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How can I be underweight but not have an eating disorder?

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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Good observation...

Looks like u're trying to lose weight & u're noticing that ur ways are suggestive of an eating disorder. The focus now should be on the eating disorder & it's underlying belief system, body image, related issues.
.. U'll then be freer to lose weight (or not) from a space of wellness & wholeness, not a space of confusion & lack. Ur goal will also likely become to lose weight, not be underweight!

In brief: Good observation...

Looks like u're trying to lose weight & u're noticing that ur ways are suggestive of an eating disorder. The focus now should be on the eating disorder & it's underlying belief system, body image, related issues.
.. U'll then be freer to lose weight (or not) from a space of wellness & wholeness, not a space of confusion & lack. Ur goal will also likely become to lose weight, not be underweight!
Dr. Missid Ghanem
Dr. Missid Ghanem
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Dr. Chad Morse
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: See your doctor!

1) burning too many calories.
2) not eating enough calories. 3) not absorbing the calories you eat: examples of disease processes include: small bowel malabsorption, pancreatic insufficiency, inadequate calorie intake, poverty, malignancy and chronic inflammatory conditions (cancer, crohn's disease, celiac sprue), parasites (tapeworms).

In brief: See your doctor!

1) burning too many calories.
2) not eating enough calories. 3) not absorbing the calories you eat: examples of disease processes include: small bowel malabsorption, pancreatic insufficiency, inadequate calorie intake, poverty, malignancy and chronic inflammatory conditions (cancer, crohn's disease, celiac sprue), parasites (tapeworms).
Dr. Chad Morse
Dr. Chad Morse
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