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MEDICAL ASPECTS OF BULIMIA

The aim of the current chapter is to acquaint the reader with the clinical syndrome, medical complications, and medical treatment of bulimia. The evaluation of a client with an eating disorder should involve a multidisciplinary team approach. This should include a mental health professional to assess psychological and family status, and to provide individual, group, and family therapy as indicated. The team also should include a dietitian to evaluate nutritional status and needs and to offer assistance in establishing optimum nutrition to the patient and her family. Involvement of a health care provider, usually a physician or a physician-nurse team is necessary for appraisal of medical status, evaluation of complications, and direction of appropriate medical therapy.