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Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits ...Read more


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Recently been diagnosed with Anorexia and depression from a pyschiatrist at a weight disorder unit, does this mean I have a mental illness?

Recently been diagnosed with Anorexia and depression from  a pyschiatrist  at a weight disorder unit,  does this mean I  have a mental illness?

Terms don't matter: The term "Mental Illness" is not necessary but it is standard. Most Emotional/Behavioral disorders differ from other medical conditions in many ways. But healthcare systems blur the distinctions and Rx's are used so much that it's easy to see why. How you feel and act impacts your body and visa versa. You've developed bad ways of dealing w/ food and also deep misery. Get help to live better, ok? ...Read more

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What can I do to treat anorexia nervosa?

What can I do to treat anorexia nervosa?

Support & Knowledge : Once someone w/anorexia starts his/her recovery -starts reversing effects of malnutrition by eating a balanced diet 2get the nutrients the body needs & 2get hormones back in balance- s/he can start 2heal. But recovery can be very tough though & relapse is very common. Really helps 2have good medical/mental health team, 2know a lot re: anorexia; & 2have strong support net. http://www.anad.org. ...Read more

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What happens to your body when you have anorexia?

What happens to your body when you have anorexia?

Long List Bad Things: Include: malnutrition, heart damage, other organ damage, infertility, hair loss, tooth loss, body hair, bone loss, etc. See anad- natl assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders: http://bit.Ly/14wd5ib. One stat: about 24 million people in us suffer from an ed. One ed, anorexia nervosa = the most fatal mental disorder: about 10% w/anorexia die from suicide/starvation/metabolic failure/other. ...Read more

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How do I know if I should be receiving treatment for anorexia?

How do I know if I should be receiving treatment for anorexia?

Not improving.: If it's not improving, if you continue to lose weight, or yourself or people around you are concerned of your weight or eating habits. ...Read more

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How can I cure myself of anorexia?

How can I cure myself of anorexia?

!st be evaluated.: First a person who is having anorexia needs to be evaluated by a physician to be certain that there are no medical reasons for the anorexia or that there are no medical effects of the anorexia that need to be treated. If the the underlying reason is a psychological or emotional one, usually therapy is very helpful. The person her or himself will play an important role in getting better. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of food obsession? From pro anorexia to bulimia. I have try phsychotherapy but didn't help me

How can I get rid of food obsession? From pro anorexia to bulimia. I have try phsychotherapy but didn't help me

Overeaters Anonymous: Just as with other addictions, there is no "cure, " but there is recovery. Overeaters anonymous is based on the principles of alcoholics anonymous. Oa is not just for binge eaters, many with anorexia or bulimia find help there as well. Check www.Oa.Org for meetings in your area and more information. ...Read more

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How come slim people have heart problems--drugs, tobacco, anorexia?

How come slim people have heart problems--drugs, tobacco, anorexia?

Slim people: Slim people does not mean always healthy. They can also be affected with atherosclerosis leading to heart problems. More so when they smoke and use drugs as well. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent bloating in anorexia recovery?

What can you do to prevent bloating in anorexia recovery?

Drink less water: Bloating is made much worse by drinking large amounts of water with meals as it increases a hormone (cck), triggered by the stretch receptors of the stomach. If you are struggling with bloating with food, try to drink adequately between meals, but don't drink at at the table. ...Read more