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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is it possible for me to have an eating disorder even though I'm not skinny? Im worried about my relationship with food.
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Yes: Yes, binge eating disorder sufferers are usually close to normal weight. ...Read more
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
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