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Diagnosis of Eating Disorders

The doctor will ask about symptoms and past health. This will involve questions about eating habits and weight control.
Each eating disorder has its own group of symptoms and food habits.

Tests

Tests may include:
  • Blood tests—to check electrolyte or mineral levels
  • Urine tests—to check for certain proteins or kidney problems
  • Bone density tests
  • ECG —to check the heart

Psychological Exam

A series of certain tests and questionnaires will be done. These check for eating disorders and other mental health problems. Depression and anxiety are common in people with eating disorders.
These, along with other test results and physical exam, will help confirm a diagnosis.

References

Anorexia nervosa. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/anorexia-nervosa. Accessed April 4, 2022.
Binge eating disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/binge-eating-disorder. Accessed April 4, 2022.
Bulimia nervosa. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/bulimia-nervosa. Accessed April 4, 2022.
Eating disorders: About more than food. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders. Accessed April 4, 2022.

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