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Eating Disorders Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Eating Disorders

  1. 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

  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. 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 ...

  4. Bulimia: Overuse of Laxatives - Topic Overview

    Syrup of ipecac is a medicine that causes vomiting. Its purpose is to empty the stomach after poisoning or drug overdose. It works by irritating the stomach lining until a person vomits. Some people who have bulimia nervosa use ipecac regularly to make themselves vomit. If used too often,ipecac can cause: Diarrhea. Drowsiness. Coughing or choking. Low blood pressure and a rapid heartbeat. ...

  5. Bulimia Nervosa - Surgery

    There is no surgical treatment for bulimia.

  6. Bulimia Nervosa - Exams and Tests

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

  7. Topiramate for Binge Eating Disorder - Exams and Tests

    Doctors diagnose binge eating disorder by doing a physical exam and asking questions about your medical history and eating habits.

  8. 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

  9. Bulimia Nervosa - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for bulimia involves psychological counseling, nutritional counseling, and sometimes medicines such as antidepressants.

  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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