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Pinot or Pasta? The Drunkorexia Eating Disorder

From the Show: HER
Summary: Pasta or Pinot Grigio; would you rather save your calories for booze?
Air Date: 9/25/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Alyssa Dweck, MD, MS
alyssa dweckALYSSA DWECK, MS, MD, FACOG, is a full-time practicing OB/GYN at the Mount Kisco Medical Group in Westchester County, New York. She provides care to women of all ages and has delivered thousands of babies. A graduate of Barnard College, she has a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University and her Medical Degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, now named Drexel University. Dr. Dweck trained at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, where she was Chief Resident in 1994.

Dr. Dweck practices in Mount Kisco, NY, and Carmel, NY, and admits to Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY.
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Pinot or Pasta? The Drunkorexia Eating Disorder
Pasta or Pinot Grigio; would you rather save your calories for booze or food? 

Despite knowing the severe health issues related to eating disorders, studies have shown that 30% of women between ages 18 and 23 diet so they can drink. A recently released documentary called Lipstick and Liquor shows how women are not taking binge drinking and alcoholism seriously. 

"Drunkorexia" refers to someone who restricts food calories to make room for alcoholic drink calories. Others that fall in this category may purge their food and alcoholic drinks to avoid the calories. Drunkorexic behaviors most often stem from the fear of weight gain from alcohol and are more prevalent in college-aged women; although men also suffer. (Health)

This is a dangerous routine, often exercised by college-aged women, who are worried about gaining the dreaded "freshman 15." This reckless type of drinking can wreak havoc on your body and brain. 

Dr. Alyssa Dweck joins HER Radio to discuss this increasingly common eating disorder and the damage it might be doing.
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