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How common are eating disorders in children?

How common are eating disorders in children?

Eating disorders : Quite common but under-reported. More so in kids with history of family discord or abuse history. ...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 can they do for children with eating disorders?

What can they do for children with eating disorders?

Educating Caregivers: The boston children's hospital has helpful info on eating disorders in kids/teens. (see: http://bit.Ly/12ngs3u) of course, preventing eating disorders is ideal. But 4 those children w/ eating disorders, working w/ their parent(s)/caregiver(s) is foundation of treatment. Focus is on (a) education & (b) changing attitudes re appearance, and habits re eating/nutrition, exercise & lifestyle. ...Read more

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I am going into childrens hospital for eating disorders, what to expect?

I am going into childrens hospital for eating disorders, what to expect?

Lot of intervention: If you are going into the hospital for an eating disorder, things must be very serious. You can expect lots of blood test, nutritional and psychological intervention. You may get IV fluids as well. Only when they have stabilized your weight as well as lab work-- and when there is no danger of severe consequences (cardiac rhythm issues, even death), will discharge be likely. This is very serious. ...Read more

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I have a history with depression and eating disorders. How likely is it that my children could develop these conditions?

I have a history with depression and eating disorders. How likely is it that my children could develop these conditions?

Nature vs Nurture: To some degree, these are inherited - but i'm certain that they are also learned. I believe that part is most important. Firstly, because it is what we can effect. Life can be difficult too, so avoiding emotional/behavioral disorders isn't easy even if there's no family history. Building a life style of making good choices, addressing issues early and solving problems well is what you can model. ...Read more

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Who develops eating disorders?

Those at risk are: Those with what are called predisposing factors (female, genetic load, cultural). Those don't necessarily make it happen. Problems such as adolescent body image, media and pressure to be thin, poor eating habits, being overweight, abuse especially sexually, harsh criticism from family about weight all contribute. When help is early on, there is less damage both psychologically and physically. ...Read more

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How is it that eating disorders start?

Rewarding: At some point, all maladaptive behavior that is maintained was reinforced/rewarded. Be it a reward of removing something painful (e..G, feeling out of control & exerting control not eating; removing guilt from binging through purging) or adding something pleasurable (e.g., receive complements for loss of weight). Nearly all behavior results from genetics + environment + experience + reward. ...Read more

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What understanding of eating disorders?

What understanding of eating disorders?

Laura Hill via TED: Watch dr laura hill's ted talk "eating disorders from the inside out." summary: "calm, pleasure & satisfaction is what most people experience after eating. But 4 people w/ eating disorders, food brings anxiety, disturbance & noise." watch here: http://bit.Ly/169jpxk. ...Read more

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Is there a biological basis for eating disorders?

Is there a biological basis for eating disorders?

Yes: Biologic, but not necessarily genetic. Women are more likely to have eating disorders than men, especially anorexia nervosa. In twins generally, if one has it the other has a higher chance of having it. That could be more sociological than genetic, especially when raised together. Sisters have a higher rate for that reason. Major mood disorders are higher in these families. Sexual abuse is common. ...Read more

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What are danger signs of teenage eating disorders?

Several signs: Evidence of binging, restricting or purging: including but not limited to rapid weight gain or loss, eating large quantities of food, eating small quantities of food, non-prescribed use of laxatives or diuretics, excessive exercise, obsession with food or weight. ...Read more

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What are the underlying causes of eating disorders?

What are the underlying causes of eating disorders?

Eating disorder: There is no one single cause. It is combination of the "nature and nurture", which is the combination of biological/genetic and social and psychological factors. ...Read more

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What are the ways that eating disorders affect you?

What are the ways that eating disorders affect you?

Depends on disorder: Anorexia nervosa has highest rate of mortality of any psychiatric disorder. Associated with severe malnutrition, bone loss, lack of menstrual cycling, cardiac alterations. Purging associated with esophageal tear. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on eradicating eating disorders?

Eradicating?: I'm not sure eating disorders can be "eradicated, " since that implies that no one would ever develop them again. But they can certainly be treated when present, and need to be. A team approach with psychiatrists, psychologists, nutritionists, etc is often best. Some early warning signs can be heeded also, to prevent more entrenched illness. Eating disorders can be deadly if not addressed. ...Read more

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What is the earliest ages that eating disorders begin?

Adolescence onward: Most people with eating disorders first develop significant symptoms in adolescence. There are some reports of eating disorders that develop before puberty, people with early onset may have a more serious disorder and early onset may be becoming more frequent. It is very unusual for an eating disorder to develop before age 9 or 10. ...Read more

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Please explain what are the causes of eating disorders?

Please explain what are the causes of eating disorders?

There R various : Causes. Although most of the symptoms revolve around weight eds r about body image ; feelings of lack of self worth. Causality is different for each person, but the conflicts around food often arise from early interactions between infants/young children ; their caregivers. Some eds r a reaction 2 sexual abuse ; a desire 2 look like a child or 2 b overweight ; therefore, less attractive 2 an abuser. ...Read more

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What are the warning signs, symptoms of eating disorders?

Preoccupation: Eating disorders share a preoccupation with food, either consuming, restricting or purging it. ...Read more

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I think I may have eating disorders. What would that mean?

I think I may have eating disorders. What would that mean?

Depends: Eating disorders include bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Bulimia can wear down dental enamel, affect gastric motility and cause electrolyte imbalances. Anorexia can cause malnutrition, muscle wasting and muscle imbalance. ...Read more

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What are the ways that eating disorders affect you socially?

Varies: The answer to your question could be quite lengthy because there are numerous possibilities. Since there are several types of eating disorders and various effects on people the social impacts could be discussed in a lengthy volume. ...Read more

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Are there any cases in which eating disorders cannot be treated?

Perhaps: However, when a behavioral treatment does not work, it is often because it is the wrong one. Better treatment matching is a consummate skill. One needs to avoid providers who limit their approaches or who want to blame the patient for failure. ...Read more

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What are the ramifications of eating disorders on a person's health?

What are the ramifications of eating disorders on a person's health?

Eating disorders: They can be a physical health problem because being overweight or underweight physically taxes the body and can be lethal in extreme vases of morbid obesity or anorexia. The eating is a physical manifestation of unprocessed, and often deeply conflicted emotions that can be quite extreme in some patients. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
746 doctors shared insights

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