Working with eating disorder (ED) clients (in a helpful way) is very different than how most of us were trained in school.
As a Registered Dietitian, I have worked with hundreds of ED clients throughout the years, and honed my intake questions to figure out what is really going on with someone who uses food as a way to cope.
Let's take a look at some questions you may use outside of anthropometic numbers/ labs/ food frequency.
Here are questions I ask everyone, regardless of ED or not:
I will also ask about mental health, suicidal thoughts/attempts, medications, drug/alcohol use and frequency, any supplements/herbal/alternative medicines used, and more.
Once I am talking with them, some of the questions in our first session may include:
*The following questions may or may not be used based on how I read the person that day, the severity of the disorder, co-morbid issues, or other reasons that you just feel.
Among other questions.
Bottom line, eating disorders are complex mental health issues that manifest behaviorally with food behaviors, and can turn into gnarly medical problems. Treat the person with compassion, understanding, and be a good listener. This will get you more information, and allow you to help them the best you can. Don't rush to conclusions or "fixes." Treat the whole person.
What would you like to learn about working with eating disorders?
Drop me an email, and I'll choose some topics for future blog posts and training :)
~Libby Parker, MS, RD
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Long time- no blogging.
I've been busy writing my book "Permission To Eat," which is a unique self-help book for college students with actionable steps to break-up with their eating disorder.
It's slated to be available for purchase in June 2019!
Please read more about it HERE.
I've also been getting asked to do more training for professionals on treating clients/patients with eating disorders (ED). Is this something you'd be interested in?
Leave a comment below or email me. I'm thinking of doing some small-group masterminds for this, and would love to hear if 1) you want this, and 2) what exactly you'd want to learn.
I think educating professionals who don't currently specialize in EDs, but want to be more proficient when they do come across them, is where i'm most excited to start.
Tell me what you think.
in the meantime, make sure to go to my main website and see what I have to offer (not only nutrition counseling, but YouTube videos, blog posts, online courses, and recovery groups!)
...and join the Facebook group for relevant articles, education, and community with other professionals!
Hope to see you there!
Hello my lovely readers!
I just wanted to hop on here and apologize for the lack of updates and new courses recently.
My personal life has exploded and pushed online work to a back burner. To give you some perspective: I have just bought and sold a house (and in process of moving and dealing with contractors), am in my last semester of grad school (!), working 3 jobs (not even including online course work), and have the lead in a musical. I need to just focus on keeping everything from falling-apart right now.
I intend to start creating more courses in January and step it up in 2018. Please hang in here with me,and enjoy the free courses currently available.
Please let me know what you would like to learn about for future course creation!
e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I appreciate your patience in this time of transition.
2 more courses are now available (FREE)!
The First 2 FREE (!) courses are available!!!
Anorexia Nervosa: The Basics
Bulimia Nervosa: The Basics
Check out the courses at:
You will need to create a log-in, but it is completely free. I would love your feedback before creating more courses (including what you would like to see in future courses).
Make it a great day!
5-Question Screening Tool for Eating Disorders
I get it, as medical professionals you are go-go-go! How do you take the time to assess if someone has an eating disorder when they are not presenting?
In 1999, the “SCOFF Questionnaire” was developed to give providers a fast way to assess for Anorexia or Bulimia (false positive rate of only 12.5% for the controls – but maybe they developed one later, there was not commentary on follow up).
Answering “yes” to at least two of the following questions led to a nearly 100% positive diagnosis of anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.
Ask your patient(s):
The SCOFF questions*
Although the authors’ state there is need for further testing to increase validity of the SCOFF questions, this questionnaire has been standard in various health care settings for many years.
Get this questionnaire as a PDF that you can take directly into the exam room HERE.
Libby Parker, MS, RD, is a Registered Dietitian, author, and is working on her CEDRD credentials.
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