eating disorders

Anorexia nervosa is at least partly a metabolic disorder, and not purely psychiatric as previously thought, indicates a global study, led by researchers at King’s College London and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The large-scale genome-wide association study, undertaken by over 100 academics worldwide, identified eight genetic variants linked to anorexia nervosa. The… Read more

Eating is often believed to be entirely under our conscious control – we choose to eat when we are hungry or when we feel tired and need more energy. Because of this, people often believe that overeating is caused by a lack of self-control and under-eating is a deliberate attempt to change our body, usually… Read more

Bulimia is an eating disorder that affects mostly women. It is becoming more and more common in western cultures. Bulimia is dangerous, causing both physical and psychological issues. But during a pregnancy the eating disorder harms not only the health of the mother, but also the health of the baby. Bulimia does cause irregular or… Read more

How yoga could help people see themselves in a better light is being investigated by researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. In their latest study, the researchers, led by professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, interviewed 46 young adults who practiced yoga at least 30 minutes a week, on average, over the past year… Read more

Using whole exome sequencing, combined with machine learning and network analysis, researchers have found new, ultra-rare gene mutations within specific biological pathways that may contribute to eating disorders. Conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and the Eating Recovery Center in Dallas, the study also demonstrates that targeting one of… Read more