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Hi,

Last year I suffered with chewing and spitting disorder as part of my anorexia, around the same time I gained a lot of weight without changing my calorie intake or exercise levels. I heard that chewing and spitting can cause insulin resistance and also that insulin resistance can cause significant weight gain.. I gained 2 and a half stone over 6 months for no real reason. The only change that happened around that time was that my period returned and the chewing and spitting. Could the insulin resistance potentially caused by my chewing and spitting be responsible?

Thanks,

Erin

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Hi Erin,

I am so sorry you are going through this. In answer to your question, yes, it is possible. What is your current caloric intake? This condition may be reversible with a healthy diet and exercise, but not as long as you are suffering with an eating disorder.

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Mary Pritchard

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I can answer questions about the psychology of eating, disordered eating attitudes and behaviors such as drive for thinness, drive for muscularity, binge eating, body dysmorphia, dieting, excessive/obsessive exercise, and body dissatisfaction. I can also answer questions about anorexia and bulimia.

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I have a PhD in Psychology and teach courses in the Psychology of Health and the Psychology of Eating. I have been conducting research on disordered eating and exercise behaviors for 15 years.

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Midwestern psychological association, rocky mountain psychological association

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Over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorders, and Eating and Weight Disorders

Education/Credentials
PhD in Psychology from the University of Denver

Awards and Honors
30 teaching awards, have received funding to conduct my research from academic institutions and state and local government

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