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Episode 10 Extra Anorexia Dangerous Yet …forgotten

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An important conversation about why eating disorders are being forgotten in the medical world, despite the fact that they cause the most deaths among all mental illnesses.

In our last episode, we met Meredith Healey, a young woman who battled with anorexia and anxiety in her first year of university. But there’s one part of Meredith’s story that really stands out for us. While she was gripped by her first panic attack, she went to the hospital thinking she was having a heart attack. An ER doctor helped by asking her to breathe into a paper bag. When Meredith eventually calmed down, the doctor simply sent her home.

At this point, Meredith was 100 pounds. She was skinny and frail, yet the ER doctor didn’t pick up on any physical signs pointing to a mental illness.

Where is the disconnect when it comes to recognition by healthcare professionals?

For more insight we asked Dr. Brian Goldman, an ER doctor and host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art, to join us for a chat.

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