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Higher Risk of Mental Health Problems for Transgender College Students: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Transgender college students are two to four times more likely than their classmates to have mental health problems, researchers say.

They analyzed data from more than 1,200 gender-minority students on 71 U.S. campuses who took part in an annual nationwide survey. Gender-minority means their gender identity differs from the sex assigned to the...

Is Your Daughter, the Athlete, Eating Enough?

THURSDAY, Aug. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is essential for girls, but problems can occur if they take in too few calories.

Young females who eat too little risk menstrual irregularity, weak bones and eating disorders. Among high school girls, only 1% have all three issues, but between 16% and 54% have one of them, and that increases the risk for developing the o...

Extreme Eating Habits Could Be an Early Clue to Autism

TUESDAY, July 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of kids are picky eaters. But when eating habits in young children are extreme, it could be a sign of autism, researchers say.

A new study finds atypical eating behaviors -- such as hypersensitivity to food textures or pocketing food without swallowing -- in 70% of kids with autism. That's 15 times the rate typically found in childre...

For Kids With Rare Condition, 'Restricted' Diets Can Turn Dangerous

THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Two young patients -- one 3 and the other 13 -- have a rare condition that calls for a highly restricted diet. Both have so much trouble eating that they developed an eating disorder and required feeding tubes, a new report shows.

Such is the fate of some of those with eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE), a chronic inflammatory disease that affec...

Many Young Men Putting Health at Risk to Bulk Up

TUESDAY, June 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Image is everything for most teens and young adults, and 22% of young men and 5% of young women turn to potentially dangerous methods to "bulk up," a new study says.

These unhealthy methods -- dubbed "disordered eating behaviors" -- include eating to gain weight and using supplements or anabolic steroids to increase muscle or body si...

When Healthy Eating Turns Into a Dangerous Obsession

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When eating healthy becomes an around-the-clock obsession, it could be a sign of trouble.

An extreme preoccupation with clean eating is an eating order called orthorexia nervosa. Though less well-known than anorexia nervosa or bulimia -- and not as well-documented -- a new study review says orthorexia can also have serious emotional and physica...

Foods May Taste Better If You're Sitting

WEDNESDAY, June 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Everybody eats while standing at parties, picnics and food trucks, but science suggests we'd all enjoy our food much more if we sat down.

Your posture -- that is, whether you're sitting or standing -- affects your sense of taste. And researchers at the University of South Florida say sitting makes your food taste better.

They inv...

Can Social Media Lead to Eating Disorders?

TUESDAY, May 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Traditional media, including TV and magazine ads, tend to portray ideals of physical perfection that can fuel worries about body image and eating disorders. A study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that spending hours on social media is linked to these issues, too.

In particular, people in the top 25% of high-volum...

Cutting Calories Can Boost Your Sex Life and Your Sleep

THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The benefits of eating fewer calories may go far beyond losing weight.

Three decades of animal studies have found that eating fewer calories can extend lifespan and reduce the risk of chronic diseases and even some cancers. And some, though not all, of these benefits are starting to be seen in men and women taking part in clinical trials.

Teens Often Off the Mark About Their Weight, With Unhealthy Results

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in four American teens misperceives their weight, and that can trigger a bad chain of events, researchers say.

"American adolescents who misperceive their weight are significantly more likely to engage in unhealthy dietary and food habits, and are more likely to have sedentary lifestyles," said corresponding study author Jagdish Khub...

Extreme Dieting in Teens Often Intensifies in Adulthood

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Extreme dieting behaviors often begin in the teen years and worsen in adulthood, a new study finds.

Unhealthy weight-control behaviors -- such as purging and fasting -- are associated with problems later in life, including eating disorders, depression and substance abuse, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota.

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Why Seniors Can Struggle With Swallowing

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you have developed swallowing problems as you age, a new study may explain why.

A loss of muscle mass and function in the throat helps explain why 15 percent of seniors have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), researchers have found.

"Dysphagia has serious consequences for health and quality of life," said study author Sonja Molfen...

Obese Young Adults Prone to Binging, Purging

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight and obese young adults are twice as likely as those who are thinner to try to control their weight through binging and purging, using laxatives or diuretics, or forcing themselves to vomit, a new study finds.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) researchers noted that these unhealthy weight-control methods increase th...

Too Much Social Media May Harm a Woman's Body Image

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest may not be good for women's self-esteem, a new study suggests.

Women are less likely to be happy with their bodies if they spend more than an hour a day on social media, the findings showed.

These women tend to think thin people are more attractive, and may be more self-conscious about how they themse...

A 'Chipped' Tooth Reveals What You Eat and Drink

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Tempted to cheat on your diet? You might want to think twice.

Tiny tooth-mounted sensors can now provide real-time information about what you eat and drink.

The technology could prove important in health care and clinical studies, according to the Tufts University School of Engineering team that developed it.

The flexi...

Why Evenings May Be a Dangerous Time for Dieters

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The hours after sunset may be toughest for folks trying to stay slim, new research shows.

The small study suggests that you're more likely to overeat in the evening -- especially if you're feeling stressed.

"The good news is that having this knowledge, people could take steps to reduce their risk of overeating by eating earlier in th...

How to Spot an Eating Disorder

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating disorders are common in the United States. But they're hard to identify and tough to fix.

"Eating disorders are serious conditions that ... negatively impact your health, emotions and ability to function in important areas of life," said Dr. Asim Shah.

Moreover, "more people die of an eating disorder than of any other psychiat...

Cancer Treatment Can Affect Your Food Preferences

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer therapies often change patients' sense of taste, which may affect what they like to eat, according to a nutrition expert.

"Increased taste sensitivities are more common than a muting of taste," said Catherine Carpenter, professor of clinical nutrition at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. "Usually, the type of taste sensitivity e...

Eating Feeds 'Feel Good' Hormones in the Brain

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating prompts the brain to release "feel good" hormones, known as endorphins, a new study shows.

Researchers found the regulation of these naturally occurring opioids, which can produce a sense of pleasure or euphoria, may help the body know when it's satisfied. On the flip side, overeating associated with the overstimulation of this system...