Essay on The Importance Of Eating Disorders And Therapy

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Eating Disorders and Therapy

In this paper I will be discussing various eating disorders and ways in which occupational therapists along with physical therapists may treat such problems along with issues that patients may present upon attempting to treat them. Occupational and physical therapists often work side by side to treat patients that are recovering from a disease or a surgery to help them regain their ability to perform daily routine. Eating disorder affects approximately one percent of female population in the ratio of 2-3 women to one man (Fisher, B. A., & Schenkman, M., 2012). The three major categories of eating disorders are: Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, and Binge eating disorder, along with other specified feeding or eating disorders such as: Atypical anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa low frequency duration, and Purging disorder. Each of these disorders has different diagnostic criteria. In order to be diagnosed with Anorexia nervosa the patient has to have a BMI of less the 5th percentile and purposely malnourish him or herself for more than half a day that lasts for at least three months (Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K., 2014). A patient would be diagnosed with Bulimia nervosa if a patient also practices such associated features as either self-induced vomiting, overuse of diuretic remedies or laxatives. Over exercising or fasting may be a signs of this disorder as well. In order to consider the possibility of the disease the patient must present a binge…

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