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My problem is that I think I have an eating disorder

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My problem is that I think I have an eating disorder
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.

Dr. D.J. :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Dr. D.J. :

Hi there,


This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Dr. D.J. :

What symptoms do you have?

Dr. D.J. :

What is your current weight?

Customer:

I binge eat constantly on junk food that has sugar in it and think about food constantly. I don't eat proper meals much anymore.

Customer:

I weigh 112lbs

Dr. D.J. :

OK.

Dr. D.J. :

Diabetes can cause that.

Dr. D.J. :

Also iron deficiency is another common cause of sugar craving.

Dr. D.J. :

Thyroid disorder also should be ruled out.

Dr. D.J. :

These 3 conditions can be checked by the blood tests --fating blood sugar, TSH, ferritin and iron studies.

Dr. D.J. :

At least you do not have anorexia since you consume food no matter what type.

Dr. D.J. :

Eating healthy is important but first the underlying medical conditions should be ruled out as above.

Dr. D.J. :

If everything is normal, then you can see a nutritionist to discuss an affordable and reasonable healthy meal plans.

Dr. D.J. :

Medications are the next step.

Dr. D.J. :

Usually anti depressants like sertraline can be used as depression is often associated with bad eating habits.

Customer:

I have been to a nutritionist who gave me a meal plan but I can't seem to stop obsessing about sugar which means I can't even start the plan

Customer:

It's gotten worse since I quit smoking

Customer:

I feel like I need to put something in my mouth at all times

Dr. D.J. :

Ok --that can be associated with quitting smoking as well.

Dr. D.J. :

If this is a short term issue, then nothing concerning.

Dr. D.J. :

Still, you should get those blood tests as mentioned above.

Dr. D.J. :

Only if you gain lot of weight, then it becomes concerning.

Customer:

It was there before I quit, just now it's way worse

Dr. D.J. :

Yes understandable.

Dr. D.J. :

But at least you saw the nutritionist and have a plan to follow on.

Dr. D.J. :

Try to make small changes instead of drastic ones in your diet.

Customer:

So I should make an appointment with the doctor?

Dr. D.J. :

Yes you should --get those tests done.

Dr. D.J. :

If they are normal, then nothing to worry about.

Customer:

ok will do. thanks

Dr. D.J. :

You will make changes once you get 'fed up' with junk food and as the smoking withdrawal related cravings disappear gradually.

Dr. D.J. :

Best wishes,

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