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Are there eating disorders other than anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating?

Are there eating disorders other than anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating?

Yes there are.: Other eating disorders: cravings for specific foods or non-edible substances (clay or starch in pregnancy, dirt & ice in iron & zinc deficiencies, pica in children & adolescents eating any non-nutritive substance), psychiatric disorders looking like eating disorders (depression, somatization disorders, schizophrenia) with food aversions, body distortions, delusions, paranoia that affect eating. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits ...Read more


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What medications are usually given for eating disorders? Either for bulimia, binge eating, or anorexia?

What medications are usually given for eating disorders? Either for bulimia, binge eating, or anorexia?

That depends: On whether you have associated MEDICAL ISSUES that require medication. In rare cases eating disorders have a purely medical or neurological basis. Most of the time these are psychiatric types of issues which can be approached with or without medication. Need a good clean diagnosis first by a trained expert. Search out a good psychologist/psychiatrist for guidance and help. ...Read more

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How do binge-eating disorder, anorexia and bulimia nervosa affect the lifespan?

How do binge-eating disorder, anorexia and bulimia nervosa affect the lifespan?

Greatly: Untreated or under treated, eating disorders as a whole have up to a 25% mortality rate. That means that eating disorders can be deadly. Studies show treatment helps, and the more treatment, the lower the risk of complications and death. ...Read more

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I purge immediately after supper. I don't binge. Is this anorexia or bulimia?

I purge immediately after supper. I don't binge. Is this anorexia or bulimia?

Wrong question !: The label is not important. What is important is that purging is a potentially a harmful symptom . It is a signal that a person is struggling with issues and should get help. ...Read more

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What is the diffrence between bulimia vs binge and purge anorexia?

What is the diffrence between bulimia vs binge and purge anorexia?

Weight & body image: Bulimia typically involves intake of massive amounts of calories with purging to prevent weight gain; if no purging occurs, obesity is the inevitable result. Otherwise, weight usually is within the normal range, and many with bulimia do not have major distortions in body image. Anorexia requires body weight 85% or less of expected with disturbed body image; can re restricting or binge/purge. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with binge/purge anorexia. Hows that different from bulimia?

I was diagnosed with binge/purge anorexia. Hows that different from bulimia?

Definitions: Bulimia nervosa is also an eating disorder. Those with bulimia nervosa usually binge and purge-purging means they force themselves to vomit. A pure bulimic would not binge eat, they would just purge after meals. Bulimia nervosa and eating disorders in general can be quite severe and even fatal. People can die from eating disorders which is why treatment is vital. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have anorexia and binge eating disorder and bulemia?

How to tell if I have anorexia and binge eating disorder and bulemia?

Yes: Some people have all three. If you are doing a bit of all three, call a facility that treats eating disorders and get help asap. It can be treated, but if it goes on for too long some damage can be irreversible. Do not wait, get help! ...Read more

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Can pica be a result of recovering from another eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia?

Can pica be a result of recovering from another eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia?

Possibly: Multiple eating disorders can be diagnosed in the same patient. Pica, however is more commonly seen alone & can indicate your diet is not providing nutrients needed for your body - maybe because of improper diet, maybe because of an undiagnosed disease, or any number of reasons. Blood work & "detective" work on your non-food cravings by your md can help figure the cause & find a solution. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both bulimia and anorexia and what is the outcome? I go from barley eating at all then to eating then purging, its like a cycle

Is it possible to have both bulimia and anorexia and what is the outcome? I go from barley eating at all then to eating then purging, its like a cycle

Yes: yes the two conditions can have overlap in the compensatory self injurious behavior following overeating, the distinguishing feature is the bulemics tend to be overweight as tend to overeat more but underweight with anorexia as they tend to restric calories more then overeat. treatment is similar for both with multidisciplinary approach involving psychologocal counseling and SSRI therapy. ...Read more

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I have bulimia, anorexia, and compulsive eating, what to do?

I have bulimia, anorexia, and compulsive eating, what to do?

You should see: Your family doctor to rule out any nutritional deficiencies. I would also recommend that you see an eating disorder specialist. Also a psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorders could be quite helpful. The therapist would be able to help you in terms of psychotherapy and overeaters anonymous is another resource that you should look into. Best wishes. ...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