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I'm in the middle of eating disorder recovery. Therapist doesn't want me to weigh myself. Should i listen to her?

I'm in the middle of eating disorder recovery. Therapist doesn't want me to weigh myself. Should i listen to her?

Yes: Doing regular daily or several times daily weigh ins with an eating disorder is only going to exacerbate the illness, and in a way is somewhat akin to an addiction or compulsion. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Eating Disorder (Definition)

Eating disorder is 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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How will my teachers react if my mam tells them about my eating disorder? I've lied about it for so long but my therapist wants my school to know.

How will my teachers react if my mam tells them about my eating disorder? I've lied about  it for so long but my therapist wants my school to know.

Unknown: Perhaps you should consider that they already know, because of your behavior. Being honest about a private struggle can be helpful, but work with your Therapist to understand the process. ...Read more

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Where should I begin with bulimia treatment? I have noticed that my health is deteriorating rapidly, but I am too afraid to go back to therapist...

Where should I begin with bulimia treatment? I have noticed that my health is deteriorating rapidly, but I am too afraid to go back to therapist...

Treatment team: For best results with bulimia, you need a treatment team that includes your physician, your therapist(s), nutritionist & psychiatrist. This complex illness involves body, mind, emotions, and spirit. What makes you afraid to return to your therapist? Is this person helping you understand and care for yourself better? Most therapists want to know of any problems, so they can be addressed. ...Read more

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Who develops eating disorders?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Bulimia nervosa or "bulimia" is a psychiatric 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