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    Medical Reference Related to Eating Disorders

    1. Bulimia Nervosa - What Happens

      Bulimia can develop after a person has followed a very restrictive diet. Binging may also be triggered by a stressful event, when food gives you a sense of comfort. Feeling guilty and ashamed of binging can cause you to purge to avoid weight gain.

    2. Anorexia Nervosa - Prevention

      There is no known way to prevent anorexia nervosa. Early treatment may be the best way to prevent the disorder from progressing.

    3. Supporting Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder - Topic Overview

      When a loved one has an eating disorder such as anorexia,bulimia,or binge eating and is in treatment,you can show support by: Showing and stating your love. Avoiding the temptation to control the person. Trusting that your loved one has developed his or her own high values,ideals,and standards. Encouraging self-responsibility for his or her actions,both successes and setbacks. ...

    4. Bulimia Nervosa - Medications

      Medicines such as antidepressants may reduce the frequency of the binge-purge episodes of bulimia. They may also be used to treat other mental health problems, such as depression, that often occur along with bulimia. Learn more.

    5. Bulimia Nervosa - Other Treatment

      Learn about types of counseling that may be useful in treating eating disorders.

    6. Bulimia Nervosa - Symptoms

      Symptoms of bulimia include: Repeatedly eating large amounts of food in a short period of time (less than 2 hours). Frequently getting rid of the calories you've eaten (purging) by making yourself vomit, fasting, exercising too much, or misusing laxatives

    7. Binge Eating Disorder - Topic Overview

      Binge eating disorder is a condition in which you regularly eat large amounts of food within a couple of hours or less (a binge).

    8. Bulimia Nervosa - Topic Overview

      Is this topic for you? Bulimia is one of the most common eating disorders. If you want information on other eating disorders, see the topics Anorexia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.

    9. Bulimia Nervosa - Exams and Tests

      This tool will help you determine whether or not you have an eating disorder such as bulimia nervosa.

    10. Medical History for Eating Disorders - Topic Overview

      During a medical history evaluation for eating disorders, the doctor will ask you questions about:The amount of food you eat at one time, how often you eat food, what type of food you eat, any particular ways that food needs to be prepared or served, and other eating habits.Diets and weight loss. Your doctor may ask: What types of diets you've used and how many times you've gone on a diet over the past year.Whether you think you should be dieting.How much weight you've lost when dieting.How you feel about your shape and body size.Whether your weight affects how you feel about yourself.How often you think about food throughout the day.Whether you think you are overweight.Monthly menstrual periods. Females who have eating disorders often have irregular menstrual cycles. They often stop (or never start) having their periods.Amount of sexual interest. People with anorexia nervosa often lack interest in sexual activities.The type and amount of exercise you do.Involvement in sports, dance,

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