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  1. 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.

  2. Anorexia: Learning to Trust Others - 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. ...

  3. Eating Disorders: Feeling Better About Yourself - Topic Overview

    People who have eating disorders are often very self-critical. Learning to be easier on yourself is essential. Pace yourself if you are feeling weak. Everything you do may take more time and effort. Do not expect to do all the things you want to do right away. Choose what is most important and do those things first. Break larger tasks into smaller ones and do what you can. Remember that ...

  4. Anorexia: Other Health Problems That May Occur - Topic Overview

    It is not clear whether other mental health disorders occur before or as a result of anorexia nervosa. Treatment can be difficult when a person has anorexia along with other mental health disorders. Some of the most common mental health disorders that can be present with anorexia include: 1 Depression,which occurs in up to 50 out of 100 people who have anorexia. Irrational fears (phobias),...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Anorexia Nervosa - Exams and Tests

    By answering these five simple questions, you can see whether you may have an eating disorder.

  8. Anorexia: Help for Family Members - Topic Overview

    One person's struggle with anorexia nervosa affects the entire family. Counseling can be a big help to everyone in your family,whether it means seeing a counselor alone,as a couple,or as a family. Each family member may need reassurance or counseling at different times during the course of the illness. Seek the support you need during this time from all available resources. Use a ...

  9. Home Treatment

    Information on home treatment of binge eating disorder.

  10. Symptoms

    If you have binge eating disorder, you eat an extremely large amount of food within a 2 - hour period (a binge) at least 2 times a week on average for at least 6 months, are unable to control how much you eat during a binge, and feel very unhappy about bi

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