Relevance to General Practice
Obesity is well known for its rise in prevalence and consequence ‘status’ as a leading public health concern. Less recognised is that at the same time as body weights have been increasing, there has been a marked rise in disordered eating in the Australian and general populations. Such disordered eating includes, but is not limited to, binge eating episodes, which are defined as uncontrolled episodes of overeating on what would generally be regarded as unusually large amounts of food. Other forms of overeating are also on the rise, along with weight control behaviours and body image concerns, key features of eating disorders.
- On completion of this activity, the participant will be able to identify patients at risk of developing an eating disorder.
- On completion of this activity, the participant will be able to discuss the diagnosis and assessment of a patient with an eating disorder and comorbid obesity.
- On completion of this activity, the participant will be able to describe the management options for patients with an eating disorder comorbid with obesity.