People with eating disorders can show a broad range of symptoms often occurring along a continuum between Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. Eating disorders are more commonly seen among females; however males do suffer from these disorders too. The ratio of female to male prevalence is estimated from 6:1 to 10:1. Weight preoccupation is a primary symptom in both anorexia and bulimia. Some patients who initially present with Bulimia Nervosa may subsequently develop anorexic symptoms. Regardless of the origin of their weight loss, patients who are significantly underweight will require a medically monitored, nutritional rehabilitation program.
Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment
- Eating Disorders: Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders
- SCOFF Questions
- Scoring and Assessment Scale for SCOFF Questions:
- Score one point for every “yes” answer
- A score of two or higher indicates a likely case of Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa