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Recently the eating disorder disease anorexia, saying that they often encounter, “the biggest danger of anorexia is death. Increasingly, there are effects on the body with weight loss, malnutrition. Turkey Medicals member Department of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty Member Prof. Dr. spoke about eating disorder diseases.

Stating that they have often encountered anorexia in the recent period, stressing that there is a wide area of eating disorders, Prof. Dr. used the following expressions:

We see it especially in children and young people. This can be accompanied by depression, anxiety disorders and obsessions. There are various eating disorders such as ’bulimia‘ and ’binge eating’. But the most serious and necessary to monitor is anorexia nervosa.

It is usually seen in girls. Serious weight loss is observed. The age of sighting was lowered to 10 years old.

Children with anorexia refuse to eat, there are disorders in their perception of the body. A state of feeling fat, dissatisfied with the structure of the body occurs.

Starting to make a diet. This regime is not done consciously and healthily. Restrictive eating, that is, trying to lose weight in the form of serious physical exertion, such as eating less than 1000 calories a day, eating less


Alerting families to the symptoms, Prof. Dr. “Excessive attention to body appearance, thinking that you are fat and wanting to lose weight, gradually weight loss. It is necessary to pay attention to symptoms such as moving away from food, skipping meals and reducing the amount, although there is actually food in the mind,” he said.

Referring to the reason why children are prone to excessive weakness, Prof. Dr. used the following statements:

This is a psychiatric illness. They also have genetic roots. There are also environmental reasons. It’s more common in girls. There are risk factors such as being a perfectionist, having obsessive traits, having an obesity in the past.

For this reason, we also consider obesity as a risk factor for anorexia. Obesity is also not something we want.

We have often seen obese young people as a result of being inactive in the pandemic. The greatest danger of anorexia is death.

Increasingly, along with weight loss, there are effects on the body with malnutrition. Disorders of the heart rhythm, constipation.

Low blood pressure, which we call hypotension, sudden cardiac arrests due to a heart rhythm disorder, which we call arrhythmia. These can be deadly.


Stressing that families should follow their children, Prof. Dr. continued as follows:

We can basically take anorexia like this. We can call it a disease of reflecting our inner troubles on the body.

Therefore, the more words a child has a problem with, sharing feelings, being aware of feelings, the less; the more it does not reflect on the body. It should be noted that sometimes it can be accompanied by depression. Obsession can be accompanied by illness.

There is usually less than one diagnosis in childhood. Co-diagnoses are frequent. For example, with anorexia, depression, an obsession with anorexia may appear.

Parents should be familiar with psychiatric symptoms. They should be considered and monitored to see if there is anything psychiatric underneath the weight loss.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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