During a medical history evaluation for
eating disorders, the doctor will ask you
The amount of food you eat at one time, how often you eat food, what type of food you eat, any particular ways that food needs to be prepared or served, and other eating habits.
Diets and weight loss. Your doctor may ask:
What types of diets you've used and how many times you've gone on a diet over the past year.
Whether you think you should be dieting.
How much weight you've lost when dieting.
How you feel about your shape and body size.
Whether your weight affects how
you feel about yourself.
How often you think about food
throughout the day.
Whether you think you are overweight.
periods. Females who have eating disorders often have irregular menstrual
cycles. They often stop (or never start) having their
Amount of sexual interest. People with anorexia nervosa
often lack interest in sexual activities.
The type and amount of exercise you
Involvement in sports, dance, modeling, or other activities
that emphasize thinness.
Whether you have ever eaten so much that
your stomach felt uncomfortable, and whether you have ever tried to get rid of
food you have eaten by vomiting or using laxatives or water pills
Whether you have any problems with your stomach, your
bowels, your ability to pass urine, or skipped or slow
Whether you have had any treatment for eating disorders
or other conditions (such as depression or problems with your thyroid gland) in
The doctor may also ask questions about:
Alcohol and drug use.
difficulties with emotions (such as feeling sad or being very anxious),
difficulties with recurring and uncontrollable thoughts (especially about food,
dieting, or thinness), or difficulties getting along well with other
Any thoughts about wanting to hurt or kill
Any concerns about your sexuality, sexual preference, or
Any history of physical, emotional, or sexual
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November 14, 2014
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