The patient with an eating disorder
Although the formal eating disorders – anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder – are relatively rare, the accompanying distress, physical complications and mortality risks require primary care providers to be vigilant in diagnosing people at risk. Secrecy and shame may conceal detection, and the negative attitudes some health professionals have toward people with eating disorders may compromise treatment. The scarcity of specialized treatment resources means that primary care providers will inevitably be involved in the patient's care.
In the patient with an eating disorder: