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Eating Disorders and PCOS Connection

Eating Disorders and PCOS Connection

It is not common to hear women with PCOS(Polycystic ovary syndrome) complain of intense and frequently required food carvings daily. Will not satisfied until they have indulged their sweet tooth. Sometimes these carvings can turn into an episode of eating disorder or loss of control with food only to feel upset with themselves right after.

Here in the article, we will see what women with PCOS should know about an eating disorder.

What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating Disorder is something more than overeating which is a distinct medical condition identified by the American Psychiatric Association that is placed in the newest edition of the diagnostic and statistical manual of disorders, eating disorder is a most common eating disorder affecting an estimated 2.8 million US adults.

Symptoms of Eating Disorder

  • Frequently having more food than most adults would in similar timing and in similar circumstances. 
  • eating disorder disorders may include three of the following:
    • Eating much fast
    • Eating away feeling full
    • Eating much when not hungry
    • Eating secretly to hide the quantity being eaten
    • Feeling fearful after an eating
    • Feeling very upset by overeating
  • Overeating at least twice a week for three months
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Negative body image
  • Eating disorders

A private gynaecologist most commonly diagnoses PCOS. The consultant gynaeologist will usually assess menstrual patterns and acne.  Some type of tests is conducted to measure the hormone levels, glucose tolerance, fasting insulin levels and related markers.

Eating disorders and PCOS connection

The development of eating behaviour in women with PCOS is not that much surprise. There are many symptoms with PCOS face such as acne, thinning hair, extreme hair growth and weight gain can have a direct impact on their body image and self-esteem and may cause to the development of disorders that include eating disorder. 

Many women with PCOS are disappointed with their diagnosis that is associated with higher weights and predisposition to weight gain. So women with PCOS are often recommended to diet. The symptoms of depression and negative body image connected with several aspects of PCOS like unnecessary facial hair or overweight can add to the urge to diet. 

PCOS is considered to affect up to 18 % of reproductive-aged women. The prevalence of eating complications appears to be higher than among the general population. Women with PCOS described a high incidence of overall eating disorders vs the prevalence among women without PCOS  

Getting treatment for PCOS and eating disorder

Treating PCOS is often treated in an uncoordinated manner with different specialist treating each aspect of the disease. Gynaecologists are generally involved in the treatment of PCOS. People with PCOS may also have an internist for common non-PCOS related medical care.  

In case of a combined diagnosis of PCOS and an eating disorder, there is a better recommendation to concern the private gynaecologist along with dietitian and therapist experienced in treating both eating disorders and PCOS.

If you are facing PCOS and are experiencing symptoms of eating disorders, it’s essential to let your private gynaecologist know and to seek help for your eating problems and PCOS disorders can be fully resolved and managed adequately.

Mrs Sarah Hussain the leading private gynaeologist have the ability to treat PCOS and eating disorder condition of a woman. Book an appointment now.