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What Is An Eating Disorder?

What is an eating disorder? An eating disorder can be a group of serious conditions in which a person is obsessed with food and weight. They’re thoughts are often occupied by little else. Some types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. At their most severe, eating disorders can be life-threatening. …

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What Are The Three Categories Of Eating Disorders?

About 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime, according to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). The three most common types of eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Not only can these eating disorders cause many severe medical issues, these illnesses can cause …

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What Are The Risks Of Rapid Weight Loss?

Losing weight very quickly is common for many people with various types of eating disorders, but rapid weight loss is rarely without risks or health complications. According to Dr. Donald Hensrud, editor in chief for “The Mayo Clinic Diet,” a weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week is generally considered a safe amount – especially …

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What Are The Effects Of Under-Eating?

Under-eating can occur in many forms. Some of these include restraining food intake to keep weight under control and eliminating specific food groups from a diet for fear of putting on weight. There are a number of negative effects associated with this eating disorder. Emotional Effects of Under-Eating Depression is one of the most common …

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What Are The Dangers Of Being Underweight?

We often hear of the dangers associated with obesity, but rarely with being underweight. Though thin is in vogue, being underweight can put a person at greater risk for a number of diseases and conditions. Health Risks of Being Underweight Being underweight can cause a number of health risks, including: Issues with fertility. Both women …

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Weight Loss: Dieting Without Excercise

While exercising can certainly aid in weight loss, limiting calorie intake is one of the most helpful ways to lose weight. If exercise is not possible, dieting over a longer of period of time may be an option. As always, you should consult a doctor before making a weight-loss plan. Cutting Calories One pound of …

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Understanding The Food Pyramid Guide

In June 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama, launched a new generation version of daily food guidelines called MyPlate, which was designed to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate of food at mealtime. MyPlate, which emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy …

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Understanding Orthorexia Nervosa, An Obsession With Healthy Eating

Although it may appear that a person eats well, they may be suffering from orthorexia nervosa, a commonly overlooked eating disorder in which someone fixates on “righteous eating” or eating pure foods. Defining Orthorexia A person who suffers from orthorexia often begins to eat well with good intentions, but then becomes obsessed with food quality …

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The Truth About Fad Diets

Fad diets are characteristically unsatisfying, yet many people continue to try them. The quick fixes they claim to offer can be attractive; however, these diets can quickly become dangerous and unhealthy. In order to keep weight off in the long run, fad diets are not a wise choice. Spotting a Fad Diet Fad diets are …

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The Risks Of Chronic Laxative Use

Laxative abuse is common in patients with eating disorders who seek to lose extra weight. However, chronic use of laxatives can lead to illness and even death. What is Laxative Abuse? Laxative abuse occurs when a person attempts to purge unwanted calories or otherwise lose weight by the frequent use of laxatives. A person who …

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