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Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits ...Read more


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What do I do if eating well after anorexia and still underweight?

What do I do if eating well after anorexia and still underweight?

What is well: I've heard anorexics feel they binged on an apple and then exercise excessively. After prolonged wt loss, people have a hard time adjusting to eating enough. It may take time to extend shrunken stomach. Work with a dietician to evaluate your caloric needs based upon your activity level. You may be exercising more than your intake. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still be diagnosed with anorexia even if you're not skinny or underweight?

Is it possible to still be diagnosed with anorexia even if you're not skinny or underweight?

Anorexia: There are 3 essential features of anorexia nervosa: persistent energy restriction leading to significantly low body weight; intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, or persistent behavior interfering with weight gain; and disturbance in perceived weight or shape. One could be very early in course of illness, but weight must be significantly low to meet all these criteria. ...Read more

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My weight is increasingly alarming. I'm not anorexic but still pretty underweight. What should I do?

My weight is increasingly alarming. I'm not anorexic but still pretty underweight. What should I do?

Med eval: Please start with a comprehensive assessment by your family doctor. He or she will assess for medical causes. Take care. ...Read more

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Do I have anorexia? Not eating, no energy, I feel fat when ppl say I'm thin, I hate it when people say that I eat too little, underweight

Do I have anorexia? 
Not eating, no energy, I feel fat when ppl say I'm thin, I hate it when people say that I eat too little, underweight

Body dysmorphism : This is one aspect of anorexia nervosa, having the impression that you are overweight when yourBMI suggests you are too thin. Acting on this felling by restricting food intake is also a problem. Realizing that you may have a problem is a good thing. Please seek evaluation and treatment from a professional. Anorexia nervosa can be life threatening as essential proteins are broken down for energy. ...Read more

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My friend was once anorexic. Now she goes to her doctor for a weekly weigh in and her doctor says she's a healthy weight. Still looks underweight?

My friend was once anorexic. Now she goes to her doctor for a weekly weigh in and her doctor says she's a healthy weight.  Still looks underweight?

Anorexia: Glad to hear your friend has made progress. At this point she needs to avoid regression. Weekly weigh ins w/doc is one way to help prevent that. If she want to stop that try to convince her otherwise. Check ups w/doc more important than how your friend looks. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Why when suffering from Anorexia u can't see that from looking at a mirror how underweight u are and why body image Is distorted. How can I see this ?

Why when suffering from Anorexia u can't see that from looking at a mirror how underweight u are and why body image Is distorted. How can I see this ?

Because we see with: our mind, not our eyes & mind integrates lots of issues, not only photon patterns on the retinas; the meaning of "no one is so blind as he who will not see" How improve? Focus on the multiple individual & internalize historical issues driving perception, i.e. all internal issues interpreted as evidence of lack of self worth, not worthy of self love, not good enough, not performing well enough. ...Read more

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Do I have to be severely underweight to go into inpatient anorexia treatment?

Do I have to be severely underweight to go into inpatient anorexia treatment?

Get treated: Anorexia nervosa is deadly. If you believe you have it, get with a specialist now. Inpatient or outpatient, the key is compliance on your part. If you feel you need an inpatient program, chances are it can be made available -- this isn't my area, but savvy providers aim to prevent the worse effects. I am very glad you asked and hope you'll find the strength to do what you need to. ...Read more