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How have the definition of eating disorders changed?

How have the definition of eating disorders changed?

Wider definition: The definitions of eating disorders have changed over time. More men are diagnosed with these problems now. More subtle eating restrictions (like diets with no medical purpose) are now seen as eating disorders. ...Read more

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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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How does eating disorder treatment work? What does the psychiatrist do with the patient?

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How does eating disorder treatment work? What does the psychiatrist do with the patient?

Eating DO: Help them build self esteem, confidence & self worth. Medications used to treat underlying depression or anxiety. ...Read more

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Is nonstop xs eating a symptom of eating disorder?

Is nonstop xs eating a symptom of eating disorder?

Eating: Cd probably means excess. Could be medical causes such as diabetes, medications, or eating disorder if other symptoms ate present such as binging/purging. ...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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What are some early signs of eating disorders?

What are some early signs of eating disorders?

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

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Is vomiting a mandatory symptom for diagnosis of binge eating disorders?

Is vomiting a mandatory symptom for diagnosis of binge eating disorders?

No: Self induced vomiting is the most common method to compensate for binge eating episodes in the purging type of bulimia nervosa. Others include misuse of laxatives. Diuretics, enemas. However there are other methods of compensating which include excessive exercise and fasting classified as the nonpurging type. ...Read more

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Are there tests to diagnose eating disorders?

See U PCP: And he or she will be able to tell u if u. R or refer u to someone else. ...Read more

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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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Is there a blood test for eating disorders?

Is there a blood test for eating disorders?

No test for eating: Disorders that are specific enough to diagnose them. However a number of the blood tests on a chemistry profile can show up as abnormal and indicate the doctor that you are having trouble with an eating disorder. These would include low potassium, other electrolyte abnormalities, and an abnormal b un. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Recently blood tests for eating disorder, what will happen?

Recently blood tests for eating disorder, what will happen?

See details: There are no direct blood tests for eating disorders. Blood tests for these issues generally monitor electrolytes and check for anemia. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have pica (an eating disorder)?

How do you know if you have pica (an eating disorder)?

Pica: Consuming substances of no nutritious value, such as soil (geophagia) or ice (pagophagia). ...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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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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Are there natural ways to treat eating disorders?

Yes: In general eating disorders are considered to be a psychiatric condition and a multidisciplinary approach with nutritional rehabilitation, medical monitoring, and psychological treatment. Medications can be used but are not alway necessary. ...Read more

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I have been in treatment for eating disorder. What are my options of a balanced workout?

I have been in treatment for eating disorder. What are my options of a balanced workout?

Walking: How about walking? You can do it anywhere. Limit yourself to 45 minutes per day. Limit your heart rate to 110-120 BPM (225-your age) x 60%. That's 60% of your max heart rate. 140 BPM should be the max-that's 80% of your max hr. So, basically, a brisk walk for 45 minutes. You shouldn't over do with that, right? Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the controversies about treatments of eating disorders?

What are the controversies about treatments of eating disorders?

Few Get AdequateCare: Eating disorders r very hard + expensive 2treat effectively. It takes a skilled interdisciplinary team, long stretches of treatmnt (ideally involving patient and close family members) + supportive maintenance. One ed, anorexia nervosa=the most fatal mental disorder: about 10% w/anorexia die from suicide/starvation/metabolic failure/other. Those w/eds often resist/refuse treatmnt &/or often relapse. ...Read more

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Is there a good cure for binge eating disorder?

Is there a good cure for binge eating disorder?

Recovery is possible: BED is an attempt to resolve a psychological conflict through physical action. People often think they are triggered by food but actually are triggered by internal conflicts that lead to the food. They binge to numb, distract or comfort themselves. The "cure" is to identify what's eating "at" you instead of focusing on what you're eating, and find new ways to respond to yourself. ...Read more

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How do ı get rid of eating disorder by myself? Firstly ı was like anorexic but then it turned binge eating. ı am taking laxatives lots of.

You can't: You can't treat an eating disorder yourself. They are very complex and you will need help. Being aware of your problem is the first step. But treatment is difficult. Find a counselor who is trained to treat this condition. ...Read more

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Is the 12 step program for eating disorders similar to the 12 step program for alcoholics/drug users?

Yes: The steps are largely the same. All 12 -step groups are based on the same steps. Admitting they were powerless over their illness/problem. And admitting that a power greater than themselves could restore them to sanity. Then following a series of steps to come to terms with their past actions and to enable them to lead fruitful productive lives and to be of service to others who suffered simil. ...Read more

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Are there genetic causes of eating disorders?

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Are there genetic causes of eating disorders?

Eating DO: The specific causes are unknown. It is however believed to be combination of biological (such as genetic predisposition), psychological (such as self-image distortions), &/or environmental factors (such as social isolation, early maltreatment, cultural, peer pressure). As I tell my patients, "genetics loads the gun, environment pulls the trigger". ...Read more

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Who is at risk for eating disorders?

Who is at risk for eating disorders?

Adolescents: 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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How can I prevent eating disorders?

Prevent. Eat. Disord: Watch for the symptoms and seek help. ...Read more

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What are eating disorders?

What are eating disorders?

3 main types: Binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. ...Read more

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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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Can men have eating disorders?

Certainly can: While more common in women, men certainly can suffer eatng disorders. They may be more uncomfortable about seeking treatment or talking to their doctor. Nonetheless they can suffer the same serious health consequences and can benefit from treatment. See: http://cpancf. Com/eatingdisorders. Asp. ...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 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?

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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Who is at risk for eating disorders?

Adolescents: 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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What are examples of eating disorders?

What are examples of eating disorders?

3 main types: Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. ...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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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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Are eating disorders a recent phenomenon?

No: It can be traced back to the an isn't greek and egyptian. ...Read more

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Is there a common age for eating disorders?

No.: Although many people associate eating disorders with teenage girls, the reality is that people of all ages, ethnicities and genders can develop eating disorders. In my practice I treat several men in their 60s who suffered for decades and didn't seek help, thinking they had a "girl's" problem. Many eating disorders start in the teenage years or in young adulthood, but not all. ...Read more

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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

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How common are eating disorders in the teen?

How common are eating disorders in the teen?

Not real high: The national institute of mental health estimates eating disorders in adolescents to be about 1.7% (1 in 60), counting anoerxia, bulimia, and other disorders centered on poor eating. If one counts obesity as an eating disorder, then the number in the us skyrocket, because that has risen to nearly 20% by age 18 now. ...Read more