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i drank a glass of soy milk and 3 bottles of water. you're probably thinking i've got an eating disorder, but why can i eat so little and not even feel sick?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
You mention drinking: not eating. Drinking that much may not be an eating disorder but something else. Please check w/doc to rule out diabetes. Frequent urination? Peace and good health.

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