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Eating Disorders News
May 20, 2019

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When Does Clean Eating Become an Unhealthy Obsession?

Researchers say those who have a history of an eating disorder, obsessive-compulsive traits, dieting, poor body image, and a drive for thinness are more likely to develop a pathological obsession ... read more

Psychiatric Disorders Share an Underlying Genetic Basis

Researchers explored the genetic connections between brain disorders at a scale far eclipsing previous work on the subject. The team determined that psychiatric disorders share many genetic variants, ... read more

No More Sweet Tooth? Scientists Switch Off Pleasure from Food in Brains of Mice

New research in mice has revealed that the brain's underlying desire for sweet, and its distaste for bitter, can be erased by manipulating neurons in ... read more

Eating Triggers Endorphin Release in the Brain

Researchers have revealed how eating stimulates brain's endogenous opioid system to signal pleasure and ... read more
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Go for a Run or Eat Chocolate: A Choice Dictated by the Cannabinoid Receptors

A study reveals that the cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptors play an essential role in the choice between running and eating chocolatey ... read more

Persistent Low Body Weight in Young Kids Increases Risk for Anorexia Nervosa Later, Study Finds

A new study has found that a persistent low body mass index (BMI) in children, starting as young as age 2 for boys and 4 for girls, may be a risk factor for the development of anorexia nervosa in ... read more

New Insights Into Why We Crave Fatty Foods When Dieting

Researchers have identified new brain circuits that may act as a brake on binge eating and junk food craving. In rats who had spent a month eating a low-fat diet, researchers successfully inhibited ... read more

Half of Those on Parkinson's Drugs May Develop Impulse Control Problems

Over time, half of the people taking certain drugs for Parkinson's disease may develop impulse control disorders such as compulsive gambling, shopping or eating, according to a new ... read more

More Care Needed in Warnings About Fertility in Eating Disorder Treatment

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

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

Under Stress, Brains of Bulimics Respond Differently to Food

The brains of women with bulimia nervosa react differently to images of food after stressful events than the brains of women without bulimia, magnetic resonance imaging scans ... read more

Binge Drinking Accelerates Alcohol Use Disorder, but Stable Daily Drinking May Be Just as Risky in the Long-Term

Binge drinking may increase people’s risk of developing alcohol use disorders (AUDs), especially adolescents and young adults, research shows. It is unclear whether different drinking patterns – ... read more

Further Support for Genetic Factors Underlying Addictions

Impairment of a particular gene raises increases susceptibility to opioid addiction liability as well as vulnerability to binge eating according to a new study. Dysfunction of the gene, casein ... read more

Anorexia Nervosa Has a Genetic Basis

Anorexia nervosa is associated with genetic anomalies on chromosome 12, a large-scale, international whole-genome analysis has now revealed for the first time. This finding might lead to new, ... read more

Prenatal Stress Predisposes Female Mice to Binge Eating

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

A Flip Switch for Binge-Eating?

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

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

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

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

Could Genetics Influence What We Like to Eat?

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

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

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

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

Deep Brain Stimulation for Patients With Chronic Anorexia Is Safe and Might Improve Symptoms

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

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