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when is the point a patient diagnoses with anorexia needs to be admitted to the hospital?

usually it's when they have potentially life-threatening physical complications, or their anorexia is too severe to treat with simply an outpatient program.

most of the time though, an anorexic can be treated in an outpatient with a general practitioner, nutritionist, and psychiatrist/therapist.  (+ info)


I have been struggling with anorexia for the past two years on and off. I feel as though im never going to get out of this cycle. I just hate my body. I have an intense fear of gaining weight and that no one will like me. Has anyone on here ever suffered from anorexia or bulimia? If so any advice that would help me? Any information is appreciated.

Well, I was anorexic for about eighteen months until my mom basically forced me to eat and gain weight even though the whole hating my body thing was still there....but one thing that helped me finally get out of it, for the most part, was my mom took all the scales out of the house and she got rid of all the mirrors, except for the ones over the bathroom sink so I couldn't see myself in the mirror (like my whole body), and when she would pack my lunch she's black out the nutritional information, so I wouldn't freak out about the calories, and she had my friends make sure that I ate, and if they said that I did, she'd give me a point and at the end of the month if I had a certain number of points I got to go shopping and she'd buy me a new outfit (which was almost a necessity since my weight changed so much). This seemed a little drastic to me, but in the long run I was happy and I gained enough weight to be back at a healthy-is weight (I have a BMI of 18, which is borderline anorexic). Sometimes when I feel myself slipping back into the urge to think bad stuff about my body and become anorexic again, I spend time with people who love me for who I am, like my boyfriend and my friends and relatives and they help me through. Good Luck and feel free to email me if you need support. (it's on my profile)  (+ info)

ANOREXIA ?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?

im not gonna be anorexic, that would be extremely stupid.
im doing a project on anorexia and i cant find good information on how to be anorexic, what do they eat? they dont just eat nothing, theyd die. and drink what do they drink?
like just water and gum? or whaaat... thankyoou for yur help!

Well I cant speak for everyone but back in the day when i went that route for a lil while I was hooked on eating an extremely small amount of Iceberg lettuce with water. Gum was a bit of an addiction because the sugar in it was a substitute for food... it kinda nullified the hunger pangs a bit. For me, ice aside, that was about it. Or little bits of fruit or cucumber. Pretty much anything water based.   (+ info)


well im in recovery for bulimia but my therapist thinks i might be developing type 2 anorexia and i rly dont know what that is...does it sound like it

i eat around 200-550 cals a day MAX:600
i constantly think about calories,mealplans.etc..
i weigh myself about 5 times a day
people say im skinny,i say im huge.

so far today i had 75 calories

i usually eat stuff like cauliflower,oatmeal,apple,broth,celery,c... pudding,lightnfit yogurt
thats basically what i allow myself to eat

when i eat something other then those foods,like
low cal,no fat i purge it up...when i eat
other foods then that i binge on like fatty stuff
then PURGE.


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B: oatmeal or apple
L: nothing or sugarfree pudding
D: oatmeal
s: 1 c. broth, 1 c. stringbeans

do yu think i nneed residential treatment its taking over me.

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Food is what keeps us healthy...you shouldn't be thinking fat or skinny right now, you should be thinking vitamins, minerals. I mean your heart is a muscle....it needs real food. Otherwise you are self destructive and killing yourself and yes...you need help. Take a nutrition class. I took one in college and it gave me a whole new perspective on how the body works. Gardenburgers are good for you...and all those things. I dare you to gain 10 pounds.  (+ info)

What is the difference between anorexia and Anorexia Nervosa?

okay, so. I see a lot of things on you tube, sites about anorexia, but I've been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. Is there a difference? Or is it the same thing? Kind of Need to know this..

Thanks in advance to all who answer this!

Anorexia is just a shortened version of Anorexia Nervosa. Anorexia Nervosa is a bit more of a scientific, or technical term. If someone has the eating disorder, they'll say "I have anorexia.", not,"I have Anorexia Nervosa."  (+ info)

What is Anorexia Nervosa and how it can be cure with natural methods?

Finding a natural remedy for a disease can be a very difficult thing. So I am looking for suggestions of natural remedies for this disease (Anorexia Nervosa). Thanks.

Anorexia nervosa is loss of appetite resulting from nervous anxiety. This nervous condition is self induced and more commonly found in the young women.
Some of its symptoms are loss of appetite, activeness but very much less sleep. Other symptoms include weight loss, stop of menstruation and lack of sexual desire, etc.

Some of the natural methods to treat it are as follows:
1. To start with the patient should fast on water and orange juice for 3-5 days.
2. Application of ice-bag over the stomach for half an hour before meals.
3. Use of sour grapes, etc.

For more information try the link below
http://www.naturaltreatmentsite.com/anorexia-nervosa.html  (+ info)

What is the diffrence between bulimia and binge and purge anorexia?


I am doing a research paper on eating disorders, and in my research, I have found that there are two sub types of anorexia- restricting and the binging and purging type. To me, the binging purging anorexia sounds very much like bulimia. If you could tell me the distinguishing characteristics between the binging purging type of anorexia and bulimia, that would really help with the report. THANKS!!!!

the only difference seems to be the 'uncontrollable urge' to binge associated with bulimia and the severe restriction of food in anorexia
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent binge eating, followed by compensatory behaviors. The most common form—practiced by more than 75% of people with bulimia nervosa—is self-induced vomiting, sometimes called purging; fasting, the use of laxatives, enemas, diuretics, and over exercising are also common.
Anorexia nervosa
Body weight is maintained at least 15 per cent below that expected for a person's height.
It is self-induced weight loss caused by avoiding fattening foods and may involve taking excessive exercise, using laxatives or diuretics or self-induced vomiting.
There is a strong, almost overwhelming fear of putting on weight, with sufferers preoccupied with the shape or size of their bodies.
Rules are invented regarding how much food is allowed and how much exercise is needed after eating certain amounts of food.

There is a little more on
http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/mental_health/disorders_eating.shtml  (+ info)

What is the best anorexia recovery book?

Please give me your advice! Can you tell me the name of the very best book/books to help me recover from Anorexia?

I don't have much money to spend. I am an ADULT woman with lifelong anorexia & have relapsed for 2 years now.

Most ED books are targeted at teens, & if possible - I truly need something that also covers adult anorexia. I am also open to workbooks or movies & documentaries.

Please assist! I would appreciate your help more than you will ever know! Thanks much!

Im currently suffering with anorexia myself.
I have found the list of books really helpful....

-Mind over Mood (its a workbook). It really helps analyze the depression aspect of the disorder and helps you target and understand the way you react and the way your mind functions, helping you see a more positive outlook.

-Overcoming Anorexia Workbook. Its another workbook that actually is hands on to help the symptoms of anorexia. It works with several different elements: mood, family, nutrition, health, self esteem, etc. Its really great. It doesnt talk about forcing you to eat, and the great thing about it isa that it takes the outlook of an anorexic and is actually very very realistic for us. This is a DEFINATE.

-Another book, which is more like a memoir but a motivational book is called "Life Without Ed" . It looks at the ED as a relationship, an unhealthy and abusive relationship and helps you try to "break up" with ED and achieve your own self away from this abusive partner. Its really helpful.

Thats what I would recommend so far.

You can get used copies from the amazon site, also, depending on where you live, i would be more than happy to give you some ofmy old books which have helped. But then again, I am still battling, but I have to admit that my mood is MUCH better and my self esteem is really improving.

The documentary "THIN" really helps give an insight of the inpatient treatment and actually makes you cringe at the thought of inpatient, so it motivates you to work at it so that you dont have to resort to it.
Another documentary is the INTERVENTION series, especially those on anorexia or other eating disorders. They shed light and actually document the life of those suffering from ED. It is like you are watching yourself. Its good to see your life from the ersective of others, and see that your not so weird, and that you can get better.
We just have to stick together and motivate each other.

I would love to help more, and maybe you can help me too. We can work as a team.
Im an adult aswell, and I think we can benefit each other.

I wish you all the best, and I know you can do it.
I will be adding you, if you dont mind!  (+ info)

How to anorexia people lose more weight for bulimics?

And what is anorexia exactly? What do you do to become anorexia?
I don't plan on doing this btw.

Anorexia is not eating at all or eating tooooooo little. Bulimia is binging-purging either by throwing up or by exercising too much. Both are not advisable and are harmful to one's health.  (+ info)

What are some songs about anorexia or bulimia?

I am looking for a playlist of songs about anorexia/bulimia. I know of 3 songs, but am doing a project on it and want to find some others as well.

waltz moore - first to last
silver chair - ana's song
superchick - courage
dead celebrity status - someone i once knew  (+ info)

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