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Cause Eating Disorder: Incapability to Recognize the Hunger Sensation

Abstract: Hunger is an inborn instinct, but to feel hunger and separate it from other feelings must be learned. People with an eating disorder may by slimming or starvation develop an incapability to recognize hunger.

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Cause Eating Disorder: Incapability to Recognize the Hunger Sensation

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Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 28 Nov 2015.

Are children born with the capability to recognize hunger? Is the cause of eating disorder that you have not learnt to recognize the hunger sensation?

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Hunger is an inborn instinct, but to feel hunger and separate it from other feelings is not inborn and must be learned. The belief that hunger is exclusively an inborn instinct has made it difficult to understand how eating disorders arise. The ability to feel hunger and satisfaction can be harmed by slimming or starvation.

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