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What are the most common types of eating disorders?

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Eating Disorder (Definition)

Eating disorder is 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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Are any types of eating disorders genetic?

Are any types of eating disorders genetic?

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

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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 some common misconceptions about eating disorders?

What are some common misconceptions about eating disorders?

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

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Are there any type of diseases you can get from eating disorders?

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

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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