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Eating Disorders Health Center

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  1. Bulimia Nervosa - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with bulimia and now is not able to pass urine, notices that his or her heart skips beats or beats slower than normal, has severe abdominal pain, or is vomiting

  2. Topiramate for Binge Eating Disorder - Topic Overview

    Topiramate (Topamax) is a medicine that is usually used to control seizures. But recent studies found that it may be effective in controlling binging and reducing weight in people who have binge eating disorder and obesity. 1 This medicine lowers some people's appetites. It is not clear how topiramate helps with weight loss,but experts believe that it affects brain chemicals called ...

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

    Eating disorders occur most often in industrialized cultures where there is an emphasis on thinness,especially if thinness is linked to success. Magazines,television,and other media have created an unrealistic image of the perfect,successful person. The pressure to be thin can lead to intense dieting,even in very young children,which can turn into an eating disorder in people who are more ...

  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 - 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

  6. Anorexia Nervosa - Symptoms

    Common feelings and actions that are linked to anorexia nervosa include; having an intense fear of gaining weight, restricting food or types of food, such as food that contains any kind of fat or sugar, and weighing less than 85% of your expected body wei

  7. Topiramate for Binge Eating Disorder - Home Treatment

    Information on home treatment of binge eating disorder.

  8. Anorexia Complications - Topic Overview

    People who have anorexia often have difficulty at mealtimes. If mealtime is a stressful time for you,try something different. During meals: Try to eat slowly and gradually. Do not allow yourself to get overwhelmed by the idea of eating a meal. Talk with other people about things that interest you. Avoid talking about the food you are eating or thinking about your weight gain worries. ...

  9. 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.

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

    Some personality traits put a person at greater risk of developing an eating disorder such as anorexia,bulimia,or binge eating. These traits include: 1 Low self-esteem. Difficulty communicating negative emotions,such as anger,sadness,or fear. Difficulty dealing with conflict. A need to please others. Perfectionism or always striving to be the best at whatever he or she does. A need ...

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