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:
  • Magnesium Need
  • Need For Dietary Improvement
  • Brain Tumor

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
deep-fried food consumption
having had a small bowel resection
reduced mental clarity
severe vision disturbances
cysts in breasts
current exposure to solvents
no significant omega-3 oil intake
grilled meat consumption
sugar-free soft drink consumption
history of birth control pill use
coffee consumption
... 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 98% Confirm
Need For Dietary Improvement 18% Unlikely
Magnesium Need 0% 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:
Brain Tumor

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

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