Eating Disorders: A Personal Story with Implications for Dentists, Educators and Healthcare Professionals

Publication ID Published Version
8280 March 23, 2011 1


This video chronicles the events of a dental student who overcame an eating disorder. The purposes of this video are to:

  1. Develop an appreciation from the perspective of both the patient/student and clinician of the complexity of the psychological issues associated with these disorders.
  2. Discuss the impact of eating disorders on system and oral health.
  3. Suggest approaches to assist students and patients who may be struggling with early symptoms of the most common eating disorders.
  4. Review the intraoral symptoms and signs of these disorders.
  5. Discuss strategies for referral.

This work is the true-life story of one of the authors (MAY). Its effectiveness is evident in the emotion this presentation creates in the audience.

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Ypma M, Etzel K, Siegel M. Eating Disorders: A Personal Story with Implications for Dentists, Educators and Healthcare Professionals. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2011. Available from:

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

Educational Objectives

  1. Define eating disorders and discuss the psychological basis for these potentially life-threatening illnesses.
  2. Identify the medial and oral consequences of eating disorders.
  3. Provide practical approaches to provide assistance to patients and students who present with symptoms of the disorder.
  4. Understand, through a case presentation, what challenges are faced by an individual who has, and is currently experiencing an eating disorder.


  • Eating Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Image


  • Medical
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Psychiatry


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Patient Care

Professional Interest

  • Oral Health

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Fellow
    • Resident


  • Video

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