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Should I go to the hospital for unhealthy eating habits?

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Last Updated: 09/24/2022 at 4:12am
Should I go to the hospital for unhealthy eating habits?
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September 4th, 2016 5:04am
If you have a Doctor or Primary Care Physician (PCP) I'd suggest seeing them first before a hospital visit. However if you think you are in danger, it could be a good idea to go to the hospital. In addition it also helps talking about your concerns to a friend(s) or even family. Now there's many different types of unhealthy eating habits so my main recommendation is to take a look at your diet and see if you're getting 3 essential things adequate, "protein, healthy fat and fiber". If you're consuming more calories you may want to cut that down as well. Lastly I would recommend exercise as well. Can't say it has correlation for you, but often times food is the most abused anxiety drug and exercise is the least utilized antidepressant.
June 17th, 2016 9:41pm
Yes. At the very least tell an authority figure who'll take action and help you. Eating disorders are a messy and nasty business that is addicting and very painful emotionally and physically.
July 17th, 2016 1:14pm
If you notice health problems such as potential getting of diabetes, then yes. If you feel sick and if your blood pressure is rising to the dangerous point, then go at the doctor and check your vital signs.
August 27th, 2016 3:13am
Yes! A hospital is a great place to get help. I don't mean go to the hospital simply because you ate a candy bar but it you are highly under-eating or over-eating then it's better to get help than do nothing.
September 7th, 2016 6:02am
There is no harm in going to a hospital, this can be a serious issue and it's better to go than to sit there and wonder!
September 14th, 2016 7:10am
It depends on what the unhealthy eating habit is. But for the most part, getting help for unhealthy eating habits is a good thing.
April 8th, 2018 7:29am
You should seek professional medical help for unhealthy eating habits, yes. Consider seeing a dietitian
December 21st, 2019 8:23am
Yes, it's really important to have check-ups or talk to your doctor if you are having unhealthy eating habits. If you feel uncomfortable talking to your doctor or family. Try to look for a trusted adult or someone that you really trust. When our body is not eating properly, we can't function the right way, either our brains. It's important to balance life and always remember to eat super healthy! I struggle with eating disorders and I know it can be really hard once in a while, but it is worth the trying! Most important when you can trust someone to talk about it or to you ask question like : how should I improve in this area? What should I eat at this time? Or what vitamins could I take in order to improve as well. Things like this can help too.
December 21st, 2019 8:39pm
Only you are the expert in this issue. I would say if you are questioning if you should or should not then I would probably suggest talking to a loved one or your doctor right away. Hey are trained to be able to inform you on what your best course of action should be. Be mindful, become aware not why you are asking yourself these questions. If you are not feeling stable or safe there are a lot of resources out there to help. 7 cups has free services and provides you with access to trained individuals who can help in times of need. Do not hesitate to reach out.
January 28th, 2020 7:00pm
My name is Happy and I am one of the listeners at 7cups. It depends. As a listener I cannot give and advice. Here are some questions I can ask you: How is your health been? Are you having any breathing issues? Any chest Pains? Bad headaches? Trouble seeing? If your answered yes to any of these questions, then you have your answer. Only you can make that choice, and no one else. I hope this helps. That is all I can do to help you. If your not happy with the answer, I have given, and you would like someone to give you advice, then I suggest you seek out a therapist who deals with this problem you have.
June 24th, 2016 1:30pm
There are different levels of unhealthy eating habits, and in my mind it would depend on what might happen if you don't go. Find someone who you can confide in to help you discuss the options and do what's best for your long term health.
June 24th, 2016 6:37pm
If you think you are in danger, it could be a good idea to go to the hospital, or at least, talk about it with a close friend a family member. Eating well is a good way to be happy and having a healthy life in general. :)
June 26th, 2016 7:37pm
Yes! They'll help you with your unhealthy eating habits. You can talk to me about that if you want. Take care!
July 10th, 2016 10:34am
It depends on the eating habits of the person if not a emergency you would benefit better to local community doctor
July 10th, 2016 2:42pm
Depends on what it is you consider "unhealthy". If it is affecting your energy, and you're losing/gaining weight drastically, I suggest seeing a specialist. You don't have to check in to a hospital unless it's life or death, nor do I suggest it. I was once in a crisis center, and it made me feel worse. I think you should seek out help outside of a hospital, unless the issue is extremely severe.
July 20th, 2016 8:54pm
It depends on how unhealthy or reoccurring the habits are. If, for example, you purge after eating and have been for a while, then it would be a good idea to get yourself checked out. However, if you've just skipped a meal or two, then you should be fine without going to the hospital.
July 21st, 2016 2:45am
You should maybe go to your parents first and see if they will be able to help, but if it gets to the absolute worst then you really should go to a hospital to regain your strength.
July 21st, 2016 5:48am
Unhealthy eating habits are because of triggers such as busy schedules, redundancy of junk food in your residential environment and even because of emotional trauma. I suggest you start by cleaning up your kitchen and replace junk with healthy options. Give yourself a time frame to stick to this schedule. If you notice visible changes because of this habit, continue on with it. Hospitals may provide you with the same advice in comprehensive detail and an added bill to pay.
July 23rd, 2016 6:04pm
Yes, even a short consultation with a doctor could help you to start eating better and feeling better both mentally and physically. Doctors will be there to support you and it's always best to seek professional help
August 7th, 2016 5:16pm
I don't think you should go to the hospital but maybe see a nutritionist that can help you manage what you are eating.
August 12th, 2016 1:27pm
If you can manage them by yourself that would be great but if you are aware you need help then do what's right and immediately see a doctor it won't harm you to see a doctor
August 21st, 2016 6:46pm
I think if you fart enough, your eating habits won't really affect you. How do I know this? Because I eat a lot of junk and I fart a lot.
September 1st, 2016 8:44am
Firstly you need to try to cut those habbits on your own. If you can not, you can speak to a friend or to an expert. still find it hard you can go to the hospital
September 2nd, 2016 6:45pm
No! Sure not! If you realized that you have this problem, then you are free to solve it!Let your body understand what's right and what's not.Your body is like a house, you want the best furniture for it.Why you put ugly furniture in your house? (body)
September 3rd, 2016 10:15pm
If you feel your eating habits are becoming unhealthy you should contact your GP and get advice from them immediately. If you are becoming unwell such as fainting/throwing up blood I would suggest going to the emergency department of he hospital.
September 10th, 2016 12:18pm
If your unhealthy eating habits are affecting your body in a dangerous way, absolutely. If not, absolutely see a counselor, therapist, or consider joining group therapy to try to get those habits under control.
September 14th, 2016 9:34am
Going to a hospital is a thing you should always take into consideration, depending on how malnourished your body is. If you don't eat or can't hold anything down even liquid based I would go immediately to get fluids and try to feel better. If your local doctor has agreed with you on your eating habits, consult or get a referral to a dietitian. These people can help you to make better choices for eating. If your doctor sees that you may need a little more help than outpatient or referral dietitians can handle, they may see about getting you placed into a hospital for nutritional support and although this can be a scary or unwanted thing it can be necessary for you to start healing your body to live healthier and fulfilled. No one wants to go into a hospital. But if its needed and warranted it means it has to happen. Doctors don't just look for business by placing unnecessary patients in the hospital. Its against the law, and it can cause legal issues for them. So feel secure in going and getting help however you need to. Eat well to be well.
September 18th, 2016 2:37am
It would be best to talk to a profession about this kind of situation. For many physical habits. it is most recommended to get help from someone who is specialized in that field.
September 18th, 2016 11:14pm
Depends what you mean by unhealthy eating habits. It's always best to get any help so that you don't get any worse, if you have noticed that it is affecting your health then I would defiantly recommend it
September 22nd, 2016 4:14pm
I think going to the hospital could help you understand more about your eating habits and how you could help yourself to fix them.