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Renourishment

Renourishment is the process of restoring nutrition to someone who has experienced severe starvation for a period of time. In North America, malnourished patients with various medical concerns such as cancer, alcoholism, and swallowing difficulties due to neurological concerns, as well as anorexia nervosa should receive carefully monitored renourishment. It is important to provide the …

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Refeeding Syndrome Symptoms

Refeeding syndrome symptoms may occur when a person receives a large intake of carbohydrates following a period of starvation. A severe shift in electrolytes takes place when an individual consumes a quantity of complex carbohydrates after a prolonged period of food deprivation. This in turn, causes fluid imbalances in the body, leading to the potentially …

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Refeeding

Refeeding syndrome was first described in Japanese prisoners of war from World War II who had been starved while imprisoned. It is a complex of biological symptoms that can occur when food is reintroduced to people who are starved or severely malnourished. People who have not eaten for 5 or more days are at an …

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Psychology Of Anorexia

The psychology of anorexia is complex and convoluted. There are many ways in which anorexia may present and many precipitating factors that may contribute to the development of this disorder. Although the psychology of anorexia cannot be clearly delineated there are various thought patterns, experiences, personality traits, and biological factors that seem to be present …

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The most common eating disorder

The most common eating disorder is probably binge eating disorder, affecting 2-3% of the U.S. adult population at some point in their lifetime. 1 The qualifier “probably” is used here because, due to the secretive and private nature of binge eating disorder and eating disorders in general, accurate statistics are difficult to obtain. Although anorexia …

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Mental Health Care for Anorexia Force Feeding

There are many proponents who feel it is important to do whatever is necessary to save the life of someone suffering from anorexia nervosa. However, mental health care experts are on the fence about force feeding an anorexic and for many different reasons. Right to Life? Even When Forced? It’s true that force feeding may …

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Lanugo Definition

The lanugo defnition comes from the Latin word for “down” such as the small hairlike projections on plants. The medical lanugo definition describes fine, downy, delicate hair commonly referred to as “peach fuzz.” Lanugo is normally found on fetuses as they develop but by a gestational age of 33 to 36 weeks it is generally …

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How To Treat the Side Effects Of Anorexia

Anorexia has both short and long-term consequences and side effects, some of which can be treated and some of which may remain permanent. Addressing these side effects is best done under the care of a physician, as there are many potential health risks that are associated with anorexia. Physical The effects of starvation and malnutrition …

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How to Survive Anorexia Nervosa

No matter how long you’ve battled anorexia, the first step in surviving is admitting there is a problem. As a secretive and seductive disease, anorexia is a condition that can rob you of not only your physical health, but also of your mental well-being and peace of mind. To survive, you’ll need to work hard …

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How to Recognize the Psychological Signs of Anorexia

While the physical signs of anorexia may be more easy to spot in certain individuals, psychological manifestations of the condition may mirror other common mental health problems. Watching for trends in thinking, actions and habits can reveal warning signs. Since early intervention strategies can potentially save a person’s life, knowing and recognizing the symptoms of …

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