Anorexia News

Vicious Cycle of Money Problems & Disordered Eating

February 18th, 2015
New research suggests experiencing financial difficulties while attending college may increase the risk of female students developing an eating disorder. Researchers from University of Southampton also discovered that having extreme attitudes about food and eating predicted short-term financial difficulties for female students, suggesting the ...

Gut Bacteria May Affect Appetite

February 10th, 2015
Scientists have discovered a possible link between eating disorders and specific types of bacteria in the intestines. The biological mechanisms behind eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder are unknown. So a team led by Dr. Serguei Fetissov from ...

Chronic Anorexia Can Lead to Genetic Changes

February 9th, 2015
A new Canadian study is the first to observe that the longer one suffers from active anorexia nervosa, the more likely a person’s DNA may be altered. This biological change may lead to additional changes in physical and mental health. Howard Steiger, Ph.D., head ...

Teen Body Image Perceptions Influence Adult Body Type

January 29th, 2015
New research discovers that teens who mistakenly perceive themselves as overweight are at greater risk of obesity as adults. The finding confirms the belief that an inappropriate body image can lead to a variety of issues during adolescence and adulthood. “Our research shows that ...

Eating More During Menstrual Cycle Hikes Eating Disorder Risk

December 17th, 2014
A new study links the biological stimulus that causes women to eat more during their menstrual cycle to an increased risk of developing eating disorder symptoms. Michigan State University Foundation Professor Dr. Kelly Klump found monthly hormonal changes and commensurate increased food intake ...

Kids’ Eating Problems Could Warn of Mental Issues

October 10th, 2014
A new study warns parents that childhood eating problems could predict underlying psychological issues. Researchers at the University of Montreal found that eating disorders can appear before puberty. "Many researchers believe that bulimia only appears at adolescence, but our studies indicate that the problem can ...

Study Probes Anorexia in Males

September 30th, 2014
New research suggests male anorexia is similar to female anorexia although the male disorder is associated with personality and gender identity issues. Although anorexia is traditionally associated with females, the disorder also occurs among boys and men. University of Montreal researchers embarked on a ...

Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem for Body Image

September 30th, 2014
Researchers have discovered that self-compassion can protect girls and young women from unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders. University of Waterloo investigators discovered women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index ...

Family-Based Therapy Preferred for Teen Anorexia

September 28th, 2014
A new study shows that family-based therapies are twice as effective as individual therapy at combating anorexia nervosa in teenagers. The study, which compares two different family-based therapies, adds to a growing body of evidence supporting the value of parents' involvement in anorexia ...

Older Girls in Middle School Can Contribute to Body Image Issues

September 19th, 2014
New research finds middle schools that include fifth through eighth grades may set the stage for dissatisfied body image among younger girls. Researchers found that although the media is highly criticized for contributing to body image issues in adolescents, the source for body ...