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What Are The Most Common Types Of Eating Disorders
Several: I agree with my colleagues about anorexia, bulimia, and disordered eating associated with depression. But i'd also include compulsive overeating in our groupings here. Anorexia & bulimia don't have 12-step groups associated with them, but overeaters anonymous is such a group. Maybe this attests to the very wide need for help with compulsive overeating? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Somewhat yes: Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are thought to have a significant genetic component. The specifics are not yet understood. These conditions, are "complex" genetic conditions in which a number of genes interact with each other and the environment to result in both traits that protect and/or make one vulnerabie to the condition. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eating Disorders: Too numerous to list here. Check this site for great info: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/binge-eating-disorder/ds00608/dsection=complications. ...Read more
Serious stuff: 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
Somewhat: Anorexia folks restrict food, are socially inept, have separation anxiety and a distorted body image body, they are often rigid, obsessive compulsive and depressed in their personality style. If anorectics binge & purge, they share characteristics with bulimic people - impulse control, substance abuse, personality disorders (like borderline personality). Suicide's more common in bingers & purgers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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