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Eating Disorder Research News
February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

Treatment Strategy for Anorexia

Feb. 20, 2017 — New research conducted in adolescent rodents provides insights on the mechanisms behind anorexia nervosa and points to a potential treatment ... read more

Social Eating Leads to Overeating, Especially Among Men

Dec. 6, 2016 — Gorging at a holiday meal or friend's BBQ might have more to do with your ego than the quality of the food -- especially if you're a ... read more

Perceived Obesity Causes Lower Body Satisfaction for Women Than Men, Study Shows

Oct. 11, 2016 — ‘Owning’ an obese body produces significantly lower body satisfaction for females than males, scientists have found. In the first study of its kind investigating healthy individuals and their ... read more

New Approach to Block Binge Eating

Oct. 6, 2016 — A new therapeutic target for the treatment of compulsive binge eating has been identified by researchers. They report the beneficial effects of the activation of a class of receptors, Trace ... read more

Alcoholism Worsens Insomnia, but There Is Hope

Oct. 6, 2016 — Individuals with alcohol dependence (AD) often have sleep-related disorders such as insomnia, circadian-rhythm sleep disorders, breathing-related sleep disorders, movement disorders, and parasomnias ... read more

Binge-Eating Disorder Linked to Other Health Conditions

Sep. 19, 2016 — Binge-eating disorder (BED) was linked with a broad range of other illnesses in a recent study, with the strongest associations related to the endocrine and circulatory systems. Individuals with BED ... read more

Heredity a Major Factor in ADHD, Binge Eating and Alcohol Dependence

Sep. 5, 2016 — It is mostly hereditary factors that lie behind adults with ADHD often developing alcohol dependence and binge eating, concludes new research. Since heredity plays such a large role, it is important ... read more

One Approach Can Prevent Teen Obesity, Eating Disorders, New Guidelines Say

Aug. 22, 2016 — A single approach can prevent both obesity and eating disorders in teenagers, according to new ... read more

Activating Dopamine Neurons Could Turn Off Binge-Like Eating Behavior

Aug. 8, 2016 — While binge eating affects about 10 percent of adults in the United States, the neurobiological basis of the disease is unclear. Researchers have found that certain neural circuits have the ability ... read more

Women Appear to Be More Accepting of Their Bodies/weight

Aug. 5, 2016 — Despite growing rates of obesity in the United States, and a culture apparently obsessed with selfies, women today appear to be more accepting of their bodies than in the past, at least in regard to ... read more

July 19, 2016 — Abnormalities in brain regions involved in forming insight may help explain why some people with anorexia nervosa have trouble recognizing their dangerous, dysfunctional eating ... read more

Oxytocin's Role in Binge Eating

July 12, 2016 — A study has demonstrated that variants of the Oxytocin Receptor (OXTR) gene contribute to why some of us overeat or engage in episodes of binge eating. Researchers investigated how the OXTR gene ... read more

Childhood Binge Eating: Families, Feeding, and Feelings

June 28, 2016 — In order to put childhood binge eating into context, a new systematic review identifies two potential risk factors for binge eating in children under the age of 12. With family being the most ... read more

Anorexia Nervosa: Pleasure at Getting Thin More Than Fear of Getting Fat

June 7, 2016 — Anorexia nervosa might not be explained by fear of gaining weight, but by the pleasure of losing it, say researchers, adding that the phenomenon might be genetically influenced. The work challenges ... read more

Tweeting Your Weight Loss? Is There a Link Between Microblogging, Eating Disorders?

May 23, 2016 — In a new study, investigators have explored the relationship between social media, eating disorders, and compulsive ... read more

Obese or Anorexic Individuals React Differently to Taste, Study Says

May 16, 2016 — Women suffering from anorexia nervosa and those who are obese respond differently to taste, a finding that could lead to new treatments for the eating disorders, report ... read more

Greater Social Media Use Tied to Higher Risk of Eating, Body Image Concerns

May 11, 2016 — Logging on to social media sites frequently throughout the week or spending hours trolling various social feeds during the day is linked to a greater risk of young adults developing eating and body ... read more

Researchers Find Potential Breakthrough in Binge-Eating Disorder Treatment

May 10, 2016 — A treatment used for depression, Parkinson’s disease and autism shows promise to alleviate obesity in binge-eating disorder patients. tDCS is a type of neuromodulator that delivers constant, ... read more

Do Anorexia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigues Share a Common Cause?

Apr. 25, 2016 — Irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and anorexia nervosa may all have a common origin, according to researchers. They speculate that all three disorders may be caused by antibodies to ... read more

School Affects Girls' Chances of Being Diagnosed With an Eating Disorder

Apr. 20, 2016 — After allowing for other factors, a joint UK-Swedish team finds that the school a girl attends can affect her chance of being diagnosed with an eating disorder. More eating disorders occur in those ... read more

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