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Spotlight: physical health risks of patients with an eating disorder

Although eating disorders present challenging psychological issues for professionals, short-term and long-term physical complications are also commonplace. Here, the author looks at some of these physical health risks

Introduction What is underweight?Management of acute underweight ConclusionCase studyReferences Introduction Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is the most lethal psychiatric condition, and cause of death is roughly half due to suicide and half due to physical complications.1 Therefore, perhaps more than any other health condition, patients living with eating disorders require support psychologically and physically. Primary care health professionals are uniquely situated and skilled to administer both of these aspects of care – and to help with the coordination of the other necessary professionals (such as psychiatrists, therapists, dietitians and medical teams). Primary care professionals may also find themselves confronted with patients


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