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...
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 ...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.