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lost 20 pounds, but im not underweight for my height, is this an eating disorder?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Are you eating less?: If you are not eating less, then i think that you should see your family doctor for an evaluation regarding physical causes of weight loss. It would certainly be very unusual for an eating disorder to start at your age. Hyperthyroidism and other causes of weight-loss including malignancy must be ruled out. Best wishes.

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