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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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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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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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Mom worries how can I be underweight without eating disorders?

Mom worries how can I be underweight without eating disorders?

Need Good Evaluation: If you are underweight and have not been intentionally restricting your calorie intake, then it would be a good idea to undergo a thorough physical evaluation to make sure there are no causes for your weight loss that need to be revealed. ...Read more

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What is the link between atheletes/models and binge purge eating disorders?

What is the link between atheletes/models and binge purge eating disorders?

Not totally clear: Some activities, e.g., dancing, gymnastics, modeling, wrestling, place high value on a certain body type. "success" may become linked to a person being at or near the bottom of ideal weight--and may encourage practices such as binging to achieve that weight. Susceptible indviduals, once having started, may find it impossible to stop, partly because of effects of starvation on thinking processes. ...Read more

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Help please! is common for women with eating disorders to bleed during early pregnancy?

Help please! is common for women with eating disorders to bleed during early pregnancy?

No: The eating disorder itself should not cause bleeding. Bleeding can occur in the early part of pregnancy in anyone and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Are there any residental rehab centers in tx for eating disorders, cutting, etc. How to tell my parents?

Yes there are : Residential treatment program for people who have eating disorders & who engage in cutting or other forms of self harm. Be honest with your parents. Explain to them what your symptoms are. What is your mood like? Any problems with sleep? With appetite? With energy level? With substance abuse? Any thoughts of suicide? Tell them about your eating behaviors & your self harm. Be candid. ...Read more

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