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Archive for the ‘Eating Disorders’ Category


Treatment of Binge Disorder

People with binge eating disorder, whether or not they want to lose weight, should get help from a health professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or clinical social worker for their eating behavior. Even those who are not overweight are usually upset by their binge eating, and treatment can help them. There are several different […]

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Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is a medical syndrome in which, according to currently accepted definitions, people: feel their eating is out of control; eat what most people would think is an unusually large amount of food; eat much more quickly than usual during binge episodes; eat until so full they are uncomfortable; eat large amounts of […]

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Treatment of Anorexia

Successful treatment of, and recovery from, anorexia is possible, but it can take many years. The earlier intervention arrests the course of the disease, the more successful the treatment is likely to be. Anorexia nervosa has the highest death-rate of all mental illnesses, with as many as 20% of anorectics eventually dying of complications of […]

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Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa, more commonly known as bulimia, is a psychological condition in which the subject engages in recurrent binge eating followed by intentionally doing one or more of the following in order to compensate for the intake of the food and prevent weight gain: vomiting inappropriate use of laxatives, enemas, diuretics or other medication excessive […]

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Psychological Impact of Anorexia

Anorexia alters an individual’s body image to the point where they may see themselves as being fat and bilious irrespective of their actual size. This distorted body image is a source of considerable anxiety, and losing weight is considered to be the solution. However, when a weight-loss goal is attained, the anorectic still feels overweight […]

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Indicators of Anorexia

Anorectic people may: be too thin and/or appear to have lost weight; be secretive about their eating and try to not eat whilst being around others; eat in a ritualistic nature (This can encompass taking abnormally small bites, cutting food up into abnormally small pieces, being sullen during mealtimes, staring at their food whilst eating, […]

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The Dangers of Anorexia

Anorexia has the highest death rate of any psychiatric illness. Starvation can cause major organs to shut down. A heart attack is one of the most common causes of death in those suffering with an eating disorder. People can die from eating disorders at any body-weight. Osteoporosis is another danger of anorexia. Low calcium intake […]

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Causes of Anorexia

The causes of anorexia are a matter of debate in medical circles and society in general. General perspectives fit between the poles of it being physiological or psychological (with the potential for sociological and cultural influences being a cause to various degrees) in origin. Many now take the opinion that it is a mix of […]

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Dieting Disorders

Body Image A person’s body image is their perception of their physical appearance. It is more than what a person thinks they will see in a mirror, but is inextricably tied to their self-esteem and acceptance by peers. A person with a poor body image will perceive their own body as being unattractive or even […]

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Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa (commonly shortened to anorexia) is an eating disorder characterised by voluntary starvation and exercise stress. Anorexia nervosa is a complex disease, involving psychological, sociological and physiological components. A person who is suffering from anorexia is known as an anorectic (although the spellings anorexic and anoretic also exist). Anorexia also refers to loss of […]

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