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Eating Disorder treatment

Eating Disorders are classified as psychiatric illnesses often exacerbated by nutritional deficiencies and are categorized into three types; Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, and Binge Eating (Compulsive Overeating) disorders.
a) Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by periods of fasting, extreme caloric restriction, or immoderate exercise followed by an uncontrollable session of eating, or binge, View more...
While correlation does not prove causation, the following are highly correlated to the development of Eating Disorders: poor interpersonal relationships combined with an unhealthy body image, extreme dieting resulting in sudden weight loss or gain, chemical imbalances in the brain
A healthy development of control, body image and perfection are preventers of an eating disorder. Regular moderate exercise.
Common Symptoms
Feelings of loss of control when encountering food followed by feelings of guilt, malnutrition, depression, compulsiveness to eat even when not hungry or having had sufficient nutrition, compulsive thoughts about food, chronic pre-occupation with food and weight, denial of hunger, purging (vomiting, consuming laxatives, or exercising) after consumption of food, excessive intake of low calorie food View more...
Rare Symptoms
Death, cardiac complications, osteoporosis, suicide.
Traditional Treatment
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavioral weightloss treatment, self-help cognitive behavioral therapy are the most common conventional treatments for eating disorders. The following drugs are also prescribed commonly in accordance with eating disorders: anti-depressants (Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride), Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride), Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride)), Lithium.
Alternative Treatment
Marijuana, cannbinoid enhancers, spiritual guidance, zinc, moderate exercise, dietary counseling.
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Research and Development
Current research is assessing the effectiveness of cognitve behavorial, self-help behavioral, and behavioral weightloss treatments. Drugs targeting addiction are also being examined as remedies for Eating Disorders.
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Mary Kate Olsen

Mary Kate Olsen has struggled with depression, ADD and the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.


Elton John

Elton John has had several health conditions over the years, including drug addictions, eating disorders, and recently swine flu.


Brittany Murphy

Thirty-two year old actress dies from cardiac arrest. She had type 2 diabetes and a thyroid condition, and it has been rumored that she also had a drug problem.


Lynn Redgrave

Lynn Redgrave earned an OBE for her many services to drama, but she battled with bulimia and then breast cancer, too.

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