Sumary of USPSTF calls for more research on benefits of screening for eating disorders:
- October 20, 2021 2 min read Source/Disclosures Disclosures: Silverstein reports being an investigator on an NIH-funded project related to screening for depression, anxiety and suicide risk in adults.
- Back to Healio The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said there was insufficient evidence to make a recommendation on whether clinicians should screen asymptomatic adolescents and adults for eating disorders.
- The I statement is the USPSTF’s first-ever draft recommendation on eating disorders.
- ” Although data indicate that the lifetime prevalence of eating disorders in the U.S. may vary from 0.5% to 3.5% in women, 0.1% to 2% in men, 0.3% to 2.3% in teenage girls and 0.3% to 1.3% in teenage boys, the topic has not been extensively researched, according to the USPSTF.
- Other medical societies have issued eating disorder-related recommendations.
- ” In addition, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends “that clinicians be able to identify signs of disordered eating and screen at-risk patients,” the task force wrote.
- ” Until such evidence becomes available, Silverstein encouraged physicians to be aware of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, such as frequent changes in mood and weight.
- He said populations that are at higher risk for eating disorders include women, older adolescents and transgender individuals.