Research Papers On Eating Disorder

More Care Needed in Warnings About Fertility in Eating Disorder Treatment

Feb. 21, 2018 — Women in treatment for eating disorders need more nuanced information about reproductive health, and more thought needs to be given to how and why fertility information is delivered, according to new ... read more

Eating Disorder Treatments Need to Consider Social, Cultural Implications of the Illness

Nov. 13, 2017 — People in treatment for eating disorders are poorly served when it comes to addressing the cultural aspects of eating problems, according to new research. This emerges as part of an overall set of ... read more

Prenatal Stress Predisposes Female Mice to Binge Eating

May 30, 2017 — Stress changes our eating habits, but the mechanism may not be purely psychological, research in mice suggests. A study has found that stressed mouse mothers were more likely to give birth to pups ... read more

May 25, 2017 — Researchers have identified a subgroup of neurons in the mouse brain that, upon activation, immediately prompt binge-like ... read more

Study Shows Differences in Brain Activity Between Men, Women Who Are Obese

May 19, 2017 — A new study of obese people suggests that changes in their brains’ reward regions make them more prone to overeating, and that women and men exhibit different brain activity related to ... read more

For Anorexia Nervosa, Researchers Implicate Genetic Locus on Chromosome 12

May 12, 2017 — A landmark study has identified the first genetic locus for anorexia nervosa and has revealed that there may also be metabolic underpinnings to this potentially deadly ... read more

Parents' Use of Emotional Feeding Increases Emotional Eating in School-Age Children

Apr. 25, 2017 — Emotional eating is not uncommon in children and adolescents, but why youth eat emotionally has been unclear. Now a new longitudinal study from Norway has found that school-age children whose parents ... read more

Apr. 24, 2017 — Gene variants could affect food preferences in healthy people, according to a new study. The findings could lead to new strategies that make it easier for people to stick to an optimal ... read more

Religiosity Does Not Increase the Risk of Anorexia Nervosa

Apr. 11, 2017 — Religiosity has been associated with various forms of fasting and self-starvation for thousands of years. Many believe that extreme religiosity can be a risk factor of anorexia nervosa. However, a ... read more

Model of Anorexia Nervosa Created Using Stem Cells

Mar. 14, 2017 — An international research team has created the first cellular model of anorexia nervosa (AN), reprogramming induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from adolescent females with the eating ... read more

Even After Treatment, Brains of Anorexia Nervosa Patients Not Fully Recovered

Mar. 1, 2017 — Even after weeks of treatment and considerable weight gain, the brains of adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa remain altered, putting them at risk for possible relapse, according to ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — A small study in 16 people suggests that deep brain stimulation is safe and might help improve mood, anxiety and well-being, while increasing ... read more

Treatment Strategy for Anorexia

Feb. 20, 2017 — New research conducted in adolescent rodents provides insights on the mechanisms behind anorexia nervosa and points to a potential treatment ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — Women with anorexia display clear autistic traits, even once the eating disorder is under control and they have achieved a normal weight, according to research. The similarities between anorexia and ... read more

Stimulating the Brain With Electricity May Reduce Bulimia Symptoms

Jan. 25, 2017 — Key symptoms of bulimia nervosa, including the urge to binge eat and restrict food intake, are reduced by delivering electricity to parts of the brain using non-invasive brain stimulation, according ... read more

Research Reveals Help for Eating Disorder Patients

Jan. 6, 2017 — More people are dying from eating disorders than any other psychiatric disorder, and professor has discovered a way to help women by significantly reducing eating disorder symptoms in those who are ... read more

Identifying Children at Risk of Eating Disorders Is Key to Saving Lives

Jan. 5, 2017 — Spotting eating disorder symptoms in children as young as nine years old will allow medics to intervene early and save lives, experts ... read more

Given Time, Most Women With Anorexia or Bulimia Will Recover

Dec. 20, 2016 — Contrary to what is often believed, around two-thirds of women with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa will eventually recover from their eating disorders, new research ... read more

Social Eating Leads to Overeating, Especially Among Men

Dec. 6, 2016 — Gorging at a holiday meal or friend's BBQ might have more to do with your ego than the quality of the food -- especially if you're a ... read more

Correlates of Overweight, Obesity Among Adolescents With Bipolar Disorder in the National Comorbidity Survey

Dec. 1, 2016 — Obesity among adolescents with bipolar disorder is linked to increased illness severity, outlines a new report. The researchers also found that although overweight is not more common among ... read more

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We live in an image conscious culture, which urges all of us (especially women) to improve our appearance. The messages sent by magazines, t.v., and other media include "buy certain clothes and products; straighten and whiten your teeth; get rid of your wrinkles; and most commonly, LOSE WEIGHT and you will be happy, admired, and loved." The recent and recurrent debate concerning the unhealthy, stick thin models used in the fashion industry is a perfect example of how strongly entrenched our notion of "thinness equals happiness" has become.

Although many of us would benefit from eating a bit less and exercising more in order improve our health and fitness, simply watching what you eat is NOT an eating disorder. Eating Disorders are potentially life-threatening illnesses which are simultaneously psychological and physical in nature. They are characterized by a range of abnormal and harmful eating behaviors which are accompanied and motivated by unhealthy beliefs, perceptions and expectations concerning eating, weight, and body shape. As a general characterization, individuals with eating disorders tend to have difficulty accepting and feeling good about themselves. They tend to think of themselves as "fat" and "ugly" because of their body size and shape, even when this self-judgment is objectively inaccurate and false. Identifying and defining themselves according to their perceived "fatness", eating disordered people tend to conclude that they are unacceptable and undesirable, and as a result, feel quite insecure and inadequate, especially about their bodies. For them, controlling their eating behaviors is the logical pathway in their quest for thinness.

The current article is designed to provide you with more information about the nature of eating disorders, their causes, potential treatments, and strategies for prevention. This information can be helpful in determining whether you or someone you love has an eating disorder. Before we begin, though, we want to stress two important points:

First, if you (or someone you love) have an eating disorder, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Between 5 and 10 million Americans have anorexia or bulimia and another 25 million suffer with binge eating disorder. Hopefully, knowing that other people have experienced what you are going through, and have gotten better with treatment, will provide you with some sense of hope.

Second, don't rely on your "willpower" to get over this condition. As mentioned previously, an eating disorder is a serious, potentially life-threatening disease. Between 6% and 20% of eating disordered individuals will literally die as a result of their disease. Seek PROFESSIONAL help for yourself or someone you love as soon as possible if you suspect there is a problem.

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