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Doctor insights on: Bad Teenage Eating Habits And The Brain

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What are causes of sudden change in behavior and eating habits--ravenous and hoarding?

What are causes of sudden change in behavior and eating habits--ravenous and hoarding?

Behavior Change: First it is advisable to have a physical exam to find out if there is any illness. If not then it would be good to consult with a Clinical Psychologist to get help. Medication might also be useful. ...Read more

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Habits (Definition)

A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired ...Read more


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Have I permanently stunted mental/physichal growth from stress, depression, alcohol use, and sometimes bad eating and sleeping during adolescent?

Have I permanently stunted mental/physichal growth from stress, depression, alcohol use, and sometimes bad eating and sleeping during adolescent?

Tough to say: But at 18yo it is not too late to stop the bad behaviors and turn your life around with better habits and an improved mental and physical outlook on life, to help increase your chances of improvement in what you seek. ...Read more

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After eating fatty unhealthy food, how can I cleanse my body of all the unhealthy food and start all over fresh to put healthy food in my body?

After eating fatty unhealthy food, how can I cleanse my body of all the unhealthy food and start all over fresh to put healthy food in my body?

Does'n work that way: Our body is an amazing biochemical machine but it does not work the same way as in your car engine. Therefore, we cannot just flush out the toxins or bad things in one shot like car mechanics do on car engine. Despite a lot of claims by several OTC medications, those cleansing methods are myths and not scientifically found. Try to eat healthy and live healthy consistently is the best way. ...Read more

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Is eating junk food once in a while bad for your health and sweets?

Is eating junk food once in a while bad for your health and sweets?

Suit yourself: Life's too short and too difficult already without struggling to live within the strict proscriptions of militants. A sensible diet (avoid the worst grease, sugar and salt) most of the time is useful; binding yourself to avoiding every candy bar or snack chip that you actually want is being obsessive rather than living a healthy lifestyle. A focus on aerobic fitness is even more helpful. ...Read more

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What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

Varied : Some children, with or without autism, react poorly to artificial colors, dyes, sweeteners and preservatives. These and certain foods can be found on the feingold diet. Other children seem have negative responses to dairy and/or wheat proteins and others do not do well if their sugars fluctuate. Speak with your provider and visit some of the websites for autism to get more information. ...Read more

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How can I be more disciplined with my eating (ie. Less junk food and soda and more of the healthy stuff)?

How can I be more disciplined with my eating (ie. Less junk food and soda and more of the healthy stuff)?

Small changes: Make small changes and set short, manageable goals. For example, give up one junk food for 2 wks. Find some healthy substitutes. After 2 wks, you may have the less-healthy food again, but only for a special occasion. Give up another one, and keep doing this as you get used to less junk food in your diet. Also add a bit more exercise every 2 wks. ...Read more

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When eating can't stop thinking about the nutritional value. Mostly obsessed with eating less saturated fat and h phobia of it. How to stop monitoring?

When eating can't stop thinking about the nutritional value. Mostly obsessed with eating less saturated fat and h phobia of it. How to stop monitoring?

Just to add: If the 'obsessed' and phobia are truly upsetting, work with a therapist on developing healthier thoughts about these issues and developing some counters for upsetting thoughts may be helpful. While your eating habits and thoughts may not reflect an eating disorder, you seem to be saying that the ruminations are upsetting to you and may benefit from therapy. ...Read more

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What are some good bedtime sleep habits to develop in my child?

What are some good bedtime sleep habits to develop in my child?

Consistency and time: Having a consistent routine for sleeping and waking time to allow for about 9 hours of sleep. Bed time habits need to be tailored to the age and taste of the child, brushing teeth, shower, bed time stories, reading by her/himself, warm milk etc. ...Read more

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Can overeating and obesity cause weird abdominal pain and stomach pain?I eat every 3-4 hours and is a compulsive eating even if hunger is so real

Can overeating and obesity cause weird abdominal pain and stomach pain?I eat every 3-4 hours and is a compulsive eating even if hunger is so real

Yes, of course!: There is little more I can add. Mistreating any part of your body can (and should) provide you with feedback. It's trying to tell to to STOP! mistreating it. I urge you to try to find help for this eating disorder before it damages you so badly that your life is threatened. Please do take this seriously and find effective help. Best! ...Read more

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Is eating grease in moderation bad for you? Despite eating healthy for the most part.

Is eating grease in moderation bad for you? Despite eating healthy for the most part.

Natural Origin, No!: The idea the saturated fats were unhealthy was dishonestly promoted by ancel keys, starting in 1953. This was his "theory", though the evidence available to him contradicted his theory. So what did he do? He cherry picked the data - fraudulant, & did not look at other factors. Study: "how the government makes you fat", "stossel debunking food myths" foxnews, also nusi.Org. "lustig fatchance", etc. ...Read more

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Could losing sleep from school make you depressed and not motivated in life and have an impact on brain development?

Could losing sleep from school make you depressed and not motivated in life and have an impact on brain development?

Yes: It sounds like depression is the major issue here and is contributing to the lack of sleep, decreased motivation, and other symptoms. Help is available and can be very beneficial. A combination of medication and counseling is usually a good course of action to start with. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Can dehydration, regular Pepsi intake, or some specific lack in nutrients cause vomiting and diarrhea? Brother is unhealthy and this happens sometimes

Can dehydration, regular Pepsi intake, or some specific lack in nutrients cause vomiting and diarrhea? Brother is unhealthy and this happens sometimes

Unhealthy: vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration (not usually the other way around). Drinking excessive soft drinks can contribute to upset stomachs and possibly diarrhea depending on how a person tolerates carbonated, sugary beverages. Unhealthy eating can also cause diarrhea (as can lack of certain nutrients). Please have your brother see a doctor for a complete check up. ...Read more

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What are the eating habits of a healthy person?

What are the eating habits of a healthy person?

Eats less,exercise m: For good health our body needs a balanced meal made of carbs, proteins and some healthy fats. A good source of healthy carbs are grains(avoid sugars as much as possible), good amount of proteins from eggs, fish, nuts and low fat dairy.No saturated fats(avoidingredmeats) but use oils for cooking(olive oil is the best.). ...Read more

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Consistent BP of 170/80 and fastng sugar of 7.2 even after excercising weight control and eating healthy? Age 56.what not to eat?

Consistent BP of 170/80 and fastng sugar of 7.2 even after excercising weight control and eating healthy? Age 56.what not to eat?

Avoid Carbs/Sugars: Carbohydrate means all sugars, both simple & complex. Diabetes Mellitus is defined as elevated sugar, thus avoid all sugars, this includes most fruit. Instead go HFLC & study DietDoctor.com, Gary Taubes, Peter Attia, Robert Lustig. The LowFat diet (promoted by Ancel Keys & George McGovern) is Not healthy. It drives Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, elevated blood pressure, etc. ...Read more

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How to break my unhealthy food habbits like overeating and eating to mutch sugar?

How to break my unhealthy food habbits like overeating and eating to mutch sugar?

Talk to Someone: It would be helpful for you to talk to a counselor, therapist, or nutritionist. Whenever you're trying to change a lifestyle, it is usually necessary to put people in your life to give expertise, support, and structure. Hope it goes well for you! ...Read more

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What are the effects of an unbalanced diet on young children (for example, eating just pbj on bread)?

What are the effects of an unbalanced diet on young children (for example, eating just pbj on bread)?

Unbalanced diet: Pbj especially with whole grain bread may not necessarily make an unbalanced diet. It is rich in energy, provides the desired type of fat, is rich in protein and is a good source of fiber. A child who does not eat fruits and vegetables may need supplemental vitamins. Drinking milk will provide calcium and additional calories. Don't worry - this might just be a transient phase. ...Read more

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Woulda bad diet in childhood mess up your blood sugar control permanently?I eat healthy now as a teenager, andadult.Would this have effect on present?

Woulda bad diet in childhood mess up your blood sugar control permanently?I eat healthy now as  a teenager, andadult.Would this have effect on present?

Healthy : Your previous bad eating habits should have no effect on you as long as you keep eating healthy.Congratulations. ...Read more