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mom worries how can i be underweight without eating disorders?

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Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Need Good Evaluation: If you are underweight and have not been intentionally restricting your calorie intake, then it would be a good idea to undergo a thorough physical evaluation to make sure there are no causes for your weight loss that need to be revealed.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
By definition: By definition, some people will be underweight for height by standards created when studying large populations.Within this group (5%) there are some that are culturally/genetically slim but also include some with underlying medical conditions that prevent them from achieving a more normal weight for height.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can dysphagia lead to an eating disorder?

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Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing and this difficuly could lead to not wanting to eat in a healthy, sustaining way. Get the problem fixed.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I'm worried about my friend. How can I tell if she has an eating disorder?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Talks how fat theyar: Has an obsession with weight and food. It might seem like all your friend thinks (and talks) about is food, calories, fat grams, weight, and being thin. Goes on extreme or highly restrictive diets (for example, eating only clear soup or only raw veggies), cuts food into tiny pieces, moves food around on the plate instead of eating it, and is very precise about how food is arranged on the plate.
A 51-year-old member asked:

Is obesity an eating disorder?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, Maybe, and No: Whether obesity is an eating disorder depends on whose definition one uses, and on what odd behaviors occur. A binge eater who eats huge amounts in an hour has an eating disorder. A chocolate addict who got obese on 3 lbs of chocolate a day has an eating disorder and an addiction problem. A person who got obese by eating a normal dessert 3 times a day for 20 years doesn't have an eating disorder.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Am I hurting my body if I have an eating disorder?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Possibly: The key is in the words "eating disorder". If eating habits cause problems of any kind it is likely a "disorder" and can be "hurting" the body. Anorexia causes medical issues in it's extremes including electrolyte abnormalities, damaged kidney function, cardiac irregularities and even death. Bulimia isn't much better. Erosion of teeth, GI problems, electrolyte issues stem from binging & purging.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I'm depressed. Could I also have an eating disorder?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Possible: It is possible to have depression as well as an eating disorder; however, it is very common in depression to experience a change in eating behavior. Some with depression may eat more ("feeding the depression") yet others may eat less. Be sure to check with your family doctor or psychiatrist to see if any changes to your eating habit are because of an eating disorder or from depression.

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