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What is anorexia?

What is anorexia?

Lack of desire 2 eat: Simply, the lack of desire to eat. Some very sick patients lack the desire to eat food tastes bad, feel full, food smells bad. These ptsmay have a terminal illness like some cancersanorexia nervosa is amedical/psych condition that is characterized by a feeling of control-euphoric- about losing wt, often by not eating, laxatives, vomiting, and or overexercising. They have distorted body image. Could die. ...Read more

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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to ...Read more


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What is anorexia and how do people become anorexic?

What is anorexia and how do people become anorexic?

Anorexia: Is decrease sensation of appetite. Symptoms depend on cause of anorexia, for example anorexia nervosa which cause binging, purging, amenorrhea, fatigue, swollen joints, hair loss, etc. Etiology unknown in most cases of eating disorders, but genetics, environmental, psychological & medical factors can attribute. ...Read more

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What is anorexia and how does someone become anorexic?

What is anorexia and how does someone become anorexic?

An Eating Disorder: Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where the individual refuses to maintain an appropriate body weight, restricts intake and has a distorted body image. It is a serious mental illness with the highest mortality rate of any other mental disorder. No one fully understands how a person becomes anorexic. The onset of the illness is insidious. Fortunately there is effective treatment. ...Read more

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What causes anorexia nervosa?

What causes anorexia nervosa?

Unknown: The exact cause of anorexia nervosa is unknown. As with many diseases, it's probably a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors. There may be genetic changes that make some people more vulnerable to developing anorexia. Some emotional characteristics may contribute to anorexia. Peer pressure may help fuel the desire to be thin, particularly among young girls. ...Read more

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I need to know what is anorexia and bulimia?

I need to know what is anorexia and bulimia?

Eating disorders: Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are both eating disorders. Anorexics severely restrict food, and bulimics may both binge on food and then vomit many times a day. This can cause many physical problems such as esophageal and stomach injury, tooth decay, dehydration, electrolyte depletion, cardiac arrhythmia, and even death. Sometimes laxatives are used also, which worsens things in both conditions. ...Read more

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What is anorexia vs bullemia? What is the difference between anorexia and bullemia?

Eating DO: Anorexia is mostly restricting food intake. Bulimia is binging/purging. They can coexist (bulimarexia). ...Read more

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What is anorexia nervosa vs bulemia?

What is anorexia nervosa vs bulemia?

Similar, Different: Both of these terms have to do with unhealthy ways of dealing with food, body weight, and body composition. Bulimia refers to people who go through cycles of overeating and then using abnormal ways of getting rid of what they've eaten (vomiting, laxative abuse). Anorexia has to do with unhealthy ways of trying to stay underweight (starvation, vomiting, laxatives) without the overeating episodes. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is anorexia nervosa exactly?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is anorexia nervosa exactly?

Anorexia Nervosa 411: Check out website of assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders (neda) 4 educat'l info re eating disorders and anorexia nervosa, specifically: (http://bit. Ly/16crmyh). Also try website of eating disorders info network (http://myedin. Org). Signs of an eating disorder include: poor body image; probs enjoying food; eating/exercise habits; trouble expressing emotions; moodiness; self-harming behavs. ...Read more

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What is anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa difference?

What is anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa difference?

Anoexia/Bulimia: Both are eating disorders and more common in females. Anorexia primarily involves restriction of food intake in order not to gain weight therefore are usually underweight even though they perceive they are fat and bulimia primarily involves frequent binge eating and they are usually normal weight. Anorexia is the more severe disorder and can be lethal. These are the main differences. ...Read more

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How to know what is anorexia, and what is this basic medicine for its treatment without sideffect?

How to know what is anorexia, and what is this basic medicine for its treatment without sideffect?

Anorexic.: Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by markedly reduced appetite or total aversion to food. They have body image or self esteem conflicts medicines used to treat it depend on the symptoms & the extent of the illness. ...Read more

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What defines anorexia, what makes it different from depression, PTSD or just loneliness please?

What defines anorexia, what makes it different from depression, PTSD or just loneliness please?

See a doctor: Has an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even when underweight
Refuses to keep weight at what is considered normal for her age and height (15% or more below the normal) Have a body image that is very distorted, be very focused on body weight or shape, and refuse to admit the danger of weight loss. May severely limit food. It differs as it is mainly about body image. See a doctor ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is anorexia binge-eating type?

Subtype of anorexia: Anorexia refers to a condition where weight is markedly below ideal but the individual still believes he/she is "fat." one can get there in a number of ways, e.g., restricting calories or exercising incessantly. Some actually binge (take in a huge number of calories) but then purge themselves by induced vomiting or laxitive abuse. That's anorexia binge-eating type. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a diagnosis of anorexia could be wrong and just severe depression and anxiety is the underlying cause what determines anorexia?

Is it possible that a diagnosis of anorexia could be wrong and just severe depression and anxiety is the underlying cause what determines anorexia?

Could be both: Anorexia is a diagnosis that caused by some other underlying diseases.
while treating anorexia, you need to treat the main cause, like depression and anxiety.

so the diagnosis is not wrong.

ignoring and not treating the main cause is wrong. ...Read more

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What is " sexual anorexia"?

What is " sexual anorexia"?

Sexual anorexia: Is loss of appetite for romantic sexual interaction. It is the fear of intimacy to the point that one has severe anxiety surrounding sex with emotional content (in intimate relationship). These people have sex addiction which is expressed in variety of ways such as compulsive use of strip clubs, prostitutes, cyber porn sites. They do not have aversion to sex but to intimacy. ...Read more

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What is worse anorexia or obesity?

Obesity = bad: Neither is good but globally obesity is a bigger problem. Diseases related to obesity (diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea) are responsible for more worldwide deaths than anorexia. The best weight for an individual is a normal weight and an active lifestyle. ...Read more

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What is called anorexia nervosa and how can it be treated?

What is called anorexia nervosa and how can it be treated?

An Eating Disorder: Anorexia means loss of appetite. Anorexia nervosa is a serious psychiatric disorder. It is a type of eating disorder. It is serious because a person can die from it. In fact, untreated, the mortality rate for eating disorders in general is about 25%. That means than one in four people with an eating disorder will die from complications from the condition. The treatment involves seeing a specialist. ...Read more

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What effects would anorexia or bulimia nervosa have on the long-term health of a woman?

What effects would anorexia or bulimia nervosa have on the long-term health of a woman?

Malnutrition: Both of these disorders are known to cause malnutrition, which can be life threatenting. There are other health consequences as well, but they depend on individual circumstances. ...Read more

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Female 22years old Not physically active Eats 1500kJ per day BMI 18.1 Is this BMI too low? What is considered anorexia BMI?

Female 22years old Not physically active Eats 1500kJ per day BMI 18.1 Is this BMI too low? What is considered anorexia BMI?

No: As long you are in good health, performing your daily activities, not obsessed with your weight, it is okay. You will gain weight, as you age, do not get too worked up if your BMI goes up to 20 or so.
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. 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. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What are signs of anorexia?

What are signs of anorexia?

Orexin: We neuroscientist are understanding eating disorders which are making us humble new molecule orexin is being studied along with serotonin and histamine in the struggles pts with eating disorders has so we doctors still are learning but anorexia is the internal image of self pt has about them self which is created by various factors including enmeshed relationship disturbed neurotranmitters. ...Read more

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What are consequences of anorexia on man's body (development). I had anorexia when I was about 11 years.

What are consequences of anorexia on man's body (development). I had anorexia when I was about 11 years.

Maybe if severe...: ...Might see reduced final height, delay of puberty and some bone density issues, but w/return to "normal" diet, should improve health & not have much in way of long-term issues other than shorter than might have been. ...Read more

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What is bulimia vs anorexia?

What is bulimia vs anorexia?

Often mixed up: People often mistakenly believe that if you purge (vomit) you have bulimia, but you could have the purging form of anorexia. In general, people with bulimia are of average or higher than average weight. For more details see my lengthy blog and answers on this exact subject at www. Kartiniclinic. Com and click on "kartini blog, " see "most popular blogs". The subject can be complex. ...Read more

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What physical effects of anorexia and bulimia are there?

Serious/ complicated: Anorexia: loss of menstruation, hair loss, osteoporosis, slowing of the thyroid gland, slow heart rate, are all symtoms of the body trying to protect itself from starvation.
Bulemia: if it involves binging and purging; can erode the teeth, can cause loss of electrolytes tha are essential for the heart. Purging can cause a tear in the esophagus which could be life threatenning. Get help! ...Read more

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At what adult age does anorexia nervosa no longer occur?

No limit: Anorexia mostly begins early in life (teens and twenties), but can begin at any age and is usually a relapse of a previous episode. Most anorexics I've seen struggle with weight issues on/ off. It is a serious disorder and should be evaluated and treated by a professional. ...Read more

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What's the connection between anorexia and anxiety attacks?

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What's the connection between anorexia and anxiety attacks?

Fear: Fear combines both. Fear of getting fat invokes anxiety which intensifies the fear. ...Read more

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What are differences between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa?

The specific symptom: Anorexia and bulimia are both serious eating disorders which involve distorted body image and extreme weight loss, . Typically, people with anorexia eat minimal amounts of food exercise excessively to lose, weight. People with bulimia may binge eat rather than restrict food intake and then purge through vomiting and/or laxative abuse. Both can lead to health problems and death. ...Read more

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How many calories does a 5'7, 120 pound female teenager need? What about recovering from anorexia?

How many calories does a 5'7, 120 pound female teenager need? What about recovering from anorexia?

How many calories: This will depend on your activity. There are many online calculators you can use or get this book.

DASH Diet for Hypertension ISBN 9780743410076

It will tell you. ...Read more