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Anyone been referred to a dietician for an eating disorder? Can you recommend one?

Anyone been referred to a dietician for an eating disorder? Can you recommend one?

Eating disorder: If you have an eating disorder, your best chance for recovery is with a team of professionals including psychiatrist, psychologist or other therapist, nutritionist/dietician, etc. The dietician can make suggestions, but without attending to your emotional issues you're unlikely to be able to carry out the suggestions consistently. Your primary care doctor can be a resource for referrals. ...Read more

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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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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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 treated?

How are eating disorders treated?

Get Specialist: Eating disorders have their own language and when possible all clinicians involved should have specialized expertise in this area. Many clinicians say they treat eds but ask and check up on what ed associations they belong to and ask if they attend conferences and special training. This is true for nutritionist, therapists, and doctors. Less qualified clinicians will cost time and health. ...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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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What sort of disorder is an eating disorder?

What sort of disorder is an eating disorder?

Eating disorder: An eating disorder is characterized as "lack" of normal feelings of feeling full after a meal anorexia, typically starvation -can give a patient a felling of temporary "control" or success. Bulimia is reaction to overeating perhaps1000's of calories a day, feeling depressed, out of control, then purging-vomiting, taking laxatives to try to get rid of calories.Both conditions are very serious -deadly. ...Read more

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What criteria constitute an eating disorder?

What criteria constitute an eating disorder?

Varies: There are several eating disorders and each has its own criteria. In general, if you are eating in a manner that is deleterious to your health you have an eating disorder. This includes, but is not limited to, not eating, causing vomiting, using laxatives, over eating, binge eating, or eating in a way that causes poor nutrition. ...Read more

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What are causes of eating disorders in girls?

Wide variety of thin: Maternal history of eating disorders can be a factor in developement of eating disorder in yumg girls. ...Read more

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What are the erly signs of an eating disorder?

What are the erly signs of an eating disorder?

Questions... : Are you underweight for your height, but think you are fat? Do you obsess about gaining weight ; think you are fat, although others tell you you are too thin. Have you stopped menstruating? Do you nibble at your food ; throw most of it away? If you are worried, it is probably worth consulting with a therapist who specializes in anorexia. It is hard to treat ; very important to take care of ! ...Read more

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Is it actually an eating disorder if it only comes in waves?

Still could be: You don't have to be symptomatic 24/7 to have an eating disorder diagnosis. If in doubt, schedule a medical evaluation with your physician. He or she may recommend psychological eval as well. ...Read more

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Is eating disorders genetic?

Nature vs Nurture: You can inherit characteristics that make you susceptible to ED or increase your risk, but you may also be observing disorder behavior & maladaptive coping skills. Example, if you are at risk for anxiety due to parent's history, you might have observed their manner of coping through the use of food. Through genetics & observed behavior you might also be diagnosed w/anxiety and/or eating disorder. ...Read more

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How can I get over eating disorder?

How can I get over eating disorder?

See Below: Do you overeat or restrict your food intake? This questions is too general to give a more concrete answer. Depending on the type of eating disorder you have, interventions will differ. Find a therapist who is specializing in eating disorders. Keep a food diary and mood diary to see if your eating habits are related to your mood. Stay well! ...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