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A 24-year-old female asked:

i'm trying to gain needed weight after a eating disorder but i really don't want to only b/c i have this natural double chin and it's only going to get bigger with weight gain...so what do i do?

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Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Body image: In addition to maintaining a healthy body weight, recovery from an eating disorder includes counseling to help deal with body image and issues of control. Your doctor can suggest a counselor to help you with these parts of your recovery.
Dr. Forrest Jones
Specializes in Family Medicine
Health first: When you say you must gain needed weight, that suggests you are underweight, with BMI below 23. That's important since underweight can result in poor ability to resist infection and stress. It also negatively effects fertility. It can cause chronic fatigue & other problems due to insufficient essential nutrients. Address that first, then see your clinician about cosmetic options. Hope that helps.
Dr. Nikel Rogers-wood
Clinical Psychology 13 years experience
Talk about it: The process of gaining weight after struggling with an eating disorder can be so difficult - particularly because you have been doing just the opposite. It might be helpful to work with a therapist during this time so that you can explore and start to shift and manage your feelings about your body.

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Last updated Aug 3, 2016

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