Eating disorders in adolescents and young adults: What's a primary care clinician to do?
ELLEN S. ROME, MD, MPH
Dr. Rome specializes in adolescent medicine, including eating disorders and reproductive endocrinology, at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She is on the Committee on Adolescence, American Academy of Pediatrics.
Primary care clinicians play an important role in detecting and managing eating disorders, especially since the earlier the problem is identified and treatment initiated, the better the prognosis. Eating disorders can be readily detected by recognizing certain “red flags” and by asking appropriate questions.