Talking to Your Doctor About Eating Disorders
Michael Jubinville, MPH
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it's essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors 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 Other Health Problems
About Treatment Options
If you decide to try counseling, look for counselors who treat people with eating disorders. Be sure that you feel comfortable with the person you choose. Ask the following questions:
About Lifestyle Changes
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Bulimia nervosa. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114924/Bulimia-nervosa . Updated July 16, 2018. Accessed September 6, 2018.
Getting the most out of your doctor appointment. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor. Updated January 19, 2018. Accessed September 6, 2018.
Questions to ask treatment providers. National Eating Disorders Association website. Available at: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/learn/general-information/questions-to-ask. Accessed September 6, 2018.
Last reviewed May 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 9/6/2018