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What causes a teenage eating disorder?

What causes a teenage eating disorder?

Binging: Biopsychosocial factors; predisposition, self esteem, and social pressures. ...Read more

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Dr. Catherine Shaw
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Teenage Eating Disorder (Definition)

Eating disorders can occur at any age; no "teenage" eating disorder. Anorexia, bulimia, overeating, & pica are common problems that can occur during teen years. Anorexia is severe calorie restriction and/or overexercise leading to dangerously low body weight; bulimia is binging and purging; excessive eating least to obsesity; pica is eating non-food substances such as ...Read more


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Did my teenage eating disorder stunt my height?

Did my teenage eating disorder stunt my height?

Possibly: Severe calorie restriction during the normal growth period definitely can affect ultimate height if it last long enough. Once the growth plates on the long bones close, growth is over, and changes in nutrition after that will have no effect on height. The teen years are a crucial time for lots of developmental changes; height is only one of them. ...Read more

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Could teenage eating disorder stunt adult height?

Could teenage eating disorder stunt adult height?

Absolutely: Malnutrition during a critical growth period such as early adolescence absolutely can delay height growth. Anorexia, inadequately treated, definitely can result in malnutrition. Growth occurs only during a defined period of time. Once that period has passed, one cannot "catch up, " even if eating goes back to normal. ...Read more

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Teenage eating disorder. Does it vary by ethnicity?

Teenage eating disorder. Does it vary by ethnicity?

Not major factor: Eating disorders occur largely in women (90%) in industrialized societies with lots of food and an idealized female form that emphasizes thinness. It is especially common in teens, with new onset spiking first around puberty and again in late teens. Not surprisingly, risk increases with those who are dissatisfied with their body image and are highly perfectionistic. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: teenage eating disorder?

What is the definition or description of: teenage eating disorder?

Not age dependent: Eating disorders can occur at any age; no "teenage" eating disorder. Anorexia, bulimia, overeating, & pica are common problems that can occur during teen years. Anorexia is severe calorie restriction and/or overexercise leading to dangerously low body weight; bulimia is binging and purging; excessive eating least to obsesity; pica is eating non-food substances such as dirt or paint chips. ...Read more

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What causes teenage eating disorder in girls?

What causes teenage eating disorder in girls?

Family disease: Adolescents model their behavior, either in identification or rebellion against their families. Disordered eating may occur in families with eating disorders or other addictions. ...Read more

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What things can create teenage eating disorders?

What things can create teenage eating disorders?

Addiction & Family: Eating disorders in teens may be associated with addictions and compulsive behavior in their families (including grandparents and parents, even those with whom the teen has no direct contact). ...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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How can I tell if a teenage girl has a eating disorder?

You may not be able: To tell! If you suspect it, try to have her evaluated by a psychiatrist with experience in eating disorders. ...Read more

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How common are eating disorders in the teen?

How common are eating disorders in the teen?

Not real high: The national institute of mental health estimates eating disorders in adolescents to be about 1.7% (1 in 60), counting anoerxia, bulimia, and other disorders centered on poor eating. If one counts obesity as an eating disorder, then the number in the us skyrocket, because that has risen to nearly 20% by age 18 now. ...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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How do you know if a teen has an eating disorder?

How do you know if a teen has an eating disorder?

Anorexia: Look for signs like preoccupation with weight, dieting and exercise; ritual behavior like frequent hand washing; complaint of headaches, constipation, amenorrhea (no period); if the teen outright views themselves as fat when they obviously are not. Frequently they will try to hide their body by wearing baggy clothes or will lie about when they last ate. ...Read more

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Do eating disorder symptoms wane as the teen gets older?

Not Unusual: It is not a guarantee, but the tendency is for eating disorders to become less severe as people move into adulthood. ...Read more

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What does it imply when someone with an eating disorder is simply a teen drama queen?

What does it imply when someone with an eating disorder is simply a teen drama queen?

Seeking attention: This means they are trying to seek attention. In reality eating disorders have become extremely common particularly in teenage girls and can easily become a lifelong problem. There are many reasons for this but it is partially related to the constant media promotion of very thin models. This is not healthy and I would not blame the problem on attention seeking but would seek counseling. ...Read more

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Is the 12 step program for eating disorders similar to the 12 step program for alcoholics/drug users?

Yes: The steps are largely the same. All 12 -step groups are based on the same steps. Admitting they were powerless over their illness/problem. And admitting that a power greater than themselves could restore them to sanity. Then following a series of steps to come to terms with their past actions and to enable them to lead fruitful productive lives and to be of service to others who suffered simil. ...Read more

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How do eating disorders change after the teen years?

How do eating disorders change after the teen years?

Not much, really: While all eating disorders peak during teenage years, especially for young women, spontaneous remission is not common as sufferers age. Disorders may take on new characteristics, such as conversion of anorexia to bulimia, but the core disturbance of the disorder - a profound disturbance is the sense of self - remains. Early treatment can be life savings as mortality rates approach 10%. ...Read more

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How can a teen girl safely lose weight without getting an eating disorder?

How can a teen girl safely lose weight without getting an eating disorder?

Fam health movement: Make it a family health movement, so your teen is not alone. Your physician can recommend a nutritionist who can educate you and your teen on a balanced diet. Start some family group exercise like walks, dance parties, etc. If you believe your teen is showing signs of an ed, consult with a mental health professional. Neda is a great ed resource. ...Read more

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On www. Drugs. Com it says not to take wellbutrin (bupropion) if you have an eating disorder. Why?

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On www. Drugs. Com it says not to take wellbutrin (bupropion) if you have an eating disorder. Why?

Wellbutrin (bupropion) & Eating: In eating disorders there is electrolyte imbalance & such can lower seizure threshold if wellbutrin (bupropion) at high dose is used, hence more chance of having seizures, although not very common. ...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


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