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what are the ways that eating disorders affect you?

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Dr. Charles Nemeroff
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Depends on disorder: Anorexia nervosa has highest rate of mortality of any psychiatric disorder. Associated with severe malnutrition, bone loss, lack of menstrual cycling, cardiac alterations. Purging associated with esophageal tear.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Who is at risk for eating disorders?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Several groups are.: Folks with depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders & obsessive compulsive disorders all can have issues of eating too much, too little or eating only a specific kind of food. The more direct and obvious groups are those with anorexia, bulimia or pica. Other eating disorders may come from endocrine or other medical abnormalities - thyroid, diabetes and more.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the most common types of eating disorders?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Those in depression: The large numbers of mood disorder patients & the fact that so many of them develop altered appetites one might say that is the largest group. If the category " eating disorders" is strictly followed, most common are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and their related syndromes. Most are young women making them vulnerable over a long period of time to serious health & psychosocial consequences.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there tests to diagnose eating disorders?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
No: No specific testing to diagnose ed. The diagnoses depends on the history and physical exam findings. Some blood tests will be ordered to check the medical stability of the patient and monitor the condition to avoid serious complications.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the ways that eating disorders affect you socially?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Varies: The answer to your question could be quite lengthy because there are numerous possibilities. Since there are several types of eating disorders and various effects on people the social impacts could be discussed in a lengthy volume.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the ways that eating disorders affect society at large?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Not to blame, but...: In a way, any behavior disorder is a drag on society. Which society? How severe a disorder? Subsets in america seem to have phases when a focus on physical attributes is raised to an extreme and the natural act of eating becomes distorted to serve purposes beyond nutrition. The wasted energy/productivity of people involved in unnecessary suffering could be put to better use, don't you think?

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