Eating disorders are being diagnosed and managed by an increasing number of pediatricians and practitioners of adolescent medicine. These physicians are increasingly discovering the power and importance of their patients' health insurance status in the management of these conditions because the lack of appropriate insurance may often pose obstacles and barriers to care. This article provides an analysis of this situation through brief case presentations followed by a discussion and recommendations.
Eating disorders involve a series of conditions that include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and nonspecific eating disorders that are often of long duration, sometimes life threatening, and in many instances chronic and/or with frequent relapses. They need to be treated from a biomedical perspective by a variety of professionals (physicians, nurses, nutritionists), yet this is usually insufficient. Behavioral and mental health treatment need to be provided as well, including input from professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social