Mental Health Question #23
The mother of a 16-year-old female adolescent states, “I am very worried about how much thinner my daughter has become over the past two years. She eats at every meal, but I worry about peer pressure to look thin.” Which response by the nurse is most appropriate?
- “She is at a stage of development when fat and distribution of fat changes.”
- “Have you noticed her going to the bathroom after meals? She could be throwing up.”
- “I agree with your concerns and we will closely monitor for further changes.”
- “What types of foods is your daughter eating at meals?”
Fat distribution and diminishment occurs during this period of time. Option B is incorrect as the question does not provide indication of bulimia or anorexia. Option C is incorrect as the nurse is incorrectly making assumptions without data. Option D may be beneficial, but the question does not indicate that weight loss has occurred. This selection may be appropriate after acknowledging how fat distribution occurs in this age group.