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I am about to start treatment for bulimia. In over a month, I am signed up to see a team of doctors, including a nutritionist, psychiatrist, and a therapist.
I am 17, 5'2" and 139 lbs, and am somewhat active (not sedentary at least). I know there are calorie calculators, but people are often recommended to eat extra if they are in recovery, and there are differing opinions on whether aiming for weight loss is reasonable during recovery.
I may have heart problems due to purging or malnutrition, and am scheduled to get an electrocardiogram soon. My doctor said I shouldn't exercise because of this.

I was wondering how many calories I should eat daily until I see the nutritionist.

Hi Ash,

I am so sorry you are going through this, but I am so glad that you are entering treatment.

We need to address the nutrient density of the foods you are eating and not just your caloric intake. You didn't say what you currently eat, so I want to make sure you are not only eating enough calories, but also eating healthily. I would like for you to go to this website and create a profile: Once you've done that, it will tell you how much you should be eating of each food group each day as well as how many calories to aim for. If you click around, you'll even find sample meal plans.

Good luck and let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.

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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.


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.

Midwestern psychological association, rocky mountain psychological association

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

PhD in Psychology from the University of Denver

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

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