For those living with an eating disorder, the holidays may be the toughest time of the year. Holidays are often synonymous with large amounts of food, increased stress, and extended periods of time with family—which are all factors that can exacerbate eating disorder symptoms. Because eating disorder thoughts and behaviors can increase during the holidays, it’s important to be especially vigilant of your patients this time of year.
There are many common signs and symptoms healthcare providers should look for that denote the presence of an eating disorder. During the holidays, certain symptoms may become more noticeable, specifically the following:
If you are concerned that a patient is suffering from an eating disorder, the most important thing you can do is address it. Speak openly with the patient about your concerns and potential treatment options. It’s essential to refer the patient to eating disorder specialty care where the illness can be treated promptly. The referral process for The Emily Program is simple; you or your patient can call 1-888-364-5977 or visit our get started page. From there, our admissions specialists will work with you and your patient to find an appropriate treatment option that will facilitate recovery and healing.
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