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Anorexia Can Hit Boys and Men, Too

Anorexia isn't solely a disease that strikes women and girls, Canadian experts say, so they want to raise awareness that the illness can also be serious for boys and men.

"Early identification and prompt treatment are essential," wrote a team led by Dr. Basil Kadoura. He's a specialist in adolescent health at British Columbia Children's Hospita...

Could 'Early Birds' Be at Higher Risk for Anorexia?

People who are early risers appear to be at greater risk of developing anorexia, a new study claims.

This differs from other disorders like depression, binge eating and schizophrenia, all of which appear to be associated with folks being “night owls,” the researchers noted.

“Our findings implicate anorexia nervosa as a morning disorder in contrast to most other evening-based p...

Teens With Epilepsy Face Higher Odds for Eating Disorders

Teenagers with epilepsy are more likely to have an eating disorder than those not suffering from the brain disease, a new study shows.

About 8.4% of children ages 10 to 19 treated at a Boston epilepsy clinic had eating disorders, three times the national average of 2.7% of teens with an eating disorder, researchers found.

“Adolescents with epilepsy may feel a loss of control becau...

Could 'Float Therapy' Help Ease Anorexia?

Float therapy, where a patient is suspended in a pool of warm, salty water in a soundproof room, could help ease some aspects of anorexia nervosa, a small new study found.

“The idea is that women with anorexia have dysfunctional interoceptive abilities [sensing internal signals from your body], so they're not able to attend to and perceive their bodily experiences in the same way that ...

Psilocybin May Help Some Who Battle Anorexia

One dose of the hallucinogenic ingredient in "magic mushrooms" may help some people with anorexia move past their preoccupation with body image, an early study suggests.

The study, of just 10 women with anorexia, tested the effects of a single dose of psilocybin plus psychological counseling sessions.

Researchers found that the treatment appeared safe, with patients rating the exper...

What Are Eating Disorders, and What Are the Signs?

Eating disorders are on the rise, affecting about 30 million people worldwide, and they can be deadly.

The causes are “like pieces of a puzzle,” according to Amy Ethridge, an occupational therapist and clinical psychiatric specialist in the Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders Program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey.

“It is usually a response to s...

Why Midlife Can Bring Risk of New Eating Disorders

Most people think of eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia as afflictions of teenagers, but a new study finds that older women are also vulnerable to developing them, especially around menopause.

The main driver of eating disorders in older women? Body dissatisfaction, the researchers found.

When researchers looked at eating disorder symptoms among 36 women aged 45 to 61...

Eating Disorders Can Begin as Early as Age 9

More young children may struggle with eating disorders than previously thought, a new study reveals.

Data on nearly 12,000 U.S. children between the ages of 9 and 10 that was collected as part of a federally funded study found that 5% had engaged in

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  • Brain Changes May Be Hallmark of Anorexia

    People with anorexia nervosa show significant shrinkage in three important areas of the brain, new research reveals.

    The researchers said their study findings highlight the importance of early treatment, to prevent long-term structural brain changes in people with...

    Have an Eating Disorder? Know Your Treatment Options

    If you have an eating disorder, it's important to know the treatment options, Mayo Clinic experts say.

    Treatment depends on the particular eating disorder and symptoms. It typically involves a combination of psychotherapy, nutrition education, medical monitoring and sometimes medication.

    If standar...

    Kardashian's Figure a Tough Ideal for Women at Risk of Eating Disorders

    The images are never-ending: Celebrities like Kim Kardashian posting one sultry shot after another on social media. But new research warns this constant barrage of "perfect" bodies can undermine the self-esteem of young women.

    They're apt to feel their own figures come up short by comparison --- whether th...

    Pandemic Brought Big Rise in New Cases of Anorexia

    A new study confirms yet another consequence of the pandemic for children and teenagers: Eating disorders, and hospitalizations for them, rose sharply in 2020.

    The study of six hospitals across Canada found new diagnoses of anorexia nearly doubled during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. And the rate of hospitalization among those patients was almost threefold higher, versus pre-pa...

    Pandemic Doubled Need for Inpatient Care of Eating Disorders

    The number of people who were hospitalized for eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia doubled in May 2020, about two months after the COVID-19 pandemic was officially declared a national emergency.

    The new study didn't look at why there was such a surge in eating disorders during that time, but it tracks for many reasons, said study author Kelly Allison. She is the director of the ...

    Is There a Link Between Vaping and Eating Disorders in the Young?

    College students who vape appear to be at higher risk of having an eating disorder, a new study suggests.

    "The study's findings are especially relevant as we have seen a surge in referrals for eating disorders and substance use disorders during the pandemic," said study author Dr. Jason Nagata. He is an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of California, S...

    Hospitalizations for Teens With Eating Disorders Rose Sharply During Pandemic

    The pandemic may have triggered yet another burgeoning health problem: New research suggests that more than twice as many young people as is normal were hospitalized with eating disorders in the first 12 months of the COVID-19 surge in the United States.

    There were 125 eating order-related hospitalizations of patients ages 10 to 23 at the University of Michigan's health system in the firs...

    New Insights Into How Eating Disorders Alter the Brain

    Behaviors associated with eating disorders can make real changes to the brain, new research shows. The findings could help explain why these serious disorders are often chronic -- and may also point the way to new treatments.

    Eating disorders -- such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge-eating disorder -- can result in severe complications, including death. Related behaviors include bi...

    Body's 'Signals' May Feel Different in People With Anorexia, Depression

    The brain interprets physical signals differently in people with depression, anorexia and some other mental health disorders, new research shows.

    British scientists examined "interoception" -- the brain's ability to sense internal conditions in the body -- in 626 patients with mental health disorders and a control group of 610 people without mental illness.

    "Interoception is somethi...

    In Girls as Young as 7, Weight May Predict Odds for Eating Disorder

    Could there be a way to tell years in advance which girls are more likely to develop eating disorders?

    New research from Denmark suggests that childhood body mass index (BMI) may offer important clues. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.

    The new research linked lower BMI as early as age 7 with a higher risk of anorexia, an eating disorder in which people sever...

    Stress Not Always a Trigger for Relapse in Eating Disorders: Study

    Stress does not trigger binge eating in people with eating disorders, new research suggests.

    The findings challenge a common theory that's never been directly tested in patients, according to the study authors.

    Their research included 85 women (22 with anorexia, 33 with bulimia and a control group of 30 without an eating disorder). The study participants were assessed for two days t...

    Pandemic Has Many Kids Struggling With Weight Issues

    Kids and teens are already struggling to learn outside the classroom during the pandemic, but lockdowns and quarantines are also making it hard for them to control their weight, child health experts say.

    Lost routines, economic insecurity and grief are making things more challenging for children who struggle with their weight, whether it's with obesity or anorexia, according to doctors at...

    Lockdowns Are Putting People With Eating Disorders in Crisis

    At Eating Recovery Center, which offers treatment and services for people who have eating disorders, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs were switched to virtual when the pandemic began.

    But that didn't sit well with people who were working on their recovery.

    "Our patients said, 'You can't do this. This is not enough support for us,'" said Ellen Astrachan-Fletc...

    Spotting an Eating Disorder in Your College-Age Child

    When your child enters college, the last thing you may be worried about is an eating disorder, but one expert says there are warning signs that parents shouldn't miss.

    "Parents and family members are often the first to identify when their loved one is struggling with an eating disorder," said Sydney Brodeur-Johnson, from the Veritas Collective, a health care system focused on eating disor...

    Doorway Study Reveals How Anorexia Changes 'Body Awareness'

    A study that examined how people walked through doorways provides new insight into anorexia's effect on a person's body image.

    It's long been known that people with anorexia overestimate their body size, but this study examined unconscious body awareness -- formally called "body schema." It's the innate ability a person has to orient themselves in a room and stop from bumping into objects...

    Do Gut Microbes Play a Role in Anorexia?

    Gut microbes may play a significant role in the eating disorder anorexia, a new British study says.

    Researchers from the University of Oxford reviewed available evidence suggesting that in people with anorexia gut microbes could affect affect appetite, weight, and mental health conditions such as anxiety and compulsive behavior.

    The findings appear online Jan. 12 in the journal ...

    Be Alert to Early Signs of Eating Disorders, Pediatricians' Group Says

    A leading pediatricians' group says families often spot eating disorders too late -- and offers new guidelines to reach an earlier diagnosis.

    "For too long, eating disorders were considered a disease that afflicted mostly affluent white teenage girls," said Dr. Laurie Hornberger, lead author of the report written by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Adolescence.

    "We kn...

    Is There a Better Therapy for Hospitalized Anorexia Patients?

    It may seem counterintuitive, but when someone with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa is hospitalized, treatment often begins by cutting calories. Now, new research suggests that those eating restrictions can be safely relaxed in the hospital.

    Starting with a lower-calorie diet has long been thought to prevent big shifts in fluid and electrolytes that can lead to cardiac arrest, c...

    Eating Disorders Cost Billions in the U.S.

    Eating disorders -- such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge-eating disorder -- cost the U.S. economy nearly $65 billion in one recent year, a new report shows.

    About 75% of that ($48.6 billion) was due to lost productivity, according to the researchers.

    "Our study lays bare the devastating economic impact that eating disorders have in the United States, a country whe...

    Anorexia Often Stunts Girls' Growth, Study Finds

    Girls with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa may have stunted growth, new research suggests.

    People with anorexia nervosa believe they weigh too much, even if they're underweight. They may lose a dangerous amount of weight by dieting, exercising excessively, or binge-eating and purging.

    "Our findings emphasize the importance of early and intensive intervention aiming at...

    Dangerous 'Drunkorexia' Hits College Campuses

    College students are known to drink too much and eat a poor diet.

    So it may not be surprising that new research has revealed that these two unhealthy behaviors often collide on campus.

    When students diet, exercise or purge to purposely offset calories they consume from alcohol, experts sometimes call this "drunkorexia."

    The new study, published online recently in ...

    Many Adults Delay Getting Help for Eating Disorders

    Young adults may be waiting too long to seek help for eating disorders, a new study suggests.

    Researchers surveyed 300 young adults, ages 18-25, in Australia. They found the majority had eating, weight or body shape concerns.

    "Concerningly, only a minority of people with eating disorder symptoms had sought professional help and few believed they needed help despite the probl...

    TV Could Sway Viewers to Prefer Thinner Women: Study

    People who watch lots of TV prefer thinner women, which suggests that TV can influence opinions about preferred body shapes, researchers say.

    Their study included 299 men and women in a remote area of Nicaragua, in Central America. Participants were either regular TV viewers or had little or no access to it.

    While regular viewers preferred thinner females, those with little...

    More Teen Time on Social Media, More Eating Disorders?

    The more often young teens turn to social media, the more prone they are to eating disorders, new research suggests.

    While the study does not prove social media use causes eating disorders, it raises a red flag, said study author Simon Wilksch. He's a senior research fellow in psychology at Flinders University, in South Australia.

    The study looked at close to 1,000 middle sc...

    Diet Pill, Laxative Use Often Precedes an Eating Disorder

    Girls and young women who use diet pills and laxatives to control their weight are at increased risk for eating disorders, a new study finds.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than 10,000 girls and women, aged 14 to 36, from 2001 to 2016.

    Among those who initially did not have an eating disorder, 1.8% of those who used diet pills in the past year said they received the...

    Eating Disorders Linked to Suicide Risk

    Eating disorders, serious medical conditions that few report, may trigger suicide attempts, three new studies show.

    Research lead by Tomoko Udo, an assistant professor of health policy, management and behavior at the University at Albany, State University of New York, found that only half of those with eating disorders seek help, that some are less likely than others to seek help, an...