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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. Heidi Fowler
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Eating Disorder (Definition)

A psychiatric condition characterized by abnormal eating habits and dysfunctional relationship with food. Examples of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia ...Read more


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Am i normal or do I have an eating disorder? What are the signs of developing an eating disorder?

Am i normal or do I have an eating disorder? What are the signs of developing an eating disorder?

Wt preoccupation: Wt and eating preoccupation and distorted body image-are the symptoms. An evaluation with a practitioner familiarwitheating disorders is indicated .I would recommend getting a therapist and working on self esteem and nurturing yourself unhealthy ways. ...Read more

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If i considered purging do I have an eating disorder?

If i considered purging do I have an eating disorder?

Possibly: If you are just thinking about purging then you may not have a fully fledged eating disorder however the fact that you are thinking some about it implies there may be a body image disturbance and potentially concomitant distortion in your beliefs about what constitutes a normative eating pattern. I would consider talking to a doctor about your feelings. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Why do I keep having cravings to eat dirt? Do I have an eating disorder?

Why do I keep having cravings to eat dirt? Do I have an eating disorder?

This is called Pica : In certain populations or cultures it is actually fairly common in children and women - especially in pregnancy. It may reflect a mineral deficiency and is only diagnosed if it lasts over a month. Since it can lead to poisoning, it is good to get effective behavioral control over it. Find a specialist behavioral therapist if possible or one who is willing to learn about this disorder. ...Read more

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Do I have an eating disorder i just lack control. What should I do?

Do I have an eating disorder i just lack control. What should I do?

Eating Disorder: It is not clear from your comment whether you have an eating disorder or not, consult a mental health professional who specializes in treating eating disorders to get a proper diagnosis and also receive the help you may need. Best. ...Read more

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;m 15, about 5"4, and i weigh 114lbs :( do I have an eating disorder, or do I just want to be skinny?

;m 15, about 5"4, and i weigh 114lbs :( do I have an eating disorder, or do I just want to be skinny?

Maybe neither: Normally think of 100lbs for the 1st 5 feet and 5lbs for each additional inch so you are just a bit under-your wt preoccupation could be an issue and ann behavior around eating is what would qualify you for an eating disorder. ...Read more

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I tend to eat one meal a day but otherwise i don't eat. Do I have an eating disorder or am i just over reacting?

I tend to eat one meal a day but otherwise i don't eat. Do I have an eating disorder or am i just over reacting?

1 meal a day?: This may or may not be an eating disorder. It depends on whether you're purposefully restricting yourself from eating when you're naturally hungry. Most people -- unless very depressed or very sick otherwise -- experience hunger several times a day. Eating 1 meal a day could impact your metabolism adversely, especially if you tend to eat lots of simple carbohydrates and processed foods. ...Read more

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Do I have an eating disorder? How do I recover? I have been restricting my calories for over a year and lately I am eating under 300 calories a day.

Do I have an eating disorder? How do I recover?
I have been restricting my calories for over a year and lately I am eating under 300 calories a day.

300 calories a day: is much too low. Please see a mental health professional who specializes in eating disorders. The Renfrew Clinic is an in-patient hospital for this. Please cooperate and do this. You will be much happier and healthier. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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And i'm depressed most of the time. Do I have an eating disorder?

And i'm depressed most of the time. Do I have an eating disorder?

Maybe: You should seek formal psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. See a psychiatrist in your area for accurate diagnosis in your particular case. Good luck. ...Read more

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I typically go 24-40 hours without eating and take around a minimum of 4 laxatives after anytime I eat. I am miserable. Do I have an eating disorder?

I typically go 24-40 hours without eating and take around a minimum of 4 laxatives after anytime I eat. I am miserable. Do I have an eating disorder?

Yes: You likely have an eating disorder if you are taking laxatives regularly or intentionally not eating at least 1 meal a day. Causes could be multiple and treatments aren't often easy depending what kind of eating issue you have. Bulimia, anorexia and binge eating are the most common types but they all overlap. Discuss it with one of our mental health colleagues, it will help. ...Read more

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Do I have an eating disorder?Most times i eat large amounts and just can't stop. During the school week I have 900 or less call a day but rarely purge

Yes: If you feel you cannot control your eating, even if you do not exactly meet criterea for a specific eating disorder you have and eating disorder that requires treatment. I would reccomend you seek out some therapoutic help from someone who is experienced with eating disorders. ...Read more

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Under 100 calories is my dietary calorie goal. Do I have an eating disorder, or what?

Under 100 calories is my dietary calorie goal. Do I have an eating disorder, or what?

Under 100 calories : Under 100 calories is not enough to sustain a human being for very long. On a diet women try to eat 1200 calories a day. If you are eating under 100 a day you have an eating disorder and should get help from a specialist in the field (psychologist psychiatrist). Don't delay eating disorders can be fatal. ...Read more

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My heart is beating fast because of my diet, do I have an eating disorder or can I treat it on my own?

My heart is beating fast because of my diet, do I have an eating disorder or can I treat it on my own?

You can't treat: Rapid heartbeat or an eating disorder on your own. Both of those are dangerous situations. Please start by seeing your doc. He/she can assess your heartbeat and refer to a cardiologist if needed. Eating disorders can lead to cardiac problems. (singer karen carpenter died from these circumstances.) please get help from the doc or an eating disorder specialist so you can be happy and healthy. ...Read more

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I starve myself and binge. It's a pattern and it really sucks. I can't stop! do I have an eating disorder?

Doesn't seem healthy: So, whether it conforms exactly to a DX or not, it would be good to get into a better pattern, and - with help - you can. Experts who have lots of experience should be able to guide you and avoid your making mistakes that might frustrate your efforts. Changing such basic habits is hard on your own, but can even go easily if you're lucky and really want to correct this. Good luck - you can do it! ...Read more

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I'm afraid to consume over one hundred calories, and I cry at the thought of gaining weight. Do I have an eating disorder or am I just overreacting?

Eating disorder : I agree with you. You have an eating disorder. Normal calories for your age is about 2000 calories per day. If you are afraid of how you look or would look if you eat too much then food is not your problem. You need a wise counselor who will help you find your emotional triggers and deal with the cause and not trying to find no food as a solution. Eat and enjoy life in reasonable amounts! ...Read more

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Do I have an eating disorder?I haven't been eating normally for a year now. I binge, have purged a few times&feel reallyguilty when i eat and starve.

Possible: Yes, you could have an eating disorder. And it would be very wise to see a doctor about this, especially if not eating normally for "about a year." you're in a common age range for these problems, too. Psychiatrists and psychologists can treat these problems effectively. There are eating disorder programs for both outpatients and inpatients. http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/. ...Read more

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Do I have an eating disorder? Have taken laxatives, induced vomiting after binges, gone on 1000cal diets over the past 20 years

Do I have an eating disorder? Have taken laxatives, induced vomiting after binges, gone on 1000cal diets over the past 20 years

Worrisome symptoms: You are describing binging and purging, and you are cutting your caloric intake significantly. These symptoms are certainly indicative of an eating disorder and/or body dysmorphic disorder. There are other criteria that must be met to actually be diagnosed but i would strongly recommend you see your fp or psychiatrist for further evaluation as these conditions could be dangerous. ...Read more

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Don?T or do I have a eating disorder?

Evaluate: An evaluation by a psychiatrist can help you determine this. Seeing your primary care doc can assess for any immediate health hazards. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Apsychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more