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Abstract:People with eating disorders experience hunger differently from other people. They share an inability to identify hunger properly and distinguish it from other kinds of bodily needs or emotional excitement.
How is hunger felt by people with eating disorders?
The idea that an instinct or urge as basic as hunger is not automatic from birth, but must be learned in order to be managed effectively, was initially surprising. However, when a strict distinction was made between the psychological action to consciously feel this need as "hunger", and genuine hunger, the importance of this learning process was realized.