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Are eating disorders (anorexia/bulimia) genetic?

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Are eating disorders (anorexia/bulimia) genetic?

Anorexia: This is one theory as to predisposition but does not always apply. Psycho social factors are important in etiology. ...Read more

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Eating Disorder (Definition)

A psychiatric condition characterized by abnormal eating habits and a dysfunctional relationship with food. Some types of an eating disorder are anorexia nervosa, bulimia ...Read more


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How have the definition of eating disorders changed?

How have the definition of eating disorders changed?

Wider definition: The definitions of eating disorders have changed over time.. More men are diagnosed with these problems now. More subtle eating restrictions (like diets with no medical purpose) are now seen as eating disorders. ...Read more

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Is eating disorders genetic?

Is eating disorders genetic?

Nature vs Nurture: You can inherit characteristics that make you susceptible to ED or increase your risk, but you may also be observing disorder behavior & maladaptive coping skills. Example, if you are at risk for anxiety due to parent's history, you might have observed their manner of coping through the use of food. Through genetics & observed behavior you might also be diagnosed w/anxiety and/or eating disorder. ...Read more

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What causes binge eating disorder?

What causes binge eating disorder?

Binge Eating: People who compulsively overeat, though, may use food as their only way of coping with negative emotions. As a result, they often feel that their eating is out of control. They think about food all the time and feel guilty, ashamed, or depressed after eating. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/binge-eating-disorder/features/compulsive-overeating-and-how-to-stop-it ...Read more

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How does eating disorder treatment work? What does the psychiatrist do with the patient?

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How does eating disorder treatment work?  What does the psychiatrist do with the patient?

Eating DO: Help them build self esteem, confidence & self worth. Medications used to treat underlying depression or anxiety. ...Read more

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Is nonstop xs eating a symptom of eating disorder?

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Is nonstop xs eating a symptom of eating disorder?

Eating: Cd probably means excess. Could be medical causes such as diabetes, medications, or eating disorder if other symptoms ate present such as binging/purging. ...Read more

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Are eating disorders and depression genetic?

Are eating disorders and depression genetic?

Genetics: Yes, genetics plays a significant role in both these conditions . . . But is far from the only factor. There are many environmental influences also. Also you can do much to help yourself and avoid these outcomes, even if you may have certain genetic inheritance. ...Read more

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Eating disorders not eating at all?

It varies: Eating disorders encompass a broad spectrum; there are eating disorders in which people restrict food intake or use exercise to compensate, and there are others that binge (eat a large quantity quickly) and then purge (try to eliminate the food via laxatives, vomiting, or other ways). In general eating disorders could be thought of as eating patterns that have a significant impact on life quality. ...Read more

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What are the warning signs, symptoms of eating disorders?

Preoccupation: Eating disorders share a preoccupation with food, either consuming, restricting or purging it. ...Read more

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Disordered eating site?

Websites: Here are a couple of reliable websites: http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/eating-disorders/complete-index.Shtml http://www.Nationaleatingdisorders.Org/ good luck and take care. ...Read more

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What are some early signs of eating disorders?

Preoccupation: Eating disorders share a preoccupation with food, either consuming, restricting or purging it. ...Read more

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Are there eating disorders other than anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating?

Are there eating disorders other than anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating?

Yes there are.: Other eating disorders: cravings for specific foods or non-edible substances (clay or starch in pregnancy, dirt & ice in iron & zinc deficiencies, pica in children & adolescents eating any non-nutritive substance), psychiatric disorders looking like eating disorders (depression, somatization disorders, schizophrenia) with food aversions, body distortions, delusions, paranoia that affect eating. ...Read more

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Is vomiting a mandatory symptom for diagnosis of binge eating disorders?

Is vomiting a mandatory symptom for diagnosis of binge eating disorders?

No: Self induced vomiting is the most common method to compensate for binge eating episodes in the purging type of bulimia nervosa. Others include misuse of laxatives. Diuretics, enemas. However there are other methods of compensating which include excessive exercise and fasting classified as the nonpurging type. ...Read more

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What causes eating disorders?

What causes eating disorders?

Multiple stressors: Some likely causes are; sexual abuse, dysfunctional families full of ridicule regarding weight, size and eating habits, social pressures at school, home or organized groups one attends. Also medical problems affecting appearance, motor functions, speech or hearing. Our culture of thinness in the U.S. Is harmful. Clearly genetics has a role as well in "setting the table" for eating disorders. ...Read more

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Are there tests to diagnose eating disorders?

See U PCP: And he or she will be able to tell u if u. R or refer u to someone else. ...Read more

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What causes eating disorders?

What causes eating disorders?

Biological base: In my practice, the majority of patients with eating disorders have bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, so a similar anxiety disorder. The majority also have had some form of physical or sexual molestation or abuse. In my opinion, the best treatments focus on the causes. Biologically based causes respond well to medications, and the psychological damage responds to psychotherapy. ...Read more

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How are eating disorders defined?

How are eating disorders defined?

Disability: The definition of a disorder is a condition that interferes with "normal function." a bit of fortune cookie wisdom that i like is "you are what you think about most of the time." by this definition, an eating disorder is defined simply by the fact that someone is always pre-occupied by their diet. Medically, though, the definition involves measurable adverse effects on the person's health. ...Read more

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Can eating disorder such as anorexia and compulsive eating cause gastritis?

Can eating disorder such as anorexia and compulsive eating cause gastritis?

Possibly.: An eating disorder can cause gastritis if there is vomiting associated with it or if a person is not eating enough, compared to the amount of acid produced in the stomach for normal digestion. The symptoms of gastritis, which can include nausea and pain, can also be caused by overeating or hunger from not eating enough. You should discuss this with your doctor and be examined. ...Read more

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How are eating disorders treated?

Get Specialist: Eating disorders have their own language and when possible all clinicians involved should have specialized expertise in this area. Many clinicians say they treat eds but ask and check up on what ed associations they belong to and ask if they attend conferences and special training. This is true for nutritionist, therapists, and doctors. Less qualified clinicians will cost time and health. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test for eating disorders?

Is there a blood test for eating disorders?

No test for eating: Disorders that are specific enough to diagnose them. However a number of the blood tests on a chemistry profile can show up as abnormal and indicate the doctor that you are having trouble with an eating disorder. These would include low potassium, other electrolyte abnormalities, and an abnormal b un. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Recently blood tests for eating disorder, what will happen?

Recently blood tests for eating disorder, what will happen?

See details: There are no direct blood tests for eating disorders. Blood tests for these issues generally monitor electrolytes and check for anemia. ...Read more

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How are an "eating disorder" and "disordered eating" different?

Degree of function: Disordered eating can take many shapes and forms from eating too much, too little, rituals with food and eating patterns, unusual food selections and so on... However, an eating disorder follows specific definitions set fourth in the dsm-5. But to answer simply, disordered eating becomes an eating disorder when it cause significant impairment in one's ability to function and cause health risks. ...Read more

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Is boredom eating considered an eating disorder?

Is boredom eating considered an eating disorder?

Not a disorder: Our current framework to consider a psychiatric disorder is based on dsm-iv-tr criteria. One key element in considering a disorder is "functional impairment". Boredom eating may be indicative of an underlying issue that would benefit from an evaluation. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have pica (an eating disorder)?

How do you know if you have pica (an eating disorder)?

Pica: Consuming substances of no nutritious value, such as soil (geophagia) or ice (pagophagia). ...Read more

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Who develops eating disorders?

Those at risk are: Those with what are called predisposing factors (female, genetic load, cultural). Those don't necessarily make it happen. Problems such as adolescent body image, media and pressure to be thin, poor eating habits, being overweight, abuse especially sexually, harsh criticism from family about weight all contribute. When help is early on, there is less damage both psychologically and physically. ...Read more

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What causes eating disorders?

Multiple stressors: Some likely causes are; sexual abuse, dysfunctional families full of ridicule regarding weight, size and eating habits, social pressures at school, home or organized groups one attends. Also medical problems affecting appearance, motor functions, speech or hearing. Our culture of thinness in the U.S. Is harmful. Clearly genetics has a role as well in "setting the table" for eating disorders. ...Read more

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Is obesity an eating disorder?

Yes, Maybe, and No: Its the consequance of decision to eat more than necessary. ...Read more

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Is disordered eating the same as eating disorders?

Yes & no: Other symptoms of eating disorder need be present such as binging, purging, fasting, frantic efforts to lose wt., etc. ...Read more

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I think I may have eating disorders. What would that mean?

I think I may have eating disorders. What would that mean?

Depends: Eating disorders include bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Bulimia can wear down dental enamel, affect gastric motility and cause electrolyte imbalances. Anorexia can cause malnutrition, muscle wasting and muscle imbalance. ...Read more

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Can healthy eating programs in schools trigger eating disorders?

Not likely: Healthy eating programs should really work against eating disorder development. Increased control of eating may be related to the development of some abnormal eating patterns for some individuals. ...Read more

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Are there natural ways to treat eating disorders?

Yes: In general eating disorders are considered to be a psychiatric condition and a multidisciplinary approach with nutritional rehabilitation, medical monitoring, and psychological treatment. Medications can be used but are not alway necessary. ...Read more

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Which eating disorder is binging and starving?

Possibly Bulimia: It's possible that binging and starving could be part of an eating disorder called bulimia nervosa. However, only a trained professional can properly evaluate the situation to decide if there is an eating disorder, and, if so, which eating disorder may exist. ...Read more

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I have been in treatment for eating disorder. What are my options of a balanced workout?

I have been in treatment for eating disorder. What are my options of a balanced workout?

Walking: How about walking? You can do it anywhere. Limit yourself to 45 minutes per day. Limit your heart rate to 110-120 BPM (225-your age) x 60%. That's 60% of your max heart rate. 140 BPM should be the max-that's 80% of your max hr. So, basically, a brisk walk for 45 minutes. You shouldn't over do with that, right? Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the controversies about treatments of eating disorders?

What are the controversies about treatments of eating disorders?

Few Get AdequateCare: Eating disorders r very hard + expensive 2treat effectively. It takes a skilled interdisciplinary team, long stretches of treatmnt (ideally involving patient and close family members) + supportive maintenance. One ed, anorexia nervosa=the most fatal mental disorder: about 10% w/anorexia die from suicide/starvation/metabolic failure/other. Those w/eds often resist/refuse treatmnt &/or often relapse. ...Read more

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Is there a good cure for binge eating disorder?

Is there a good cure for binge eating disorder?

Recovery is possible: BED is an attempt to resolve a psychological conflict through physical action. People often think they are triggered by food but actually are triggered by internal conflicts that lead to the food. They binge to numb, distract or comfort themselves. The "cure" is to identify what's eating "at" you instead of focusing on what you're eating, and find new ways to respond to yourself. ...Read more

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How do ı get rid of eating disorder by myself ? Firstly ı was like anorexic but then it turned binge eating. ı am taking laxatives lots of .

You can't: You can't treat an eating disorder yourself. They are very complex and you will need help. Being aware of your problem is the first step. But treatment is difficult. Find a counselor who is trained to treat this condition. ...Read more

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Is the 12 step program for eating disorders similar to the 12 step program for alcoholics/drug users?

Yes: The steps are largely the same. All 12 -step groups are based on the same steps. Admitting they were powerless over their illness/problem. And admitting that a power greater than themselves could restore them to sanity. Then following a series of steps to come to terms with their past actions and to enable them to lead fruitful productive lives and to be of service to others who suffered simil. ...Read more

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Are there genetic causes of eating disorders?

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Are there genetic causes of eating disorders?

Eating DO: The specific causes are unknown. It is however believed to be combination of biological (such as genetic predisposition) , psychological (such as self-image distortions), &/or environmental factors (such as social isolation, early maltreatment, cultural, peer pressure) . As i tell my patients, "genetics loads the gun, environment pulls the trigger". ...Read more