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Who develops eating disorders?

Who develops eating disorders?

Those at risk are: Those with what are called predisposing factors (female, genetic load, cultural). Those don't necessarily make it happen. Problems such as adolescent body image, media and pressure to be thin, poor eating habits, being overweight, abuse especially sexually, harsh criticism from family about weight all contribute. When help is early on, there is less damage both psychologically and physically. ...Read more

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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How is it that eating disorders start?

Rewarding: At some point, all maladaptive behavior that is maintained was reinforced/rewarded. Be it a reward of removing something painful (e. G, feeling out of control & exerting control not eating; removing guilt from binging through purging) or adding something pleasurable (e.g., receive complements for loss of weight). Nearly all behavior results from genetics + environment + experience + reward. ...Read more

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What understanding of eating disorders?

What understanding of eating disorders?

Laura Hill via TED: Watch dr laura hill's ted talk "eating disorders from the inside out." summary: "calm, pleasure & satisfaction is what most people experience after eating. But 4 people w/ eating disorders, food brings anxiety, disturbance & noise." watch here: http://bit. Ly/169jpxk. ...Read more

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Are eating disorders a recent phenomenon?

Are eating disorders a recent phenomenon?

No: It can be traced back to the an isn't greek and egyptian. ...Read more

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Is there a biological basis for eating disorders?

Is there a biological basis for eating disorders?

Yes: Biologic, but not necessarily genetic. Women are more likely to have eating disorders than men, especially anorexia nervosa. In twins generally, if one has it the other has a higher chance of having it. That could be more sociological than genetic, especially when raised together. Sisters have a higher rate for that reason. Major mood disorders are higher in these families. Sexual abuse is common. ...Read more

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What are danger signs of teenage eating disorders?

Several signs: Evidence of binging, restricting or purging: including but not limited to rapid weight gain or loss, eating large quantities of food, eating small quantities of food, non-prescribed use of laxatives or diuretics, excessive exercise, obsession with food or weight. ...Read more

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What are the underlying causes of eating disorders?

What are the underlying causes of eating disorders?

Eating disorder: There is no one single cause. It is combination of the "nature and nurture", which is the combination of biological/genetic and social and psychological factors. ...Read more

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What are the ways that eating disorders affect you?

What are the ways that eating disorders affect you?

Depends on disorder: Anorexia nervosa has highest rate of mortality of any psychiatric disorder. Associated with severe malnutrition, bone loss, lack of menstrual cycling, cardiac alterations. Purging associated with esophageal tear. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on eradicating eating disorders?

Eradicating?: I'm not sure eating disorders can be "eradicated, " since that implies that no one would ever develop them again. But they can certainly be treated when present, and need to be. A team approach with psychiatrists, psychologists, nutritionists, etc is often best. Some early warning signs can be heeded also, to prevent more entrenched illness. Eating disorders can be deadly if not addressed. ...Read more

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What is the earliest ages that eating disorders begin?

Adolescence onward: Most people with eating disorders first develop significant symptoms in adolescence. There are some reports of eating disorders that develop before puberty, people with early onset may have a more serious disorder and early onset may be becoming more frequent. It is very unusual for an eating disorder to develop before age 9 or 10. ...Read more

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Please explain what are the causes of eating disorders?

Please explain what are the causes of eating disorders?

There R various: Causes. Although most of the symptoms revolve around weight eds r about body image ; feelings of lack of self worth. Causality is different for each person, but the conflicts around food often arise from early interactions between infants/young children ; their caregivers. Some eds r a reaction 2 sexual abuse ; a desire 2 look like a child or 2 b overweight ; therefore, less attractive 2 an abuser. ...Read more

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What are the warning signs, symptoms of eating disorders?

Preoccupation: Eating disorders share a preoccupation with food, either consuming, restricting or purging it. ...Read more

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I think I may have eating disorders. What would that mean?

I think I may have eating disorders. What would that mean?

Depends: Eating disorders include bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Bulimia can wear down dental enamel, affect gastric motility and cause electrolyte imbalances. Anorexia can cause malnutrition, muscle wasting and muscle imbalance. ...Read more

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What are the ways that eating disorders affect you socially?

Varies: The answer to your question could be quite lengthy because there are numerous possibilities. Since there are several types of eating disorders and various effects on people the social impacts could be discussed in a lengthy volume. ...Read more

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Are there any cases in which eating disorders cannot be treated?

Perhaps: However, when a behavioral treatment does not work, it is often because it is the wrong one. Better treatment matching is a consummate skill. One needs to avoid providers who limit their approaches or who want to blame the patient for failure. ...Read more

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What are the ramifications of eating disorders on a person's health?

What are the ramifications of eating disorders on a person's health?

Eating disorders: They can be a physical health problem because being overweight or underweight physically taxes the body and can be lethal in extreme vases of morbid obesity or anorexia. The eating is a physical manifestation of unprocessed, and often deeply conflicted emotions that can be quite extreme in some patients. ...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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Don? T or do I have a eating disorder?

Don? T or do I have a eating disorder?

Evaluate: An evaluation by a psychiatrist can help you determine this. Seeing your primary care doc can assess for any immediate health hazards. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an eating disorder?

What to do if I have an eating disorder?

HUGE Step 2Ask 4Help: See the get help pg of website of the natl assn of anorexia nervosa ; related disorders (neda) http://bit. Ly/16crmyh. Call their helpline: (630) 577-1330. Email them: anadhelp@anad. Org. Neda can help u connect w/eating disorder experts...People who'll understand ur fears while helping u focus on the future...On the life ; relationships u want 2build. People who'll help u discover new ways of being. ...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 to know if you have an eating disorder?

How to know if you have an eating disorder?

Worth exploring!: I say if you think you might have an eating disorder, that's reason enough to visit with a specialist/psychologist and explore your eating behavior and related concerns; if not a full fledge disorder, eating does get disturbed, at times, as a symptom or an indicator of other psychological dynamics or issues worth addressing and resolving. Exploring can do no harm, and likely lots of good! ...Read more

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Describe the features of an eating disorder.?

Weight concern: "eating disorders" encompass a wide range of conditions and behaviors, but are almost always characterized by excessive weight concern and using unhealthy or maladaptive methods to control weight. Anorexia nervosa is charactized by low weight and restricting, whereas bulimia nervosa is characterized by binging then a behavior in response to the binge (ie vomiting). ...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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Please help! I have an eating disorder. Help?

Please help! I have an eating disorder. Help?

Find a therapist: If you have insurance ask for names of psychologists who have experience with eating disorders. Call a therapist or a mental health clinic. Tell them about your problem ANS ask them questions. See if they feel supportive. If they do, schedule an initial appointment to discuss the problems you are having in depth. Then they will make recommendations for treatment options. Go ahead ; make the call! ...Read more

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What are the health effects of eating disorder?

What are the health effects of eating disorder?

NEDA: NEDA has a ton of ED related resources. Helpline, referrals.
Find health consequences of an eating disorder here https://www. Nationaleatingdisorders. Org/health-consequences-eating-disorders ...Read more

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What are signs of an eating disorder in a teen?

What are signs of an eating disorder in a teen?

Weight, Body Image: Teens with eating disorders will often be overaly preoccupied with issues related to wieght and body image. They may be secretive about the way they deal with food. There may be self-induced vomiting, excessive laxative use, or unhealthy approaches to food. If a teen is losing weight to the point of being unhealthy, an eating disorder should be suspected if possibilities have been ruled out. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has an eating disorder. Stay or go?

Up to you: Eating disorders are rare in males and can be tough to treat whatever one's gender. If he recognizes the problem and is seeking help and the two of you otherwise have a good relationship, it's neither contagious nor dangerous to you. But, if he expects you to support his bad eating habits or grows angry if you mention them, then leaving may be your best option. It often is quite chronic. ...Read more

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Am I hurting my body if I have an eating disorder?

Yes, maybe: An eating disorder can lead to nutritional problems and imbalances that can harm your body. Please see your doctor for help or referral for treatment of your eating disorder. ...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