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    1. Anorexia: Learning New Eating Behaviors - Topic Overview

      Sometimes people who have anorexia find it difficult to trust the family,friends,health professionals,and other caring people who are trying to help them. There are many reasons for this,ranging from anxiety about losing control and gaining weight to confused thinking because of malnutrition. And,it can be hard to trust a whole new way of eating,exercising,and taking care of yourself. ...

    2. Anorexia Nervosa - What Increases Your Risk

      The risk of developing anorexia nervosa increases if you have a family history of an eating disorder, obesity, or a mood disorder (such as anxiety or depression), have certain personality traits and emotional conditions, such as perfectionism, perseveranc

    3. Anorexia: Learning New Eating Behaviors - Topic Overview

      Almost half of people who have anorexia nervosa will eventually develop symptoms (binge-purge behaviors) of another eating disorder called bulimia nervosa. 1 Long-term or severe anorexia also can cause serious medical complications,such as: 2 Osteoporosis,which results from a lack of calcium in the diet as well as too much cortisol and too little estrogen in the body. The teenage years are ...

    4. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders

      Cognitive - behavioral therapy is an active type of counseling. Sessions usually are held once a week for as long as you need to master new skills. Individual sessions last 1 hour, and group sessions may be longer. During cognitive - behavioral therapy for anorexia, you learn:About your illness, its symptoms, and how to predict when symptoms will most likely recur.To keep a diary of eating episode

    5. Binge Eating Disorder - Home Treatment

      Information on home treatment of binge eating disorder.

    6. 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.

    7. Anorexia Nervosa - Topic Overview

      Anorexia is one of the most common eating disorders.

    8. Bulimia: Overuse of Laxatives - Topic Overview

      People who have bulimia nervosa often overuse laxatives to get rid of food eaten during a binge eating episode. Laxatives speed up the passage of stool through the body by irritating the lining of the intestines. Laxatives do not reduce the number of calories the body absorbs from food. However,laxatives may cause a person to lose weight because they increase the amount of water eliminated ...

    9. Eating Disorders: Malnutrition Tests - Topic Overview

      As a part of the physical exam for eating disorders,a health professional may order certain tests to see whether your body is generally healthy. These may include blood or urine tests to check: Electrolyte levels. Electrolytes are minerals,such as potassium,calcium,and sodium. A severe imbalance of electrolytes can lead to seizures,an irregular heartbeat,muscle weakness,and other ...

    10. Anorexia Nervosa - Treatment Overview

      All people with anorexia nervosa need treatment. In most cases, this involves seeing a health professional, as well as having regular counseling sessions.

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