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13 Dec
Pandemic Brought Big Rise in New Cases of Anorexia

Pandemic Brought Big Rise in New Cases of Anorexia

A new study confirms yet another consequence of the pandemic for children and teenagers: Eating disorders, and hospitalizations for them, rose sharply in 2020.

The study of six hospitals across Canada found new diagnoses of anorexia nearly doubled during the first wave o...

24 Nov
Pandemic Doubled Need for Inpatient Care of Eating Disorders

Pandemic Doubled Need for Inpatient Care of Eating Disorders

The number of people who were hospitalized for eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia doubled in May 2020, about two months after the COVID-19 pandemic was officially declared a national emergency.

The new study didn't look at why there was such a surge in eating ...

15 Sep
Is There a Link Between Vaping and Eating Disorders in the Young?

Is There a Link Between Vaping and Eating Disorders in the Young?

College students who vape appear to be at higher risk of having an eating disorder, a new study suggests.

"The study's findings are especially relevant as we have seen a surge in referrals for eating disorders and substance use disorders during the pandemic," said study ...

13 Jul
Hospitalizations for Teens With Eating Disorders Rose Sharply During Pandemic

Hospitalizations for Teens With Eating Disorders Rose Sharply During Pandemic

The pandemic may have triggered yet another burgeoning health problem: New research suggests that more than twice as many young people as is normal were hospitalized with eating disorders in the first 12 months of the COVID-19 surge in the United States.

There were 125 e...

01 Jul
New Insights Into How Eating Disorders Alter the Brain

New Insights Into How Eating Disorders Alter the Brain

Behaviors associated with eating disorders can make real changes to the brain, new research shows. The findings could help explain why these serious disorders are often chronic -- and may also point the way to new treatments.

Eating disorders -- such as anorexia nervosa...

24 Jun
Body's 'Signals' May Feel Different in People With Anorexia, Depression

Body's 'Signals' May Feel Different in People With Anorexia, Depression

The brain interprets physical signals differently in people with depression, anorexia and some other mental health disorders, new research shows.

British scientists examined "interoception" -- the brain's ability to sense internal conditions in the body -- in 626 patient...

11 May
In Girls as Young as 7, Weight May Predict Odds for Eating Disorder

In Girls as Young as 7, Weight May Predict Odds for Eating Disorder

Could there be a way to tell years in advance which girls are more likely to develop eating disorders?

New research from Denmark suggests that childhood body mass index (BMI) may offer important clues. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.

The ...

15 Apr
Stress Not Always a Trigger for Relapse in Eating Disorders: Study

Stress Not Always a Trigger for Relapse in Eating Disorders: Study

Stress does not trigger binge eating in people with eating disorders, new research suggests.

The findings challenge a common theory that's never been directly tested in patients, according to the study authors.

Their research included 85 women (22 with anorexia, 33...

22 Mar
Pandemic Has Many Kids Struggling With Weight Issues

Pandemic Has Many Kids Struggling With Weight Issues

Kids and teens are already struggling to learn outside the classroom during the pandemic, but lockdowns and quarantines are also making it hard for them to control their weight, child health experts say.

Lost routines, economic insecurity and grief are making things more...

19 Mar
Lockdowns Are Putting People With Eating Disorders in Crisis

Lockdowns Are Putting People With Eating Disorders in Crisis

At Eating Recovery Center, which offers treatment and services for people who have eating disorders, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs were switched to virtual when the pandemic began.

But that didn't sit well with people who were working on their...

18 Feb
Spotting an Eating Disorder in Your College-Age Child

Spotting an Eating Disorder in Your College-Age Child

When your child enters college, the last thing you may be worried about is an eating disorder, but one expert says there are warning signs that parents shouldn't miss.

"Parents and family members are often the first to identify when their loved one is struggling with an ...

19 Jan
Doorway Study Reveals How Anorexia Changes 'Body Awareness'

Doorway Study Reveals How Anorexia Changes 'Body Awareness'

A study that examined how people walked through doorways provides new insight into anorexia's effect on a person's body image.

It's long been known that people with anorexia overestimate their body size, but this study examined unconscious body awareness -- formally call...

12 Jan
Do Gut Microbes Play a Role in Anorexia?

Do Gut Microbes Play a Role in Anorexia?

Gut microbes may play a significant role in the eating disorder anorexia, a new British study says.

Researchers from the University of Oxford reviewed available evidence suggesting that in people with anorexia gut microbes could affect affect appetite, weight, and mental...

21 Dec
Be Alert to Early Signs of Eating Disorders, Pediatricians' Group Says

Be Alert to Early Signs of Eating Disorders, Pediatricians' Group Says

A leading pediatricians' group says families often spot eating disorders too late -- and offers new guidelines to reach an earlier diagnosis.

"For too long, eating disorders were considered a disease that afflicted mostly affluent white teenage girls," said Dr. Laurie Ho...

20 Oct
Is There a Better Therapy for Hospitalized Anorexia Patients?

Is There a Better Therapy for Hospitalized Anorexia Patients?

It may seem counterintuitive, but when someone with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa is hospitalized, treatment often begins by cutting calories. Now, new research suggests that those eating restrictions can be safely relaxed in the hospital.

Starting with a low...

21 Aug
Eating Disorders Cost Billions in the U.S.

Eating Disorders Cost Billions in the U.S.

Eating disorders -- such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge-eating disorder -- cost the U.S. economy nearly $65 billion in one recent year, a new report shows.

About 75% of that ($48.6 billion) was due to lost productivity, according to the researchers.

...

20 Aug
Anorexia Often Stunts Girls' Growth, Study Finds

Anorexia Often Stunts Girls' Growth, Study Finds

Girls with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa may have stunted growth, new research suggests.

People with anorexia nervosa believe they weigh too much, even if they're underweight. They may lose a dangerous amount of weight by dieting, exercising excessively, or b...

21 Jul
Dangerous 'Drunkorexia' Hits College Campuses

Dangerous 'Drunkorexia' Hits College Campuses

College students are known to drink too much and eat a poor diet.

So it may not be surprising that new research has revealed that these two unhealthy behaviors often collide on campus.

When students diet, exercise or purge to purposely offset calories they...

21 Apr
Many Adults Delay Getting Help for Eating Disorders

Many Adults Delay Getting Help for Eating Disorders

Young adults may be waiting too long to seek help for eating disorders, a new study suggests.

Researchers surveyed 300 young adults, ages 18-25, in Australia. They found the majority had eating, weight or body shape concerns.

"Concerningly, only a minority ...

19 Dec
TV Could Sway Viewers to Prefer Thinner Women: Study

TV Could Sway Viewers to Prefer Thinner Women: Study

People who watch lots of TV prefer thinner women, which suggests that TV can influence opinions about preferred body shapes, researchers say.

Their study included 299 men and women in a remote area of Nicaragua, in Central America. Participants were either regular TV...

05 Dec
More Teen Time on Social Media, More Eating Disorders?

More Teen Time on Social Media, More Eating Disorders?

The more often young teens turn to social media, the more prone they are to eating disorders, new research suggests.

While the study does not prove social media use causes eating disorders, it raises a red flag, said study author Simon Wilksch. He's a senior research...

21 Nov
Diet Pill, Laxative Use Often Precedes an Eating Disorder

Diet Pill, Laxative Use Often Precedes an Eating Disorder

Girls and young women who use diet pills and laxatives to control their weight are at increased risk for eating disorders, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 10,000 girls and women, aged 14 to 36, from 2001 to 2016.

Among those who ...

08 Oct
Eating Disorders Linked to Suicide Risk

Eating Disorders Linked to Suicide Risk

Eating disorders, serious medical conditions that few report, may trigger suicide attempts, three new studies show.

Research lead by Tomoko Udo, an assistant professor of health policy, management and behavior at the University at Albany, State University of New Yor...