Eating Disorders News

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 ...

Addicted to Eating But Not to Foods

September 10th, 2014
New research suggests people do not become addicted to donuts or sodas, but they can become addicted to eating for its own sake. UK researchers discovered the brain does not respond to nutrients in the same way as it does to addictive drugs ...

Enlisting Social Networks in Fight Against Obesity

September 9th, 2014
New research from the UK finds that social networking programs designed to help people lose weight could play a role in the global fight against obesity. Researchers from Imperial College London combined the results of 12 previous studies to show that such programs ...

Overeating Linked to Viewing Specific Type of Television Program

September 2nd, 2014
Emerging research suggests that not all TV is alike when it comes to overeating. Cornell University researchers discovered that some TV programs might lead people to eat twice as much as other programs. "We find that if you're watching an action movie while snacking ...

Train Brain to be Addicted to Healthy Foods

September 2nd, 2014
A new study using brain imaging suggests it may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods. As published online in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, researchers from Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital performed ...

Eating Disorders May Hike Risk of Autoimmune Disease

August 27th, 2014
Finnish researchers have found that individuals with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are at risk of developing specific medical problems. They discovered autoimmune illnesses including type I diabetes and inflammatory bowel diseases (such as Crohn’s disease), ...

Ethnic Stereotypes Can Undermine Healthy Weight

August 26th, 2014
Maintaining an appropriate body weight can be difficult for many Americans. A new study suggests it can be more difficult among minority groups because of negative stereotypes. Dr. Luis Rivera, an experimental social psychologist at Rutgers University-Newark, believes stereotyping can prevent people from ...

Does ‘Fifty Shades’ Put Young Women at Risk?

August 22nd, 2014
In a new study, researchers attempt to determine if the blockbuster "Fifty Shades" series increases the threat of potentially harmful health behaviors and risks. The widely popular series has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. A movie adaptation is scheduled for release ...

Helping Women Cope with Sexual Objectification

August 7th, 2014
A new study of how female college students handle unwanted catcalls, demeaning stares, and sexual advances finds that some women may benefit from counseling to relieve internal distress and enhance coping skills. Researchers discovered some young women simply have more resilience and better ...

Childhood Obesity Linked to Earlier Puberty, Health Problems

July 29th, 2014
New research from the UK identifies a link between obesity in childhood and the lowering of the age of puberty. In a new investigation, endocrinologists studied a protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG binds to the sex hormones androgen and estrogen ...