Abnormal hunger or excessive eating, also called polyphagia or hyperphagia, can be the symptom of various disorders. Simple causes relate to low food intake, over-exercising, or practical difficulties with food. Psychological eating may occur in various eating disorders.
Organic disease can also cause hunger and excessive eating behavior, especially two common diseases: diabetes and hyperthyroidism. Hunger is a classic sign of undiagnosed diabetes, where a person is usually eating voraciously while still losing weight! Another possibility is hyperthyroidism (excessive thyroid hormone) which causes the body’s metabolism to speed up, resulting in weight loss and increased demand for food.
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- Eating Disorders: Eating disorders are mental health disorders related to food and eating. Well-known examples include Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
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- Common Diseases: There are many different common diseases. Everyone knows about the common infectious respiratory diseases such as: common cold, flu, croup
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- Diabetes: Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the body loses the ability to properly process sugars (glucose). The full medical name
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- Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyroidism is production of too much thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland in the neck. It is also called over-active thyroid disease
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- Normal Behavior: Normal behavior simply means that a behavior may not be a medical symptom. There is a wide range of differences
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