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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Eating Disorders

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Recovery from an eating disorder can take anywhere from several months to years. Certain lifestyle changes can help you during and after your recovery.
These may include the following:

Maintain a Rational Approach to Dieting, Food, and Exercise

Also, make sure you get regular, but not excessive, exercise. This can help you maintain a healthy weight. 30-60 minutes of exercise 3-5 days a week is sufficient.

Take Medicines as Prescribed

Most people with eating disorders will have medicines prescribed. These medicines are not a cure, but they can be important in helping you avoid disordered eating behaviors. Many people with eating disorders also have associated psychiatric problems, including depression , anxiety , and substance abuse . Medicines may also help reduce symptoms of these disorders and, as a result, eliminate triggers that lead to disordered eating. Learning to take medicine each day is often itself a major lifestyle change.


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