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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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Dr. Alan Ali
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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...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?

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

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


Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more