“red flags” when treating patients with history of ED

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Patient: What amount of weight loss is concerning or raises a red flag or “warning” to doctors with a patient with a history of Disordered Eating?

Doctor: Thank you for your question. Generally healthy weight loss is around 1-2 lbs per week. If one has an eating disorder it may cause them to lose weight a at a more rapid rate. Weight loss alone cannot be used as a prognostic tool for determining the severity of one’s eating disorder. Other factors such as noticing changes in behaviour, hair loss, pale skin, and fatigue would also be factors to consider when assessing the progressing of one’s eating disorder. A weight loss of greater than 10 lbs in a month is generally a cause for a concern. Please be guided accordingly.Thank you for choosing AskTheDoctor.com

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Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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