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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 - Cause

    The cause of anorexia nervosa is not fully understood. It is thought to develop from a mix of physical, emotional, and social triggers.

  3. Bulimia: Misuse of Ipecac Syrup - 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. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Eating Disorders: Avoiding Guilt and Self-Blame - Topic Overview

    If someone in your family has an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa,bulimia nervosa,or binge eating disorder,do not blame yourself for his or her condition. Blame only distracts you from what you can do to help the person who has the disorder. Friends and family members cannot cause a person to develop an eating disorder. Many people who have an eating disorder come from families in ...

  6. 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

  7. 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. ...

  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. 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

  10. Anorexia Nervosa - Home Treatment

    Continuing good care at home will help in the recovery from anorexia nervosa.

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