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Medical Reference Related to Eating Disorders

  1. Bulimia Nervosa - Exams and Tests

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

  2. Bulimia Nervosa - Other Treatment

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

  3. 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.

  4. Bulimia Nervosa - Cause

    Learn the causes and risk factors of bulimia, including family history, social values, and personality traits like perfectionism.

  5. Bulimia Nervosa - What Increases Your Risk

    The risk of developing bulimia or another eating disorder is based on several factors.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 ...

  8. Physical Exam for Eating Disorders - Topic Overview

    During a physical exam for eating disorders, the doctor will:Check your weight and compare it with the expected weight for someone of the same height and age. In general, a body mass index (BMI) that is less than 18.5 in adults is considered underweight.1Check your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. Many people who have eating disorders have a sudden drop in blood pressure when they sit up from a lying position or stand up from a sitting position.Listen to your heart and lungs.Examine your belly for anything unusual.Check your hands and feet for swelling.Other physical signs include:2Dry skin.Irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia).Thinning or dull hair on the head and unexpected fine hair growth on the body.Low blood pressure (especially when you stand up).Because vomiting is often part of an eating disorder, the doctor may also check for:3Inflamed or diseased teeth and gums or erosion of tooth enamel.Swollen glands in the neck.Broken blood vessels in the eyes.Teeth marks on the back

  9. Anorexia Nervosa - What Happens

    Anorexia nervosa almost always begins with a plan to follow a strict weight-loss diet. Limiting foods then leads to malnutrition and unhealthy weight loss.

  10. 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.

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