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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Eating Disorder (Overview)

A psychiatric condition characterized by abnormal eating habits and a dysfunctional relationship with food. Some types of an eating disorder are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating.


Dr. Heidi Fowler
891 doctors shared insights

Eating Disorder (Overview)

A psychiatric condition characterized by abnormal eating habits and a dysfunctional relationship with food. Some types of an eating disorder are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating.


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What causes eating disorders?

What causes eating disorders?

Multiple stressors: Some likely causes are; sexual abuse, dysfunctional families full of ridicule regarding weight, size and eating habits, social pressures at school, home or organized groups one attends. Also medical problems affecting appearance, motor functions, speech or hearing. Our culture of thinness in the U.S. Is harmful. Clearly genetics has a role as well in "setting the table" for eating disorders. ...Read more

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Eating disorder (Tip)

Don't weight yourself if you have an eating disorder. ...See more

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Overcoming Bulimia & Binge Eating (Checklist)

Do not skip meals
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List your binge triggers
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Get professional help
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What causes eating disorders?

What causes eating disorders?

Biological base: In my practice, the majority of patients with eating disorders have bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, so a similar anxiety disorder. The majority also have had some form of physical or sexual molestation or abuse. In my opinion, the best treatments focus on the causes. Biologically based causes respond well to medications, and the psychological damage responds to psychotherapy. ...Read more

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How are eating disorders defined?

How are eating disorders defined?

Disability: The definition of a disorder is a condition that interferes with "normal function." a bit of fortune cookie wisdom that i like is "you are what you think about most of the time." by this definition, an eating disorder is defined simply by the fact that someone is always pre-occupied by their diet. Medically, though, the definition involves measurable adverse effects on the person's health. ...Read more

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Dr. Mitchell Vogel Dr. Vogel
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Eating disorder (Tip)

Seek out an eating disorder program at your local hospital. ...See more

Dr. Henry Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fried foods
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Read all food labels
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Avoid foods with visible fat
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Do not eat the skin when eating poultry
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Eating disorders not eating at all?

Eating disorders not eating at all?

It varies: Eating disorders encompass a broad spectrum; there are eating disorders in which people restrict food intake or use exercise to compensate, and there are others that binge (eat a large quantity quickly) and then purge (try to eliminate the food via laxatives, vomiting, or other ways). In general eating disorders could be thought of as eating patterns that have a significant impact on life quality. ...Read more

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Could eating disorders be inherited?

Could eating disorders be inherited?

Not exactly.: Some studies point to a genetic predisposition towards eating disorders, but in my experience it is not inherited in the sense of a medical issue such as heart disease. In families where both a parent and a child has an eating disorder, it usually has a basis in behavior rather than biology. The child is emulating the parent's behavior with food, weight, body image, etc. ...Read more

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Eating disorder (Tip)

Consider an eating disorder therapy group - you won't feel so alone & will improve coping skills. ...See more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Eating a High Protein Diet (Checklist)

Balance diet with lots of greens, vegetables, & hydrate adequately
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What kinds of eating disorders are there?

More than imaginable: The two best known eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia and various combinations of the two. Another recognized disorder is compulsive overeating. However, there are many forms of disturbed eating which develop when people are unhappy with their bodies. These involve overexercise, restirictive eating, yo-yo dieting, night binge disorder, and others, all of which are unhealthy. ...Read more

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Eating disorder (Tip)

Don't minimize your child's eating disorder as a "phase." it can be life threatening, so get help. ...See more

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
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Eating a Low-Carb Diet (Checklist)

Read labels. Fiber, while a carb, is not digested
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Eat your vegetables!
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Try some of the many low-carb recipes online
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Substitute a low-carb, high-fiber tortilla wrap for sandwiches
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What are the contributing factors to eating disorders?

What are the contributing factors to eating disorders?

Complex Factors : Eating disorders are very complex and serious illnesses. Using the biopsychosocial model some contributing factors might be genetic predisposition, medical illness, childhood abuse, distorted body image and pressure by the media to have idealized body-types. This list is far from complete. To learn more about eating disorders: http://www.Nmha.Org/go/eating-disorders. ...Read more

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Do I have an eating disorder?

Do I have an eating disorder?

5 signs to watch for: You may have an eating disorder if you answer yes to two or more of the following: 1) do you force yourself to vomit because you're uncomfortably full? 2) do you worry that you've lost control over how much you eat? 3) have you lost >14 lbs in a 3 month period? 4) do you believe you're fat when others think you are too thin? 5) does thinking about food dominate your life? (from aarp magazine). ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
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Eating disorder (Tip)

If you think you have an eating disorder - rule one: discuss with someone who cares. It is step 1! ...See more

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Eating a Vegetarian Diet (Checklist)

Eat a variety of foods to get proper nutrition.
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If you don't eat milk or eggs, take vitamin B12 supplements
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Eating Disorders (Definition)

Eating disorders involve serious disturbance in eating behavior that could include extreme food reduction or overeating in addition to feeling undue distress over body weight/ shape. The most common eating disorders are bulimia, binge eating, and anorexia. A great place to obtain information is ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
759 doctors shared insights

Bulimia (Definition)

A psychiatric disorder in which a person overeats at a single sitting (binges) and then vomits later to purge himself or herself ...Read more