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

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Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
19 years experience Psychiatry
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.
Answered on Mar 14, 2015
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