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I have an eating disorder. How is my skin health related to my dietary health?

I have an eating disorder. How is my skin health related to my dietary health?

Very connected: People with eating disorders often suffer from rough, dry, flaky skin, which is caused by not eating enough protein or fat. These symptoms will improve as your diet improves and omega-3 fatty acid supplements can be helpful as well. Your doctor will also check your vitamin d and thyroid levels, as they can be abnormal in eating disorders and cause skin problems. ...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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I might be developing an eating disorder...Please help me okay...So my little sister and best friend both have eating disorders and now I am beginning to feel the same emotional distress that leads to an eating disorder: body dysmorphic disorder, low self

I might be developing an eating disorder...Please help me okay...So my little sister and best friend both have eating disorders and now I am beginning to feel the same emotional distress that leads to an eating disorder: body dysmorphic disorder, low self

Leads to what?: It is good that you recognize the pull of,your sister' s eating disorder. As observed in college dorms, these can be contagious. Once you buy in, you are entering a world of competition that only leads to feeling worse. Get some counseling before it even starts. Figure out the feelings that are leading you in this direction. ...Read more

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Everyone in my family is obese including me. Is it a genetic disorder? How can I get healthy?

Everyone in my family is obese including me. Is it a genetic disorder? How can I get healthy?

Multiple factors: Diet, exercise, positive self image. Cross train 3-4 times a week for 40 minutes-1hour. Eat 6-8 small fist sized portions of high protein , low carb, low salt food and drink 8-10 glasses of water daily, Have a photo of yourself or someone you would like to look like on your dressing room mirror and look at it daily. This will take 2-3 months before results are noted. ...Read more

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What medical tests can I take to check, have I damaged my digestion system with a poor diet?

What medical tests can I take to check, have I damaged my digestion system with a poor diet?

No such test: Your digestive system handles what you put into it. There's no test to see 'digestive system damage'. You should get a lipid profile done to check your cholesterol. In some cases high cholesterol and poor diet can contribute to fatty liver. A complete metabolic profile could also be checked. ...Read more

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Hi i have a chill due to weather conditions and i would like to know roughly how long it will last I am a healhy young person with no health problems?

Hi i have a chill due to weather conditions and i would like to know roughly how long it will last  I am a healhy young person with no health problems?

Usually : If you get a chill due to the weather it usually resolves once you get into a warm and dry environment. If you are really cold it can take up to an hour to warm up. ...Read more

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What's the relation between anexity and depression? Can someone have them both? Is there a certain alerting symptoms as a must to see a therapist. I am concerned about my mental and emotional health and stuck in a country that doesn't really support seek

What's the relation between anexity and depression? Can someone have them both? Is there a certain alerting symptoms as a must to see a therapist. I am concerned about my mental and emotional health and stuck in a country that doesn't really support  seek

Anxiety & Depression: Anxiety & depression can occur together in the same person. Also, chronic anxiety with no relief can lead to depression. Some of the ways people try to medicate themselves for anxiety (alcohol, marijuana, etc) can lead to depression. Antidepressants like celexa, zoloft, (sertraline) and others can help anxiety. Sounds like seeing a therapist would be good idea for u -- and if suicidal, it's an emergency. ...Read more

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Me on diet, can I use boil chicken/cereal or pasta daily?But I have pcos so have to manage weight and hormonal balance , guide about my diet in detail.

Me on diet, can I use boil chicken/cereal or pasta daily?But I have pcos so have to manage weight and hormonal balance , guide about my diet in detail.

Stop the Bad Foods: The fastest and easiest way to lose weight is to find the causes of your weight gain. I have enclosed a list of the top 6 causes for weight gain in order of which are the most important to change, if you drink sugary drinks(soda, juices, gatorade), change to no calorie drink, if you are eating burgers & fries, eat a ham sandwich, if u are skipping breakfast, have a 100 cal bagel w cheese-simple! ...Read more

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I have severe body and health issues is causing me to self-harm?

I have severe body and health issues is causing me to self-harm?

Get help: Many psychologists are well-trained in dialectical behavioral therapy and can help you with the self harm and other issues. Please consider finding one in your community, and working consistently with him or her. You don't have to continue self-harm. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to do if a mental health condition is tearing my life apart?

What to do if a mental health condition is tearing my life apart?

Get help: When things feel like this with a mental health condition, for sure you need a good psychiatrist and psychotherapist working with you. Medications can often help, along with various kinds of talk therapy. You also need supports in your day-to-day life who are reliable and have your best interests in mind. Many such conditions can be chronic but can be managed well so that you have a full life. ...Read more

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How can I be a good role model for my child in regard to my eating habits?

How can I be a good role model for my child in regard to my eating habits?

See below: You sort of answered your own question. Be a good role model and eat a healthy diet. And, encourage all care givers involved with your child to do the same. ...Read more

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Digestive health is bad. Just learned I have grain allergies and i need help/ urgent, am dying for a sandwich?

Digestive health is bad. Just learned I have grain allergies and i need help/ urgent, am dying for a sandwich?

Probably Coeliac.: Don't panic yet. Coeliac disease sounds near terminal, but if that is what it is don't worry. It means that you are sensitive to wheat. This is a challenge but in todays society you can go to the grocery store and get gluten (wheat germ) free products and live a very healthy uncomplicated life. Google coeliac disease. ...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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I have severe acne that is affecting my mental health. What can I do?

I have severe acne that is affecting my mental health. What can I do?

See a dermatologist: See a dermatologist to see if there are any underlying causes to your acne and/or other treatment options to be considered. ...Read more

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I was wondering is eating organic better for your health and diet?

I was wondering is eating organic better for your health and diet?

Yes: Organic foods are generally pesticide free or lower in pesticides than conventionally grown produce. Pesticides have been shown to cause neurologic, reproductive and developmental consequences. ...Read more

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I don't eat any fruits or vegetables since my child hood. Will it be a problem for my health in future? Any vitamin that can be recommended?

I don't eat any fruits or vegetables since my child hood.  Will it be a problem for my health in future? Any vitamin that can be recommended?

Daily multivitamin: Most foods in usa have some form of vitamin supplementation. Why don't you start eating fruits and veggies now. They are delicious. If not, recommend a daily multivitamin and you may want to add vitamin d and Folic Acid at a minimum. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! my family eats very unhealthy, how can I change this lifestyle?

Could use your help docs! my family eats very unhealthy, how can I change this lifestyle?

Healthy living: Great point about healthy living- it is a decision that involves the entire household. And that is important given the childhood obesity epidemic in the USA. Here is the guide to healthy eating (NIH) for your family. Change what you bring into the house to eat. Oatmeal is a very healthy breakfast. Focus on whole grains, non-fat dairy and greek yogurt. And exercise daily! http://tinyurl.com/qf7faaz ...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