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A 37-year-old member asked:

how can i be underweight but not have an eating disorder?

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Dr. Chad Morse
Hepatology 25 years experience
See your doctor!: 1) burning too many calories. 2) not eating enough calories. 3) not absorbing the calories you eat: examples of disease processes include: small bowel malabsorption, pancreatic insufficiency, inadequate calorie intake, poverty, malignancy and chronic inflammatory conditions (cancer, crohn's disease, celiac sprue), parasites (tapeworms).
Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Good observation...: Looks like u're trying to lose weight & u're noticing that ur ways are suggestive of an eating disorder. The focus now should be on the eating disorder & it's underlying belief system, body image, related issues... U'll then be freer to lose weight (or not) from a space of wellness & wholeness, not a space of confusion & lack. Ur goal will also likely become to lose weight, not be underweight!

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Could you still have an eating disorder without being underweight?

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Dr. Roger Saint Laurent
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Absolutely. An : Eating disorder is more than anorexia (where one is very thin and still believes to be fat) or bulimia. Having an eating disorder has to do with one's relationship to food which could be described as unhealthy or problematic. Eating more than one needs when not hungry, emotional overeating, etc.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to have an eating disorder without being underweight?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Absolutely: There are types of disordered eating characterized by binge eating which even after purging, result in normal or perhaps slightly overweight bodies. Being caught up in a non-healthy compulsive eating pattern is the prime characteristic in my opinion. Therapists expertised in this area will be able to help find solutions regardless of bmi status. Not having the medical threat of starvation is good!
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A 51-year-old female asked:

I'm underweight 5 6 & 80lbs have mental & eating disorder, where I live don't have eating disorder inpatient and going out of state won't take my Ins.

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
If insurance and: geography won't allow for inpatient therapy for your eating disorder seek out a mental health professional who may treat you w/in a mental health ward in a local hospital and include eating disorder treatment in the protocol. Peace and good health.

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