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I'm obese. Is this an eating disorder?

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Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics
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In brief: Obese-disorder?

Usually, bulimics are just about average weight, maybe a little overweight.
They are depressed because they have lost the normal control mechanisms of satiety (fullness) due to binge eating thousands of calories at a time, and then try to eliminate them by purging or excessive exercise. Anorexia is very different because the patient loses the feeling of satiety but have an euphoric sense of control.

In brief: Obese-disorder?

Usually, bulimics are just about average weight, maybe a little overweight.
They are depressed because they have lost the normal control mechanisms of satiety (fullness) due to binge eating thousands of calories at a time, and then try to eliminate them by purging or excessive exercise. Anorexia is very different because the patient loses the feeling of satiety but have an euphoric sense of control.
Dr. Marci Dietrich
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Maybe or maybe not

Whether obesity is an eating disorder depends on whose definition one uses, and on what odd behaviors occur. A binge eater who eats huge amounts in an hour has an eating disorder. A chocolate addict who got obese on 3 lbs of chocolate a day has an eating disorder and an addiction problem. A person who got obese by eating a normal dessert 3 times a day for 20 years doesn't have an eating disorder.

In brief: Maybe or maybe not

Whether obesity is an eating disorder depends on whose definition one uses, and on what odd behaviors occur. A binge eater who eats huge amounts in an hour has an eating disorder. A chocolate addict who got obese on 3 lbs of chocolate a day has an eating disorder and an addiction problem. A person who got obese by eating a normal dessert 3 times a day for 20 years doesn't have an eating disorder.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine

In brief: Depends

There are many causes of obesity and it could represent an eating disorder or it could also represent genetics and underlying medical conditions as well.

In brief: Depends

There are many causes of obesity and it could represent an eating disorder or it could also represent genetics and underlying medical conditions as well.
Dr. Kevin Considine
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