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Eating Disorders Basic Overview

What are Eating Disorders?

1. People with anorexia nervosa are ________ more likely to die early compared with people of similar age in the general population.

A. 12 times

B. 14 times

C. 16 times

D. 18 times


What are the Different Types of Eating Disorders?-Bulimia Nervosa

2. Unlike anorexia nervosa, people with bulimia nervosa usually maintain what is considered a healthy or normal weight, or are slightly overweight, but like people with anorexia nervosa, they often fear gaining weight, want desperately to lose weight, and are intensely unhappy with their body size and shape.

A. True

B. False


Treating Anorexia Nervosa

3. Which of the following is NOT one of the three components of treating anorexia nervosa?

A. Restoring the person to a healthy weight

B. Treating the psychological issues related to the eating disorder

C. Determining the most effective medication regimen for the patient

D. Reducing or eliminating behaviors or thoughts that lead to insufficient eating and preventing relapse


Treating Bulimia Nervosa

4. To reduce or eliminate binge-eating and purging behaviors, a patient may undergo nutritional counseling and psychotherapy, with interpersonal therapy being the most frequently recommended intervention.

A. True

B. False


5. The only medica­tion approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating bulimia nervosa is:

A. Citalopram (Celexa)

B. Fluox­etine (Prozac)

C. Paroextine (Paxil)

D. Sertraline (Zoloft)


What is Being Done to Better Understand and Treat Eating Disorders?

6. Researchers are studying questions about behavior, genetics, and brain function to better understand risk factors, identify biological markers, and develop specific psychotherapies and medications that can target areas in the brain that control eating behavior and assist in the treatment of eating disorders.

A. True

B. False


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