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the act of ingestion.
binge eating uncontrolled ingestion of large quantities of food in a given amount of time, often with a sense of lack of control over the activity. It is sometimes followed by purging.
eating disorder any in a group of disorders in which abnormal feeding habits are associated with psychological factors. Characteristics may include a distorted attitude toward eating, handling and hoarding food in unusual ways, loss of body weight, nutritional deficiencies, dental erosion, electrolyte imbalances, and denial of extreme thinness. More common conditions include anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Persons with eating disorders of this kind characteristically misperceive themselves as either overweight or of normal weight. Eating disorders have reached epidemic proportions throughout the world, especially among women under the age of 25. The condition is seen only in countries in which food is readily available; it is not found in parts of the world where famine and starvation threaten.
Patient Care. Treatment of eating disorders usually is on an outpatient basis unless severe malnutrition and electrolyte imbalances demand aggressive therapy, severe depression and suicidal tendencies endanger the patient, or there is evidence that the patient cannot cope with daily living without resorting to abnormal eating patterns and purging. Additionally, the family and home environment may be creating unbearable tension because of a power struggle over the patient's abnormal eating pattern.ƒ

Although there are various modes of therapy for eating disorders, the goals of care are to help the patient (1) normalize eating behaviors, (2) develop a more realistic perception of his or her body and its need for food, (3) learn more healthful and effective adaptive coping mechanisms, (4) learn more about the issues and conflicts underlying the eating disorder, (5) utilize support systems more effectively, and (6) improve his or her sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

Nursing diagnostic categories that are commonly associated with eating disorders include alteration in nutrition, alteration in bowel elimination (constipation), ineffective family coping, self-care deficit (feeding), disturbance in self-concept, sexual dysfunction, spiritual distress, and role disturbance.

A holistic approach to correction of abnormal eating patterns requires an interdisciplinary approach and the cooperative and coordinated efforts of physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, dietitians, and mental health workers.




/eat·ing/ (ēt´ing) the act of ingestion.
binge eating  uncontrolled ingestion of large quantities of food in a discrete interval, often with a sense of lack of control over the activity.


1. Suitable for being eaten, especially without cooking: good eating apples.
2. Used in the ingestion of food, as at the table: eating utensils.


combined prehension, mastication and swallowing.

Patient discussion about eating

Q. I have been struggling with an eating disorder. Can I reverse this? Hi everybody! Here is Tom of 25 yrs old male. I have been struggling with an eating disorder. Now I have low bone density into the osteoporosis level. My level is -2.6. I'm still young, is there hope for me? Can I reverse this? Are there any herbs or other supplements that may help me?

A. most people who has eating disorder wouldn't believe you if you'll say them they have a problem. anorexic girls believe they are fat even when they are all skin and bones. you passed that stage. that stage was the hard one. not that you are facing an easy journey, but the hardest part is behind you. here is a site that will be a big help for you:

Q. what should i eat and not eat

A. depends on the situation,but i would talk to a nutrition professional,

Q. Can eating carbs help you lose weight?

A. nope- they do just the opposite. carbohydrates are a compound sugar. there are diets that use only carbs, diets that use non but in the end- they are just unhealthy.

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15, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Eating Recovery Center, a leading provider of eating disorder treatment based in Denver, CO and with multiple facilities across six states, today announced that it has partnered with Houston Eating Disorders Center, and that effective today, the Houston-based center will be known as Eating Recovery Center of Houston.
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Michael Pollan argues in The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Penguin, 2006) that the most disturbing trait of industrial eating is the way it hides our relationships to the natural world, and he sets out to uncover these ties (and the moral duties they generate for conscious eaters) by tracing four meals back to the grasses from which they came.
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Stadd recommends eating full-fat organic yogurts--but eating less of them, since flavor lost when fat is removed is often made up for in added sugars.
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According to Abigail Natenshon, a psychotherapist and one of the nation's leading eating disorder experts, an estimated 80,000-320,000 gay men in the United States suffer from eating disorders, with over 50% of them under the age of 25.
If you are eating on the run, grab a couple of pieces on your way out the door.
However, one diet contained 8 percent fish oil--the amount people would receive by eating fish about twice a week.
Instead of eating reasonable portions of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and other healthy foods, lots of people eat too many cookies and chips.
Given the many choices of where and what to eat, Americans could avoid eating the same meal twice in any given year.