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Doctor insights on: Physiological Effects Of Eating Disorders

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What are the most common and more severe effects of eating disorders?

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What are the most common and more severe effects of eating disorders?

Eating do: Anorexia & bulimia lead to complications as noted in the diagram. ...Read more

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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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Would you please help describe the usual and more severe effects of eating disorders?

Would you please help describe the usual and more severe effects of eating disorders?

Effects: One of the most severe and life threatening effects of eating disorders is elecytrolyte imbalance. Additional severe symptoms include vitamin and mineral deficiency, ulcers, tooth decay, etc. Treatment for these issues is critical. ...Read more

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What are the effects of eating disorders if vegan?

What are the effects of eating disorders if vegan?

Eating DO in vegans: I suspect eating disorders to be no different whether u r vegetarian or not. The patterns of binging, purging & restricting diets would have as negative consequences as others. ...Read more

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Can you tell me common side effects of eating disorders?

Can you tell me common side effects of eating disorders?

There are multiple: Negative side effects to eating disorders: weight loss and gain, dental problem, heart conditions, low self-esteem, dystrophic body image, social isolation, shame, depression, death from starvation, men's traction interruption to name just a few. If you or someone you care about seems to have an eating disorder, get them help sometimes the symptoms cannot b turned around and leave permanent damage. ...Read more

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What are eating disorders?

What are eating disorders?

3 main types: Binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. ...Read more

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What causes eating disorders?

What causes eating disorders?

Multiple stressors: Some likely causes are; sexual abuse, dysfunctional families full of ridicule regarding weight, size and eating habits, social pressures at school, home or organized groups one attends. Also, medical problems affecting appearance, motor functions, speech or hearing. Our culture of thinness in the U.S. Is harmful. Clearly genetics has a role as well in "setting the table" for eating disorders. ...Read more

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What causes eating disorders?

What causes eating disorders?

Biological base: In my practice, the majority of patients with eating disorders have bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, so a similar anxiety disorder. The majority also have had some form of physical or sexual molestation or abuse.
In my opinion, the best treatments focus on the causes. Biologically based causes respond well to medications, and the psychological damage responds to psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Can men have eating disorders?

Certainly can: While more common in women, men certainly can suffer eatng disorders. They may be more uncomfortable about seeking treatment or talking to their doctor. Nonetheless, they can suffer the same serious health consequences and can benefit from treatment. See: http://cpancf. Com/eatingdisorders. Asp. ...Read more

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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

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How are eating disorders treated?

Get Specialist: Eating disorders have their own language and when possible all clinicians involved should have specialized expertise in this area. Many clinicians say they treat eds but ask and check up on what ed associations they belong to and ask if they attend conferences and special training. This is true for nutritionist, therapists, and doctors. Less qualified clinicians will cost time and health. ...Read more

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How are eating disorders defined?

How are eating disorders defined?

Disability: The definition of a disorder is a condition that interferes with "normal function." a bit of fortune cookie wisdom that I like is "you are what you think about most of the time." by this definition, an eating disorder is defined simply by the fact that someone is always pre-occupied by their diet. Medically, though, the definition involves measurable adverse effects on the person's health. ...Read more

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Eating disorders not eating at all?

It varies: Eating disorders encompass a broad spectrum; there are eating disorders in which people restrict food intake or use exercise to compensate, and there are others that binge (eat a large quantity quickly) and then purge (try to eliminate the food via laxatives, vomiting, or other ways). In general eating disorders could be thought of as eating patterns that have a significant impact on life quality. ...Read more

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Could eating disorders be inherited?

Not exactly.: Some studies point to a genetic predisposition towards eating disorders, but in my experience it is not inherited in the sense of a medical issue such as heart disease. In families where both a parent and a child has an eating disorder, it usually has a basis in behavior rather than biology. The child is emulating the parent's behavior with food, weight, body image, etc. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for eating disorders?

Who is at risk for eating disorders?

Adolescents : Both men and women are at risk for eating disorders, particularly in adolescence. If you think you have an eating disorder, please discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are examples of eating disorders?

What are examples of eating disorders?

3 main types: Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. ...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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What kinds of eating disorders are there?

More than imaginable: The two best known eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia and various combinations of the two. Another recognized disorder is compulsive overeating. However, there are many forms of disturbed eating which develop when people are unhappy with their bodies. These involve overexercise, restirictive eating, yo-yo dieting, night binge disorder, and others, all of which are unhealthy. ...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 isn't greek and egyptian. ...Read more

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Is there a common age for eating disorders?

No.: Although many people associate eating disorders with teenage girls, the reality is that people of all ages, ethnicities and genders can develop eating disorders. In my practice I treat several men in their 60s who suffered for decades and didn't seek help, thinking they had a "girl's" problem. Many eating disorders start in the teenage years or in young adulthood, but not all. ...Read more

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How common are eating disorders in children?

How common are eating disorders in children?

Eating disorders : Quite common but under-reported. More so in kids with history of family discord or abuse history. ...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 early symptoms of eating disorders?

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

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Are there tests to diagnose eating disorders?

See U PCP: And he or she will be able to tell u if u. R or refer u to someone else. ...Read more

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What kinds of people get an eating disorders?

What kinds of people get an eating disorders?

Anyone: Anorexia nervosa, bulemia, & other eating disorders are potentially life-threatening diseases best treated by providers who have substantial clinical experience in dealing, on both an outpatient and inpatient basis, with the conditions. There are centers of excellence at many tertiary institutions that combine the expertise of many specialists--find one near you please and get help soon. ...Read more

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Are eating disorders due to hereditary reasons?

EDs ; Genetics : Research has found a genetic link to eating disorders. This link has a nice overview that's also available in audio. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/anorexia-nervosa/features/anorexia-bulimia-genetic-code. ...Read more

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What are general categories of eating disorders?

Bulimia and anorexia: The main subtypes of eating disorders are bulimia (usually periods of overeating followed by periods of restricting or vomiting to avoid weight gain, generally associated with normal or slightly increased weight) and anorexia (excessive exercise, and food restriction in order to avoid weight gain, often despite plenty of evidence that the person is in fact underweight). ...Read more

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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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Are there natural ways to treat eating disorders?

Yes: In general eating disorders are considered to be a psychiatric condition and a multidisciplinary approach with nutritional rehabilitation, medical monitoring, and psychological treatment. Medications can be used but are not alway necessary. ...Read more