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How can I know if I have the pica eating disorder?

How can I know if I have the pica eating disorder?

What do U eat?: Pica is simply the craving for & consumption of non food items. In infants this may be dirt or paint chips etc.Older kids & adults may branch off into paper, small objects, bits of plastic etc. Junk food does not qualify. The downside of pica is the possibility this undigestible material will block the gut & require surgical removal of a jumbled mass. ...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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How do you know if you have pica (an eating disorder)?

How do you know if you have pica (an eating disorder)?

Pica: Consuming substances of no nutritious value, such as soil (geophagia) or ice (pagophagia). ...Read more

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Why do I always have problem with eating disorders (pica), and other oral fixations?

Why do I always have problem with eating disorders (pica), and other oral fixations?

Therapy: Pica can be seen in iron deficiency, anemia, but does not sound like this is the cause in your case. Cognitive behavioral therapy with or without the use of medications should be tried. Other therapies may be helpful if this may be part of a bigger disorder. If not officially diagnosed this needs to be done first. Start with your primary to get referral. ...Read more

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I have an eating disorder, pica, and crave/eat paper and cannot stop! what can I do i've tried everything?

I have an eating disorder, pica, and crave/eat paper and cannot stop! what can I do i've tried everything?

Seek consultation: As previously noted this can reflect developmental issues, but also sometimes medical issues. Its more commonly seen in children. A thorough medical and probably a pediatric neurological consult would be well advised with further follow up with psychiatry and maybe a clinical psychologist specializing in pediatric or health psychology for behavioral interventions. ...Read more

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What types of eating disorder is pica?

What types of eating disorder is pica?

Eat non-food things: This is a specific disorder requiring the consumption of non-nutritive substances for at least a month, it is not developmentally expected or appropriate for that person, it is not socially sanctioned in their culture. It may occur in someone with another mental health disorder. It can be triggered by iron deficiency and by other causes. It should be evaluated and treated by a medical professional. ...Read more

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Can pica be a result of recovering from another eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia?

Can pica be a result of recovering from another eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia?

Possibly: Multiple eating disorders can be diagnosed in the same patient. Pica, however is more commonly seen alone & can indicate your diet is not providing nutrients needed for your body - maybe because of improper diet, maybe because of an undiagnosed disease, or any number of reasons. Blood work & "detective" work on your non-food cravings by your md can help figure the cause & find a solution. ...Read more

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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

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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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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?

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

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


Pica (Definition)

An abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat. Such as chalk, clay or dirt. Pica ...Read more