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Should I go to the hospital for unhealthy eating habits?

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Last Updated: 02/19/2022 at 7:44pm
Should I go to the hospital for unhealthy eating habits?
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March 2nd, 2018 11:20pm
Before considering hospitalization, Please talk to some one who can help you understand the why and how of your habits. Perhaps after sharing your feelings, you may have a better understanding of yourself, and will want to manage your habit in a different way.
April 18th, 2018 8:15pm
Not unless it is important, GP's can provide healthy eating support and refer you to a nutritionist and exercise programme.
May 30th, 2018 7:28pm
Yes definately if it is damaging your body you need to find a way to put unhealthy eating habits away.
June 1st, 2018 4:51am
I don't quite understand this question. If you're like me, and countless other millions of people, unhealthy eating will cause health problems that will put you in the hospital. You should go to the hospital if you are having symptoms of heart attack or stroke or respiratory distress or extreme hypertension or a lot of other serious things like that.
June 8th, 2018 9:46pm
It depends whether these habits have consequences inside or outside your body or produce pain that on a doctor can diagnose and treat properly. If you feel that you can deal with your eating disorders asking for help and support to someone who can listen and help you investigate and find the starting point of this situation, there are expert listeners on 7 Cups of tea.
June 15th, 2018 5:41pm
Medical professionals can offer specific guidance and assistance with dietary needs. Speaking with a licensed nutritionist or dietitian can be informative and reassuring. It is also helpful to involve your family physician in discussions of your health, since it is so important to ensure your body and mind are on the right path. Starting a conversation about your relationship with food and how you could make healthier choices will impact your overall health. There are SO many support sources available to you!
June 23rd, 2018 3:05am
In most of the case, we are not aware of what we eat. You can research more about mindfulness. That can help you make right choices. Along with that, some research about nutrition can go a long way in deciding your food for a day. If all these fail, you can consider seeking a professional help that will help you to eat healthily and stay fit.
June 23rd, 2018 10:57pm
If they're very unhealthy i.e extremely calorie deficit, binge eating on a daily basis then I would suggest going to a GP or doctor before going to the Hospital.
June 28th, 2018 3:45am
You should always seek help for unhealthy eating habits. It is very serious and can cause a load of problems
July 5th, 2018 11:28am
Yes, if it is very serious I'd recommend you seek professional mental help as soon as possible and also a hospital.
July 7th, 2018 7:29am
Being aware of your eating habits is a good first step. If you're worried that you're eating unhealthily, seeking medical help from a licensed professional would be ideal, or something for you to consider.
July 10th, 2018 2:38am
Unhealthy eating habits can always be looked into by a medical professional. Deciding where or not a general practitioner or a hospital is based on your symptoms. Some things such as severe dehydration, fast/slow heart rate, low temperature and severe weakness are life threatening and should be seen immediately in an emergency room. Other traits such as brittle nails, loss of muscle, poor skin turgor are something that can be done in a general doctor setting. Since none of us are doctors, it is ALWAYS best to call your general doctor or head to the emergency room when you are in doubt! Its better to over treat something rather than wait or under treat it.
July 25th, 2018 10:05am
If you think you have a medical issue than maybe, but if not no. I would not waste your time going to the hospital for something such as this. You will just waste both your time and money. I would just make an effort to make better nutritional decisions.
July 25th, 2018 4:06pm
You should visit the hospital if you feel especially unwell. If these eating habits have caused you problems both physically and mentally, it is advisable to visit the hospital.
August 11th, 2018 8:40pm
I feel like the fact that you have considered it is such a good step. I say yes please go! They can help you overcome this and refer you to people who know how to help you. It's good to start as soon as possible.
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September 6th, 2018 1:28am
It depends! Generally, when people go to hospital for unhealthy eating habits they are at a stage where they are very underweight and aren't eating/drinking enough to sustain them. If however you are at a normal weight but feel like your eating habits aren't very healthy, then there might be no immediate need to go to hospital. You may find that you can get some help either through friends, family, 7 Cups, therapists, doctors or dieticians/nutritionists. Either way I suggest your first step to be your GP! They will know you better than any of us can and can give you the best advice.
January 9th, 2019 3:03am
It is up to you. It would be a good idea to get professional help. You are harming your body. You need to ask yourself. Why you keep doing this to yourself. Is there a point when you want to stop. What caused you to have this eating disorder. Maybe by getting some help. You can resolve your body issues. Who knows maybe you will help someone else going through it. It's not going to be easy but it will be worth it Hopefully this helps.Best to you. You will be stronger once you get better hugs to you
January 24th, 2019 3:13pm
Regarding seeking advice for eating problems I cannot underline more that this will only be determined by the severity of the case. Maybe a trip to the GP first to determine if you need a nutritionalist or more professional support. A there are many books that offer advice and the best I have found is a balanced diet with lots of vegetables opposed to processed food which can be loaded with sugars and other chemicals. There are many online cookery sites and access to healthy eating. Just calorie counting isn't enough as we need certain oils and vitamins for brain,bones,muscle,skin and other organs. Also please be honest with yourself as to the source of the eating problem. A lot of students feel challenged by this when leaving home for the first time. Balancing work loads, studies, responsibilities of washing clothes, shopping for one, social life and time management. Bad habits can start also with peer pressures as the journey of self discovery starts. The freedom sometimes leads to making bad choices. It is vital to stay in touch with family where possible. Reach out for support before things spiral. Young adults can experience issues after relationship breakups. Young mothers in the overload of experiencing 24/7 lack of sleep and body image changes making them time poor once again. Reaching out for support is all important . I hope this reassures you that it is normal to struggle at times in life. Everyone's journey is different and to seek help in order to be health is a better option than looking for survival tack ticks alone. Maybe see or start a group in your area. Juicing is a great option as this holds all vitamins with carefully selected fruit,veg,pulses,spices,nuts,seeds. Minimal preparation or clearing up as a nutrabullet is a great purchase.
May 3rd, 2019 6:59am
It honestly depends on what you mean by ‘unhealthy eating habits’ ; If you’re struggling with maintaining a healthy diet in terms of eating enough fruits and vegetables or overeating junk food, consulting your doctor or a registered dietitian would be a good start to getting on track. However, if you’re restricting caloric intake or excessively exercising to a degree that you’re hurting your physical or mental health, or engaging in purging or laxative use, consult your doctor immediately and ask for a psychiatric referral. These behaviors are trademarks of eating disorders and require special and immediate care to prevent further damage to your health.
May 29th, 2019 5:52pm
I think it depends on multiple factors. Is your health in danger because of your eating habits? Have they caused you significant emotional distress, are they taking over your life? Any of these would be a good reason to go but it's up to you. I have been to the hospital for anorexia and it only helped me get physically health, it didn't help the mental part of an eating disorder. It also depends on the type of eating habits. Bringing doesn't need to be hospitalized but starving or purging might. But if you believe it will help then go for it!
June 7th, 2019 5:40am
Having bad and unhealthy eating habits can be managed at home, however if the person is facing a problem in customizing a meal plan for themselves or they just can't follow a plan, they then can just refer to professional help to make a plan that can be followed, and have regular checkups with the doctor who gave them the meal plan to review their weight and their progress, or just to know what should be changed and what should be sustained. Hospitals are not bad places, they are just like markets and stores, we go there when we need to.
July 18th, 2019 8:35am
At first, you can consider trying to change your habits on healthier way. Furthermore, if you have got any doubts and questions about whether you have got any deficiencies which need to be corrected, go to see your general practicioner or dietitian (if available and affordable). Then try to stick to more healthy diet and try not to get triggered to go back to unhealthy food. Hospital is needed only in very severe cases when nutrient deficient is so severe that it can harm your health (or health is already harmed). In this case you Will maybe need also some artificial food, such as Ensure+.
August 4th, 2019 3:48am
It depends on the severity of your habits. If you have unhealthy eating habits that aren’t significantly impacting your life, then a visit to the hospital is most likely not necessary. If your habits are starting to become more severe, there are many therapeutic outpatient options to look into such as a therapist who specializes in eating habits, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), or a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). All of these services can be helpful for treating unhealthy eating habits, disordered eating behaviors, and eating disorders. If these habits have seriously compromised your physical health or are putting your body at serious risk, going to the hospital would most likely be the best option. They can stabilize your physical health and work on setting up a plan to recover from those unhealthy eating behaviors. However, if at any point you feel that you would benefit from inpatient support, you can absolutely visit the hospital. You know yourself and your needs better than anyone else.
August 18th, 2019 3:35pm
Definitely. Bad eating habits are no joke and can be devastating for your health. Both extremes. If you under eat for a long period of time you risk yourself for all kinds of illnesses like anemia, lack of sufficient nutrients, osteoporosis as well as dying. Alike the other extreme comes with it's own issues like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes type 2, osteoporosis and dying. There are just a few tiny examples of the risks of eating disorders. If you know someone with an eating disorder, get them help before it's too late and they die early from something that could've been prevented if taken care early enough. It's never too late to try and get help.
October 4th, 2019 11:26am
I would consult your doctor to begin with. If your unhealthy habits are extreme or getting worse, then I would recommend going to the hospital. If you feel that your eating habits are causing you to look anemic or obese, then going to the hospital is the better choice. Sometimes unhealthy eating habits are just due to some people not having a big appetite. Going to the doctor would be the best choice if you feel like something is wrong, because it could be nothing or it could be something that needs to be looked at more in depth.
October 13th, 2019 5:09pm
You could go to the hospital, yes. You can also go to a therapist, school counselor, psychiatrist, anonymous group meetup possibly in your area, possibly other people or places too. But the hospital, sure that is an option, they may have some resources for you. They can also help you especially if your eating disorder has endangered you or you are in crisis. Anywhere is a good place to start seeking support, guidance and health. You have options. Importantly, good on you for wanting to seek help! You are not alone in this. You can do this! Be most well
November 14th, 2019 4:59pm
It's hard to answer that question without knowing more about those circumstances, but right now my answer would be no. No, not yet. Unhealthy eating habits are probably not serious enough to require a hospital stay. Instead, I would recommend that you see your family doctor/GP/whoever your primary care physician is. Be honest with them and describe your unhealthy eating habits in as much detail as you can, then they should be able to provide you with the right support, this could include speaking to a therapist or admitting you to a hospital. In short, speak to your primary care provider and if hospital is needed they will send you there, otherwise don't potentially waste time and money.
November 25th, 2019 8:28pm
You have clearly identified that your eating habits may be unhealthy. In that case consulting with a medical practitioner or nutritionist may be useful. A diet needs to be well balanced. It should contain healthy nutrients and a proper amount of fats, carbohydrates and protein. If you have health issues such as anorexia, obesity or any other physical concerns your medical practitioner can help you to identify the cause. She can map out a diet for you which will provide you with the nutrition you need. On the other hand if you are having chest pain/ pressure, difficulty breathing, unmanageable pain, dizziness, hives, an acute injury, severe bleeding, weakness or slurred speech go to hospital right away. If you have skin changes like rashes, nausea and vomiting which won't relent or diarrhea lasting more than a few days and you can't see your primary care provider in a reasonable time frame then a visit to the hospital may be warranted.
February 22nd, 2020 7:10am
Yes you should take your diet plan from nutritionist Choose a person to whom you are afraid of little bit or whose words matters to you, choose him so that he keep an eye on you or you have to give answer to him what you had eaten in a day or night... It makes you to solve your eating problem in a well manner. Protect yourself from the places where your favorite food is placed... Make your goals give yourself reinforcement after doing a good or bad things Be grateful to what you have Be mindful Enjoy the present moments Take deep breath Do exercise regularly, go to gym Make your habits but good Interact with others , be socialize Talk to yourself ...
February 23rd, 2020 3:18am
Unhealthy eating habits should be fixed as soon as possible as it can have a huge negative impact on you both mentally and physically. I would suggest you see your doctor or consult with a dietitian to figure out what is best suited to you regarding your unhealthy eating habits. Your doctor will refer you to the hospital if needs be and may contact someone to help regarding mental health and/or eating disorders if they think it is necessary to do so. Your doctor will point you in the right direction and can help provide support in finding dietitians, therapy or hospital treatment.