Played: February 25, 2021
Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani explains why it is imperative for medical professionals to educate themselves about how trans and non-binary individuals may experience eating disorders differently from the "stereotypical" ED patient.
Updated Date: Jan 27, 2022
Publish Date: Feb 23, 2021
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Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani explains why it is imperative for medical professionals to educate themselves about how trans and non-binary individuals may experience eating disorders differently from the "stereotypical" ED patient. Dr. G also highlights how and why treatment will look different for these folks and acknowledges that there is a large gap in research and medical training for healthcare professionals that work with this particular population.
have the highest prevalence of eating disorder behaviors compared to their peers. And yet the stereotype of someone with an eating disorder which we know we know we know we know is incorrect. Is light skinned, smaller bodied, CIS gender, straight able, etcetera. Ah, young. So once again, we're faced with the reality that are stereotypes are incorrect. So one of the things to think about as well is that physicians don't get much training on sexual and gender minorities. That's important. I as I look back on my own medical training, I don't know that I remember a single dedicated lecture. It's been a while, but it was not a point of emphasis. So when we think about the medical setting into which these vulnerable patients are placing themselves, unless a medical provider has deliberately sought out and improved personal knowledge, they there was not, ah, structure in place for this to occur. That matters that matters as faras what kind of medical provider the individual find themselves up against. Yeah, and so that's kind of a bit crazy to me that unless a uh medical provider went out and educated themselves or intentionally, that they wouldn't actually have much education. Probably many topics. Actually. I know that's relatively truth reading to solve this as well. True, True. And not everyone can know everything, of course, but this feels like a population where physicians need tohave. Ah, lot greater awareness. I myself, in all humility, continue to want to learn and grow, develop, challenge old old things in place that I'm not even aware of so that I can do better and be inclined to cause less harm. One thing I've learned in the course of my clinical practice, for instance, is if I miss gender a patient, I have learned not to cause a micro aggression by stumbling over myself to apologize. Oh, I'm so sorry. How could I ever forgive myself? Can you ever forgive me as this terrible? That's a micro aggression. So to say, a simple apology and acknowledgement and a reset feels much more thoughtful and appropriate because no patient should ever be asked to offer forgiveness for a transgression. You know, in that setting huge thank you to Dr Galliani for taking time to talk to May I just love