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Can a Person Be Forced Into Treatment Based on Weight?

By January 11, 2013

I have two questions that are not related. One question I have is I am drinking over 100 fluid ounces a day of water, tea, and diet sodas. I am just thristy. Is that too much fluid? The second question is I am 21 years old and I was wondering, is there is any way a physican can force a person to go into treatment, or into the hospital, because his or her weight is too low? I really appreciate your help! Thanks. – CT

CT,

Typically, about 64 ounces of water a day are our bodies’ requirement.  A person may need more or less based on heat, exercise and other factors.

Please check out the article “Water and Weight Loss” on our site for more information about your question.

As for your second question, a person can be forced into treatment or hospitalization based on weight. Typically, the patient’s family takes the lead if the individual is engaging in behaviors that are dangerous (such as an untreated ED) and the court can mandate care if a physician validates that it is essential.  It is very sad if it gets to this point.  The better result is for the patient to respond to the care and concern of the family and the medical team and seek care for his or herself.

Best wishes to you,

Brenda K. Woods, MD, FAAFP