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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
889 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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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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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. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
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Eating disorder (Tip)

Don't ignore an eating disorder--it can seriously hurt you. ...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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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. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Eating an Organic Diet (Checklist)

Read labels
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Stay away from conventionally grown food of which you don't know the source
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Research the "dirty dozen" fruits and only buy them if they are organic
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Eat grass-fed meats
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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 weight yourself if you have an eating disorder. ...See more

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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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Eating disorder (Tip)

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

Dr. David Liu Dr. Liu
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Eating a Vegan Diet (Checklist)

Ask your doctor if a vegan diet is appropriate for you
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See a nutritionist to ensure that you are eating a balanced diet
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See your doctor to ensure that you are getting enough micronutrients
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Could I have an eating disorder?

Could I have an eating disorder?

Need more imformatio: What makes you think you could have an eating disorder? Explaining your symptoms and struggles could help to answer your question. Please try again with details. ...Read more

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Do teens develop eating disorders?

Do teens develop eating disorders?

Yes: Teens can frequently develop anorexia nervosa or bulimia because of the images they see on tv and in magazines. This disorders are much more common in women than men. ...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. David Brouwer Dr. Brouwer
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Eating a Healthy Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fast food
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Don't drink soda
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Eat small portions
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Minimize starches and sugars
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What constitutes an eating disorder?

What constitutes an eating disorder?

Chew on this: Long topic. Please see the only reference i could find with eating disorders criteria from the new dsmv.Binge eating disorder - dsm - v - castlewood treatment center ... www.castlewoodtc.com/2012/01/binge-eating-disorder-dsm binge eating disorder- dsm- v. Published by deanna on monday, january 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm utc. The diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders version 5 is ... ...Read more

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Don?T or do I have a eating disorder?

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. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
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Eating disorder (Tip)

If you see troubling signs, discuss with your children the dangers of eating disorders or excessive exercise. ...See more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Checklist)

Speak with a clinical nutritionist
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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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How to help eating disorder recovery?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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How to help eating disorder recovery?

Binging/purging: Even with professional help, it is a slow process of recovery. A trained professional can help you explore the dynamics behind the behaviors, instead of just treating the symptoms. ...Read more

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I need advice with my eating disorder?

Multiple kinds: What kind of eating disorder? There are multiple kinds of eating disorders. Best to discuss this with your primary care provider or a psychiatrist if you have one. Unable to provide advice if we dont know what your eating disorder is. ...Read more

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Eating disorder (Tip)

Talk with a therapist. Eating disorders may signify an underlying psychological problem. ...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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Do teens ever develop eating disorders?

Absolutely!: Both men and women are at risk for eating disorders, particularly in adolescence. If you think you have an eating disorder, please discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
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Eating disorder (Tip)

True eating disorders require therapeutic counseling for 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 can I do about an eating disorder?

What can I do about an eating disorder?

Seek help: There are many professionals who are experts in treating eating disorders. Maybe you have sought treatment before and feel that,it did not,help and are discouraged. Maybe you relapsed and are embarrassed. Remember that bulimia typically takes a long,time to treat. Relapses are not uncommon but can be cut short with help. There are also support groups which are good adjuncts and 12 step meetin ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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How common is having an eating disorder?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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How common is having an eating disorder?

Eating DO: About 2% of all adults in usa have eating disorder, women more than men. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonna Larsh Dr. Larsh
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Eating disorder (Tip)

It's crucial for those with eating disorders to have a relationship with a therapist they trust. ...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. Heidi Fowler
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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