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How can I be underweight but not have an eating disorder?

How can I be underweight but not have an eating disorder?

Good observation...: Looks like u're trying to lose weight & u're noticing that ur ways are suggestive of an eating disorder. The focus now should be on the eating disorder & it's underlying belief system, body image, related issues... U'll then be freer to lose weight (or not) from a space of wellness & wholeness, not a space of confusion & lack. Ur goal will also likely become to lose weight, not be underweight! ...Read more

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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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Could you still have an eating disorder without being underweight?

Could you still have an eating disorder without being underweight?

Absolutely. An : Eating disorder is more than anorexia (where one is very thin and still believes to be fat) or bulimia. Having an eating disorder has to do with one's relationship to food which could be described as unhealthy or problematic. Eating more than one needs when not hungry, emotional overeating, etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an eating disorder without being underweight?

Is it possible to have an eating disorder without being underweight?

Absolutely: There are types of disordered eating characterized by binge eating which even after purging, result in normal or perhaps slightly overweight bodies. Being caught up in a non-healthy compulsive eating pattern is the prime characteristic in my opinion. Therapists expertised in this area will be able to help find solutions regardless of bmi status. Not having the medical threat of starvation is good! ...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 to do if I am going to an endocrine and I'm bulimic but my mom doesn't know can they find out u have an eating disorder if u are not underweight?

What to do if I am going to an endocrine and I'm bulimic but my mom doesn't know can they find out u have an eating disorder if u are not underweight?

Bulimia is a : life threatening disease which (I think you may be a minor) your parents should know about. If you are binging and purging, tell your parents and get professional help. ...Read more

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Lost 20 pounds, but im not underweight for my height, is this an eating disorder?

Lost 20 pounds, but im not underweight for my height, is this an eating disorder?

Are you eating less?: If you are not eating less, then i think that you should see your family doctor for an evaluation regarding physical causes of weight loss. It would certainly be very unusual for an eating disorder to start at your age. Hyperthyroidism and other causes of weight-loss including malignancy must be ruled out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you be admitted to a hospital for an eating disorder even if you're not underweight?

Can you be admitted to a hospital for an eating disorder even if you're not underweight?

Possibly: Bulimia nervosa and morbid obesity can both have serious physical and emotional consequences. A number of factors will be considered when determining if admission is indicated. Take care. ...Read more

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Im 21- and female with an eating disorder (ednos)- im 5'2 ' in height and underweight. Not able to eat no matter what.Why?

Im 21- and female with an eating disorder (ednos)- im 5'2 '  in height  and underweight. Not able to eat no matter what.Why?

Needs psych eval: Agree with the physiologc work up but also needs simultaneous psych evaluation and management. It is good she has admitted to the issue. ...Read more

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Do I have an eating disorder?

Do I have an eating disorder?

5 signs to watch for: You may have an eating disorder if you answer yes to two or more of the following: 1) do you force yourself to vomit because you're uncomfortably full? 2) do you worry that you've lost control over how much you eat? 3) have you lost >14 lbs in a 3 month period? 4) do you believe you're fat when others think you are too thin? 5) does thinking about food dominate your life? (from aarp magazine). ...Read more

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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