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How Is Anorexia Nervosa Diagnosed?
How Is Anorexia Nervosa Diagnosed?

The diagnosis and evaluation process usually begins with a detailed interview with the person with anorexia nervosa and family members.

Questions which are usually asked, are the following:

  • Weight history
  • Eating patterns
  • Concerns about weight and shape
  • Dieting and weight-losing behaviours
  • Whether or not binge eating has been a problem
  • Problems in the family or other relationships
  • Physical and psychological symptoms that occurred before the disorder started

Diagnosis may also involve a person being medically evaluated in order to assess the physical problems that may have resulted from weight loss, vomiting, and laxative abuse.

It is important to rule out other possible physical explanations for the weight loss and become aware of other physical problems that may affect how the person is treated.

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