Misdiagnosis of Underlying Causes of Eating disorders

About underlying conditions: With a diagnosis of Eating disorders, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Eating disorders. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Eating disorders. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis

Underlying conditions list: The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Eating disorders includes:

Eating disorders as a complication: Other conditions that might have Eating disorders as a complication might be potential underlying conditions. The list of conditions listing Eating disorders as a complication includes:

Underlying conditions discussion: The idealization of thinness has resulted in distorted body image and unrealistic measures of beauty and success. Cultural and media influences such as TV, magazines, and movies reinforce the belief that women should be more concerned with their appearance than with their own ideas or achievements. Body dissatisfaction, feelings of fatness, and drive for thinness has led many women to become overly concerned about their appearance. Research has shown that many normal weight and even underweight girls are dissatisfied with their body and are choosing inappropriate behaviors to control their appetite and food intake. The American Association of University Women found that adolescent girls believe physical appearance is a major part of their self-esteem and that their body image is a major part of their sense of self.1

1. excerpt from Fact Sheet Eating Disorders: NWHIC

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