Talking to Your Doctor About Eating Disorders
by Amy Scholten, MPH
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with eating disorders. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Eating Disorders
About Your Risk of Developing Complications
About Treatment Options
If you decide to try counseling, interview counselors who treat people with eating disorders. Be sure that you feel comfortable with the counselor. Ask the following questions:
About Lifestyle Changes
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Last reviewed October 2012 by Michael Woods, MD
Last Updated: 10/11/2012
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