Past Or Current Anorexia

What Causes Anorexia?

In order to deal properly with anorexia we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow anorexia to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind anorexia consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to anorexia.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Brain Tumor
  • Need For Dietary Improvement
  • Magnesium Need

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high current exposure to solvents
reduced mental clarity
grilled meat consumption
peripheral vision loss
tea consumption
moderate chocolate craving
being very easily irritated
minor hallucinations
having had a small bowel resection
moderate omega-6 oil intake
current atypical headaches
frequent difficulty falling asleep
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of anorexia:
Cause Probability Status
Brain Tumor 96% Confirm
Need For Dietary Improvement 29% Unlikely
Magnesium Need 3% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate eating-related issues, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Anorexia. Have you ever had this eating disorder?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ In the past only, not a current problem
→ Current moderate problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no history of anorexia, history of anorexia or anorexia, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Magnesium Requirement

Early symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include fatigue, anorexia, irritability, insomnia, and muscle tremors or twitching.

Brain Tumor

Having had an eating disorder as a child increases the risk of a brain tumor later in life.

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