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Eating Disorder

An eating disorder is the consistently unhealthy relation to ingesting food, either eating too much, followed by purging (via vomiting, excessive exercise, laxatives, dieting, etc.) or anorexia (or self-starvation), where the sufferer has a motivating irrational impression that they weigh more than others can see. Similar to drug addiction, the first step in Eating Disorder treatment is controlling the immediate environment - getting compliance behavior around a healthy weight, containment from purging behaviors, CBT and group therapy to help reduce discomfort and gain support, and nutritional counseling. Long-term maintenance for more severe sufferers is available with 12 Step models and other group support.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disorders/index.shtml

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