Afsoun Khalili, BSc, ND
Associate Professor and Clinic FacultyCanadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
“It is vital to address underlying causes and identify solutions or strategies to overcome the disorder. “A family history should be obtained regarding eating disorders and other psychiatric disorders. A detailed physical examination should be conducted with particular attention to vital signs; physical status (including height and weight); heart rate and rhythm; evidence of self-injurious behavior; muscular weakness; and more. Regular monitoring of Body Mass Index (BMI) should also be done.” Dr. Khalili points to a few studies where patients have had success in returning to a healthy weight and reducing harmful behaviors such as binging. One study shows that zinc was associated with an accelerated improvement of BMI. Another study indicated that patients receiving cognitive behavioral therapy saw decreases in episodes of binging and purging.”