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Doctor insights on: Repeated Cycles Of Binging And Purging

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How many times of binging and purging until you are considered a bulimic?

How many times of binging and purging until you are considered a bulimic?

Any: Binging and purging deliberately, meaning not due to illness or side effect is abnormal and dangerous behavior. It is not like having one drink. Exploring the underlying reasons is important. Is it to control anxiety, depression or weight? There are better and safer ways to address these problems. Seek help rather than trying to figuire out what is a safe amount, there is none. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Binging And Purging (Definition)

Binging and purging is part of a a disorder called Bulimia Nervosa and is characterized by binging food and then vomiting due to worry of weight gain. It is sometimes caused by the desire to compete with the perfect look and is also due to stress.The after affect creates guilt and unhappiness and interferes with the normal activities of life and can ...Read more


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Thoughts? Could one day of binging and purging hurt me?

Thoughts? Could one day of binging and purging hurt me?

It could: Even one day of binging and purging can cause electrolyte changes that can pose a risk to cardiac function. Also violent vomiting can cause esophageal rupture. Pacreatitis also can happen. However, one day is usually not the case and this sounds like bulimia nervosa. Eating disorders ultimately destroy one's quality of life. Treatment should be sought if these behaviors continue. ...Read more

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Bouts of overating then starvation - bulimia or anorexia? combination possible?

Bouts of overating then starvation - bulimia or anorexia? combination possible?

Eating disorder: This sounds very much like the routine of a bulimic. You have the inappropriate eating followed by inappropriate ways to deal with that. What really matters, though, than putting a label on it, is that the person has a serious eating disorder that needs urgent evaluation and treatment. Who cares what you call it - either can kill you. Person should discuss with doctor ASAP for immediate treatment. ...Read more

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Can anorexia lead to more frequent periods instead of loss of periods?

What Else Going On??: Well, in this big,wide,whacky Universe, anything is possible--and there are reports here and there about that, but in the vast majority it goes the other way.And, hey, who knows,maybe there's something else going on inside you and that would be a double whammy on your body and psyche.So if that's the case,get it checked out and also see if you can get some counseling/treatment for the eating thing ...Read more

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Recovering from bulimia and have stopped purging but still struggle with binge eating and restricting. How can I stop the cycle?

Work w/therapist: I'm glad you're working on recovering from bulimia, and have at least stopped purging. Healing from this can be a long journey. You need to continue working with your therapist to deal with your triggers for this behavior -- and develop a larger repertoire of responses to these triggers. Individual and group work can provide tools that will help you through the rough spots. Be well. ...Read more

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What are the social and cultural causes of binge eating disorder?

What are the social and cultural causes of binge eating disorder?

Self-hatred: Eating disorders are a form of self - hating. There are very rare, if any, genetic forms of this. We are born dependent and loving beings. At some critical junction in our development, we are negatively adulterated in a manner that becomes imprinted in our brain matter. We come to hate that part of us...And that may last a lifetime. ...Read more

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Can eating an excess of "fatty" foods over long periods of time cause severe depression?

Can eating an excess of "fatty" foods over long periods of time cause severe depression?

It can: A diet which is mainly made up of fatty foods can cause depression. Fatty foods are usually not very nutrient rich compared to a healthy diet. A nutrient deficiency in vitamin b and omega 3 can cause depression. Depending on the type of foods that you are eating, they can also offset your blood sugar which can cause depression or mood fluctuations. ...Read more

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Is an eating disorder always characterized by binging and purging?

Is an eating disorder always characterized by binging and purging?

No: Bulimia involves bingeing and purging (through vomiting, laxatives, exercise or restricting). Anorexia involves restricting (with a subtype of purging), and Binge Eating Disorder is eating large quantities of food at once. These behaviors are only part of the clinical picture, as a person's self-esteem, ways of coping, and attitudes towards relationships and conflicts are part of the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the frequency of binge eating during anorexia recovery?

What is the frequency of binge eating during anorexia recovery?

Not so rare: Anything can happen with eating disorders - both when the anorexia is active and when improving. To achieve & maintain recovery however, establishment of healthy, moderate eating habits is of course, key. This must be the patient's uncompromised goal, and a fully supportive team of professionals and friends/family need be similarly motivated. ...Read more

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Vomiting once or twice per month.feeling tired ..needing lots of sleep. pale skin and moody followed by high levels of activity. Any thoughts. Age 19?

Vomiting once or twice per month.feeling tired ..needing lots of sleep. pale skin and moody followed by high levels of activity. Any thoughts. Age 19?

Bipolar: Please consult a behavioral/mental health expert, preferably a psychiatrist. What you described suggests a bipolar disorder. If you happen to be bipolar, the disorder is easily treatable under the care of a psychiatrist. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I suffer from bipolar can cause mania lost control of the self with the words of strange words and lack of sleep and the desire to commit suicide?

I suffer from bipolar can cause mania lost control of the self with the words of strange words and lack of sleep and the desire to commit suicide?

Yes: Yes, bipolar disorder can do all those things. Thoughts can run so fast they're hard or impossible to follow. People can go without sleep for many days/nights. If you're thinking about suicide, please contact your physician . . . Or call suicide hotline @ 1-800-784-2433. This condition needs treatment so you can feel better! ...Read more

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Fear of gaining weight obsession with food weight loss calorie counting, depression, low self esteem, self harm, preoccupation with food what is this?

Fear of gaining weight obsession with food weight loss calorie counting, depression, low self esteem, self harm, preoccupation with food what is this?

Fear and Depression: This is something that you seek professional help for, to help you figure it out. Depression sounds like the main thing here, and is causing everything else to feel even worse. There is help available for this. Contact your family doctor first, and then you can have your doctor recommend a counselor. I would do this sooner than later. You really can get over this! ...Read more

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Is it possible to overcome a cycle of restricting, bingeing, gaining weight and repeating?

Is it possible to overcome a cycle of restricting, bingeing, gaining weight and repeating?

Talk therapy: You can work with an experienced psychotherapist to heal your unhealthy relationship with food. It can be a long process. You'll also need a good primary care physician to make sure your overall health is stable. A nutritionist skilled in eating disorders is important to your recovery too. Sometimes formal inpatient eating disorder programs give you the best running start at all of this. ...Read more

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What are causes of sudden change in behavior and eating habits--ravenous and hoarding?

What are causes of sudden change in behavior and eating habits--ravenous and hoarding?

Behavior Change: First it is advisable to have a physical exam to find out if there is any illness. If not then it would be good to consult with a Clinical Psychologist to get help. Medication might also be useful. ...Read more

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Does emotional instability increase with alcohol consumption? Days of heavy drinking back to back as opposed to binge drinking?

Does emotional instability increase with alcohol consumption? Days of heavy drinking back to back as opposed to binge drinking?

Yes but : Binge drinking is not better! the first organ to b dammaged by alcohol is the CNS meaning the brain. Alcohol is the fakest friend u can imagine! it is a CNS depressant that destroys sleep, mood & personality much quicker than pple usually think. Avoid both daily heavy drinking or weekend alcohol binge, b safe & keep ur best asset healthy! ...Read more

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Is it still binge eating disorder if the "binges" are happening multiple days a week? Or every meal is a copious amount of food & feeling too full

Usually yes: One should be eating only the amount needed each day that matches the number of calories she uses up each day (or eat less than that amount, if wanting to lose weight). Eating large amounts of food at one meal is binge eating if one already gets plenty of food or calories that day. Eating large amounts at one time, because that's the only meal she gets that day, would be considered normal. ...Read more

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Would purging for 3 days then eating bad food the day later cause weight loss or gain?

Would purging for 3 days then eating bad food the day later cause weight loss or gain?

Yes: Depends on what you mean by bad food. You need good nutrition on a daily basis. Purging is a symptom of an eating disorder called bulimia. There are treatment programs available if you need help establishing a healthy pattern of eating without feeling the need to purge ...Read more

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What medications may help with reducing/eliminating compulsive grazing -- (formed after having been anorexic and get in the way of other activities)?

What medications may help with reducing/eliminating compulsive grazing -- (formed after having been anorexic and get in the way of other activities)?

Compulsive grazing: Please make an appointment to see a Psychologist as soon as you can. It will take some time but the Psychologist will carry you through over time. Things should go well - please keep me posted! ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Purging (Definition)

Purging is an action taken usually when someone binge eats and then purges or voluntarily vomits to get rid of the food in order not to gain weight..The use of laxatives is another mode of purging. This is the behavior of someone diagnosed with the eating disorder, Bulimia ...Read more


Dr. Robert Skversky
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Binge Eating (Definition)

This is the essential feature of bulimia, i.e., eating vast amounts of food in short periods of time that have nothing to do with appetite, rather having to ...Read more