Disclosure patterns of eating and weight concerns to clinicians, educational professionals, family, and peers
Article first published online: 30 JUN 2005
Copyright © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 18–23, July 2005
How to Cite
Becker, A. E., Thomas, J. J., Franko, D. L. and Herzog, D. B. (2005), Disclosure patterns of eating and weight concerns to clinicians, educational professionals, family, and peers. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 38: 18–23. doi: 10.1002/eat.20141
- Issue published online: 30 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 30 JUN 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 JUN 2004
- primary care;
- treatment seeking
The current study investigated disclosure of eating and weight concerns to professionals, peers, and family.
Responses to a telephone questionnaire probing disclosure patterns were analyzed in a sample of 216 adult subjects with eating or weight symptoms, concerns, or problems.
Nearly all of the sample (97.7%) had disclosed information about eating or weight symptoms or concerns to someone. Only 57% of the sample had disclosed this information to a health care professional. However, among subjects who had not otherwise volunteered information about their concerns, those who were queried were more likely than not to disclose them to health care professionals, counselors, and coaches. Disclosure to a health care professional or school counselor was associated with a higher likelihood of subsequent treatment seeking.
These data suggest that individuals with disordered eating may be quite amenable to disclosing symptoms in clinical settings. Asking about an eating disorder may enhance detection and facilitate treatment in clinical settings. © 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.