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What sort of disorder is an eating disorder?
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Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics
13 doctors agree
In brief: Eating disorder
An eating disorder is characterized as "lack" of normal feelings of feeling full after a meal anorexia, typically starvation -can give a patient a felling of temporary "control" or success.
Bulimia is reaction to overeating perhaps1000's of calories a day, feeling depressed, out of control, then purging-vomiting, taking laxatives to try to get rid of calories.Both conditions are very serious -deadly.

In brief: Eating disorder
An eating disorder is characterized as "lack" of normal feelings of feeling full after a meal anorexia, typically starvation -can give a patient a felling of temporary "control" or success.
Bulimia is reaction to overeating perhaps1000's of calories a day, feeling depressed, out of control, then purging-vomiting, taking laxatives to try to get rid of calories.Both conditions are very serious -deadly.
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Dr. Marci Dietrich
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Mind + body + heart
Although of several different types, eating disorders are united by a disturbed relationship with food.
It might be restricting intake (anorexia); binging & purging (bulimia); or overeating without purging (binge eating d/o) -- but all of these come together in the person compulsively using food to deal with painful emotional issues rather than to nourish the body. All threaten life, too.

In brief: Mind + body + heart
Although of several different types, eating disorders are united by a disturbed relationship with food.
It might be restricting intake (anorexia); binging & purging (bulimia); or overeating without purging (binge eating d/o) -- but all of these come together in the person compulsively using food to deal with painful emotional issues rather than to nourish the body. All threaten life, too.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Psych and Medical
An ed can be thought of as a behavioral disorder and a cognitive disorder that has both significant emotional and physical ramifications.
It is the one psychiatric diagnosis that has the greatest potential for medical complications across body systems. Eds also fall on a spectrum and are not homogeneous from one person to another. It is not a disorder of "choice" but rather is brain based.

In brief: Psych and Medical
An ed can be thought of as a behavioral disorder and a cognitive disorder that has both significant emotional and physical ramifications.
It is the one psychiatric diagnosis that has the greatest potential for medical complications across body systems. Eds also fall on a spectrum and are not homogeneous from one person to another. It is not a disorder of "choice" but rather is brain based.
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
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Dr. Julie O'Toole
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Brain disorder
Ed's, especially but not only anorexia nervosa, are brain disorders.
Don't believe me? Dr tom insel, the head of the nimh, says so as well.

In brief: Brain disorder
Ed's, especially but not only anorexia nervosa, are brain disorders.
Don't believe me? Dr tom insel, the head of the nimh, says so as well.
Dr. Julie O'Toole
Dr. Julie O'Toole
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