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Eating Disorders and Gastrointestinal Conditions, What You Need To Know

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 22-28, and our podcast is focused on eating disorders in the GI community.

Gastroenterologist, Dr. Monia Werlang, joins us to discuss eating disorders in those with GI conditions and to provide helpful guidance for people who need help. Eating disorders are not rare. According to Dr. Werlang, research suggests that “about 13% of patients have suffered an eating disorder by age 20.” It’s important to note that eating disorders can affect anyone.

For example, Dr. Werlang tells us that “about a third of eating disorders occur in men” and “older women can develop eating disorders.” She also goes on to explain that eating disorders are more common in patients with chronic illnesses and autoimmune conditions.

When it comes to GI conditions specifically, Dr. Werlang notes that the prevalence of eating disorders in general gastroenterology practice may be up to 24%. One explanation for this connection could be due to the relationship between food and many GI conditions.

Listen to the full podcast for more information and if you need help or no someone who might need help with a diagnosis or treatment you can contact the National Eating Disorders Helpline: For 24/7 crisis support, text ‘NEDA’ to 741741

Or Call the Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-800-931-2237 Monday-Thursday 11AM-9PM ET & Friday 11AM-5PM.

Dr. Monia Werlang

Originally from Brazil, Dr. Werlang did her residency, chief residency and gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at Mayo Clinic Florida. She is currently working as a general gastroenterologist in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a clinical assistant professor at university of South Carolina Greenville campus. Her main areas of interest are inpatient gastroenterology, nutrition in GI and gut-brain disorders.

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