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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)

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 to do if i used to have an eating disorder, could this be preventing me losing weight now?

What to do if i used to have an eating disorder, could this be preventing me losing weight now?

Quite Possible: If you had issues around food before, you could have similar issues now. Just because they are not expressed in the same way, it could be related. Try overeaters anonymous (ww.Oa.Org). There is lots of help and non-judgmental support there. ...Read more

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How little does somebody have to be eating to be considered anorexic?

How little does somebody have to be eating to be considered anorexic?

Very little: Lack of appetite, severe weight loss and sometimes an association wirth bulimia are the major criteria. If this applies to you get help. It is a dangerous disease. ...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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Can you be hospitalized for an eating disorder even though your weight is normal?

Yes: Bulimia is an eating disorder, but people with this are often of normal weight. Anorexia nervosa may be what you're thinking of, and this one endangers healthy weight more because of the food restriction aspect of it. Plain bulimics do not generally restrict food intake. Anorexics may restrict food, purge with vomiting, and also abuse laxatives and diuretics. Focus on behavior not only weight. ...Read more

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I am having problems with eating, but I am too fat to have an ed. Is it possible that I have an eating disorder?

You can : You can have a problem with food. Obesity & over eating can be related to emotional issues. Contact a therapist who specializes in eating disorders and they will be able to help you understand why you are overeating. There can be multiple reasons for this & they need to talk to you to help figure out why it is happening. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have an eating disorder even though I'm not skinny? Im worried about my relationship with food.

Is it possible for me to have an eating disorder even though I'm not skinny? Im worried about my relationship with food.

Eating disorder: If concerned seek help. Seek help if food is used for satisfying emotional problems or existence of binge eating and vomiting or unrealistic fear of gaining weight despite minimal food intake ...Read more

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What eating disorder would it be if you are anorexic but still binging sometimes?

What eating disorder would it be if you are anorexic but still binging sometimes?

Names don't matter: The underlying psychopathology is the same regardless of the specific symptom(s) you may have. This is a serious problem that requires expert treatment. ...Read more

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Do I have to be under weight to get diagnosed with an eating disorder?

No: Many anorexics are underweight, but not even all of that eating disorder. Bulimics can be normal weight or even overweight. It's the pattern of eating behaviors and purging behaviors that are diagnostic. See a doctor to correct your behaviors as early as possible - before physical damage is severe and habits are more stubborn. Hope you do well and live healthy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still be diagnosed with anorexia even if you're not skinny or underweight?

Is it possible to still be diagnosed with anorexia even if you're not skinny or underweight?

Anorexia: There are 3 essential features of anorexia nervosa: persistent energy restriction leading to significantly low body weight; intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, or persistent behavior interfering with weight gain; and disturbance in perceived weight or shape. One could be very early in course of illness, but weight must be significantly low to meet all these criteria. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an eating disorder?

How to know if I have an eating disorder?

Call NEDA, Ask Q's: Speak w/someone re ur specific concerns @nat'l assn of anorexia nervosa ; related disorders (neda) helpline: (630) 577-1330. 4 educat'l info re eating disorders: neda website (http://bit.Ly/16crmyh) ; website of eating disorders info network (http://myedin.Org). Signs include: poor body image; probs enjoying food; eating/exercise habits; trouble expressing emotions; moodiness; self-harming. ...Read more

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How should I approach someone if i think they have an eating disorder?

How should I approach someone if i think they have an eating disorder?

Carefully: Approach the person gently. It is best to do so if you know them well. If not maybe try to find some one who does and approach the person in question together. Ask if everything is ok. Be supportive but open ended. Try more than once gently. Let the person open up. If they do suggest counseling. If they do not involve some others. If a coworker tell the hr department , they can refer people. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have an eating disorder?

Is it possible that I have an eating disorder?

More info needed: To answer the question more info needed. Please rephrase the question. ...Read more

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I think I might have a binge eating disorder. What can be done to stop this?

I think I might have a binge eating disorder. What can be done to stop this?

Recovery is possible: BED is way of resolving a internal conflict through physical action. People think they are triggered by food but actually are triggered by emotions that lead to bingeing. They binge to numb, distract or comfort themselves. To stop, you must seek treatment to identify what's eating "at" you instead of focusing on what you're eating, and find new ways to respond to yourself. Recovery is possible ...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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Can you be hospitalized for an eating disorder if you have a normal weight?

Yes: There are many factors besides weight - especially with bulimia. Insurance companies are reluctant to pay for hospital treatment for anorexia nervosa if weight is greater than 85% of normal. With bulimia it has to do with the level of control and what medical complications might require 24 hour nursing care. If you've got the cash, there are lots of places that will take you. ...Read more

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How can I prove i don't have an eating disorder?

How can I prove i don't have an eating disorder?

Sounds like someone: thinks you have an eating disorder and you disagree. Please see a clinical psychologist who specializes in eating disorders for a professional opinion and support if needed. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What to do if I have wondered if I have binge eating disorder, but have concluded that I'm mostly just bored could use to get over this thing?

What to do if I have wondered if I have binge eating disorder, but have concluded that I'm mostly just bored could use to get over this thing?

Emotional Eating: Many people with binge eating disorder eat because of feelings that are emotionally uncomfortable. Boredom is often another word for a feeling that is unpleasant that you have not defined for yourself. Getting over this requires learning what you are feeling and how to tolerate this without turning to food. Counseling could help as well as support groups. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Apsychiatric 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


Dr. Syed H. Sajid
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Low Body Weight (Definition)

Body mass index (BMI) uses a man or woman’s height & weight to estimate body fat. Many consider a BMI of less than 18.5 kg/ ...Read more