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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 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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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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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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