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Eating Disorders Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Eating Disorders

  1. Bulimia Nervosa - What Increases Your Risk

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

  2. Supporting Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder - 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,

  3. 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

  4. Topiramate for Binge Eating Disorder - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for binge eating disorder includes counseling and sometimes medicine.

  5. Topiramate for Binge Eating Disorder - 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

  6. Anorexia Complications - 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),...

  7. Anorexia Nervosa - Medications

    There is no medication for treating active anorexia nervosa. However, once you have regained some weight, your doctor may suggest that you take an antidepressant medicine.

  8. 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.

  9. Anorexia Complications - 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 ...

  10. Supporting Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder - Topic Overview

    Eating disorders occur most often in industrialized cultures where there is an emphasis on thinness,especially if thinness is linked to success. Magazines,television,and other media have created an unrealistic image of the perfect,successful person. The pressure to be thin can lead to intense dieting,even in very young children,which can turn into an eating disorder in people who are more ...

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