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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 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. 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 ...

  4. Medical History for Eating Disorders - Topic Overview

    During a medical history evaluation for eating disorders, the doctor will ask you questions about:The amount of food you eat at one time, how often you eat food, what type of food you eat, any particular ways that food needs to be prepared or served, and other eating habits.Diets and weight loss. Your doctor may ask: What types of diets you've used and how many times you've gone on a diet over the past year.Whether you think you should be dieting.How much weight you've lost when dieting.How you feel about your shape and body size.Whether your weight affects how you feel about yourself.How often you think about food throughout the day.Whether you think you are overweight.Monthly menstrual periods. Females who have eating disorders often have irregular menstrual cycles. They often stop (or never start) having their periods.Amount of sexual interest. People with anorexia nervosa often lack interest in sexual activities.The type and amount of exercise you do.Involvement in sports, dance,

  5. 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 ...

  6. Eating Disorders: Stopping Negative Thoughts - Topic Overview

    People who have an eating disorder often become preoccupied with negative thoughts about themselves. It is often hard for them to think positive thoughts. Although it is impossible to stop all negative thoughts,you can reduce these thoughts with a few simple techniques. Remember that your goal is to feel better with each passing day. Ask someone you trust to remind you of that when you are ...

  7. 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. ...

  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. Supporting Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder - Topic Overview

    When a loved one has an eating disorder such as anorexia,bulimia,or binge eating and is in treatment,you can show support by: Showing and stating your love. Avoiding the temptation to control the person. Trusting that your loved one has developed his or her own high values,ideals,and standards. Encouraging self-responsibility for his or her actions,both successes and setbacks. ...

  10. 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

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