Eating Disorders

Australia-first early intervention program for young people with eating disorders

Eating Disorders - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 17:07

For three years Siena Armati's life was a revolving door of emergency departments, feeding tubes, starvation and lying to the people she most cared about. Anorexia nervosa's deleterious effects isolated the teenager, corroded her body and wore away at her self worth and mental well-being.

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New, ultra-rare gene mutations implicated in eating disorders

Eating Disorders - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:09

By combining whole exome sequencing, machine learning, and network analysis, researchers have identified new, ultra-rare gene mutations within specific biological pathways that may contribute to eating disorders. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and the Eating Recovery Center in Dallas, Texas, also shows that targeting one of the pathways with a drug already approved for diabetes reduces food consumption in a mouse model of binge eating, suggesting that the findings might be useful for developing new, targeted treatments for eating disorders.

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What Black Women Need to Know about Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 00:26

While eating disorders have long been considered a predominately "white woman" problem, recent findings show that eating disorders are becoming a major health issue for black women. In fact, binge eating occurs at higher rates in the black populations than white ones.

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Compassion key to treating eating disorders

Eating Disorders - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 09:17

The School of Psychology study reviewed the use of compassion focussed therapy in the treatment of eating and weight concerns. CFT, which has grown over the last two decades, encourages self-compassion to alleviate suffering that is created by an individual's self-criticism and shame.

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The Genetics of Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 16:23

Thirty million American women and men will struggle with eating disorders in their lifetime, and these life-threatening conditions have a higher mortality rate than any other psychiatric illness. For example, someone struggling with anorexia for five years has a 5 per cent, or one in 20 chance, of dying.

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