Reducing carbohydrates in the diet is a great way to lose weight and improve health. If you or someone you know might have anorexia nervosa, contact the following organisations for support, information and counselling. This factsheet explains how anorexia nervosa can affect your bones, how to find out if you are at risk of osteoporosis, and what you can do to help protect your bone health. Many people with anorexia nervosa do not seek treatment, and often deny that they have a problem. Physical exams can be revealing too.
If symptoms are present, the doctor will begin an evaluation by performing a complete medical history and physical examination. The doctor will ask about body image and weight loss history and measure weight and height and compare with age-based weight and growth charts. Current medications will also be reviewed. The doctor will also ask about menstrual history, exercise history and family history of eating disorders, substance abuse and psychological disorders mood, depression, suicidal thoughts. The doctor may order an electrocardiogram ECG to check for slow heart rate, chest pain, abnormal heart rhythm, or heart flutter.
Your doctor may examine your abdomen. A client can see the cause and effect of her eating disorder behaviors. This is another symptom of an eating disorder. Eating disorders can have serious, life-threatening complications. Here’s some information to help you get ready for your appointment and know what to expect from your doctor or mental health professional. Care is usually coordinated by a primary care doctor or a mental health professional, with other professionals involved. You may even have heard people joke that they wish they could have anorexia for a while so that they could lose weight. Whether you have anorexia or your loved one has anorexia, ask your doctor or mental health professional for advice on coping strategies and emotional support.