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Eating Disorders May Start in Elementary School

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 – Eating disorders can begin before puberty and may be linked with other mental health issues, a new study shows. Canadian researchers evaluated 215 children, aged 8 to 12, with eating problems. More than 15 percent of the kids made themselves vomit occasionally, and about 13 percent had bulimic-like behaviors. Fifty-two percent of the children had been hospitalized at least once due to their eating problem, and 48 percent had been received outpatient treatment, the researchers said. Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by eating and purging, usually by vomiting or using laxatives. "Many researchers believe that bulimia only appears at adolescence, but our (findings) indicate that the problem can arise much earlier. It is possible that it is currently under-diagnosed due to a lack of awareness and investigation," study leader Dominique Meilleur, a clinical ... Read more

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Brain Scans Suggest 'Food Addiction' Might Be Real

Posted 26 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 26 – New brain scan research supports the notion that some people have a food "addiction," with foods like white bread or potatoes helping to spur their craving to eat. Researchers used functional ("real time") MRI to observe the brain activity of 12 overweight or obese men during the crucial four hours after they ate a meal, a period that experts say influences eating behavior during the next meal. The participants' blood sugar levels and hunger were also measured during this time. The men's "meals" were two milkshakes that had the same calories, taste and sweetness. The only difference was that one milkshake contained high-glycemic index carbohydrates and the other had low-glycemic index carbohydrates. High-glycemic index carbohydrates – which are quickly transformed into sugar in the blood – are found in highly processed foods such as white bread and white rice. ... Read more

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Young Binge Eaters Prone to Illicit Drug Use: Study

Posted 10 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 10 – Tweens, teens and young adults who routinely overeat appear to be more likely to experiment with marijuana or other drugs, new research suggests. The observation stems from a decade-long research effort, during which nearly 17,000 boys and girls were tracked to assess eating and drug-use patterns. The bottom-line: Drug use increased among all overeaters, regardless of whether that behavior took the form of relatively controlled overeating or binge-eating behavior, which involves a loss of eating control. "Previous research has demonstrated a link between overeating and binge eating and other health concerns, so most of the results were as we expected," said Kendrin Sonneville, a registered dietician in the division of adolescent/young adult medicine at Children's Hospital Boston. She did suggest, however, that some findings, including that "teens who binge eat were no ... Read more

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Eating Disorders Can Last Well Beyond Teen Years

Posted 28 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28 – Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are typically thought to be diseases of young women and men. But researchers are finding that the personal demons that drive a young person to an eating disorder may linger into adulthood. More and more middle-aged and older people are coming forward to receive treatment for eating problems that began in their youth and have been reignited by adult stress or personal crises. "Some had actual eating disorders" when they were younger, and "others had aspects of an eating disorder but were never fully treated," said Dr. Ed Tyson, an eating disorders specialist in Austin, Texas. "Then something happens later in life that stresses them to a point where the eating disorder becomes engaged." The Renfrew Center, which operates a number of eating disorder clinics in the United States, has seen a 42 percent increase in ... Read more

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Eating Disorders Can Harm Women's Fertility

Posted 4 Aug 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 4 – Women with the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia may take a bit longer to get pregnant than other women, a new study has found. U.K. researchers asked 11,088 pregnant women to complete questionnaires at 12 and 18 weeks of gestation. Of those women, 171 (1.5 percent) had anorexia at some point in their lives, 199 (1.8 percent) had bulimia, and another 82 (0.7 percent) had experienced both conditions. A larger proportion of the women with the eating disorders took more than six months to conceive compared to those with no history of eating disorders (39.5 percent vs 25 percent). However, women with eating disorders weren't more likely to take longer than 12 months to conceive, the investigators found. Women with anorexia or bulimia were more than twice as likely to have received treatment or help to get pregnant, 6.2 percent vs. 2.7 percent. The study also found ... Read more

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Eating Disorders More Prevalent Than Thought Among American Teens

Posted 8 Mar 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 7 – Many American adolescents suffer from an eating disorder and struggle with related psychiatric disorders, including suicidal tendencies, new research reveals. "The prevalence of these disorders is higher than previously expected in this age range, and the patterns of [co-existing illnesses], role impairment and suicidality indicate that eating disorders represent a major public health concern," the researchers wrote. "This article aptly points out that we should not dismiss eating disorders as a public health problem simply because their prevalence is lower than some other major mental illnesses," said Mary Tantillo, director of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders and an associate professor of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. "The magnitude of what happens because of eating disorders – severe mental ... Read more

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Self-Drawings May Reveal Hidden Eating Disorders

Posted 16 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 16 – The way women draw themselves may help reveal whether they have an eating disorder, researchers suggest. They found that women with anorexia or bulimia draw themselves with different characteristics than women without eating disorders. The study, by Israeli researchers, included 36 women with anorexia or bulimia and 40 women with no eating disorder, half of them overweight and half normal weight. The women were asked to draw themselves, and the researchers found various differences between the groups in four areas: Women with anorexia or bulimia tended to portray themselves with a larger neck, a disconnected neck or no neck. The mouth was more emphasized by women with anorexia or bulimia. Depictions of wider thighs were more common among participants with eating disorders. Women with anorexia or bulimia tended to draw pictures without feet or with disconnected ... Read more

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Rate of Eating Disorders in Kids Keeps Rising

Posted 29 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 29 – Eating disorders have risen steadily in children and teens over the last few decades, with some of the sharpest increases occurring in boys and minority youths, according to a new report. In one startling statistic cited in the report, an analysis by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that hospitalizations for eating disorders jumped by 119 percent between 1999 and 2006 for kids younger than 12. At the same time as severe cases of anorexia and bulimia have risen, so too have "partial-syndrome" eating disorders – young people who have some, but not all, of the symptoms of an eating disorder. Athletes, including gymnasts and wrestlers, and performers, including dancers and models, may be particularly at risk, according to the report. "We are seeing a lot more eating disorders than we used to and we are seeing it in people we didn't associate with ... Read more

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Eating Disorders, Addictions Tough to Treat in Teens

Posted 1 Jul 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 1 – When it comes to treating eating disorders and addictions, the path to recovery may be even harder – and less straightforward – for children and teens than it is for adults, experts say. "Disorders that start when you're young, in adolescence, no matter what the disorder, are always harder to treat and harder to recover from," said Dr. David Schlager, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. This applies both to a wide range of problems, he said, from eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, to addictions and mental illness. No one knows exactly why this is so, in terms of brain chemistry, but adolescence can be hard enough even without these complications. "There are so many crucial things going on, so much pressure to establish yourself in various ways," explained Schlager, ... Read more

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Belly-Baring Cheerleaders at Raised Risk of Eating Disorders

Posted 4 Jun 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 4 – Midriff-revealing uniforms are linked to a higher risk of eating disorders among college cheerleaders, new research shows. Toni Torres-McGehee, an assistant professor of athletic training at the University of South Carolina, studied 136 college cheerleaders in Division I and Division II, trying to determine if there were links between their team positions, their clothing requirements (full or midriff uniforms, for example), body image and prevalence of eating disorders. One-third of the cheerleaders appeared to be at risk of developing eating disorders, and those on teams with uniforms that bared the midriff were at highest risk. They were also most likely to have body-image issues. "Maladaptive body image and eating behaviors can form during youth and last a lifetime," Torres-McGehee said in a news release. "Teams and coaches should consider the long-term effects of ... Read more

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Many With Serious Eating Disorders Could Go Undiagnosed

Posted 12 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 12 – The standard criteria psychiatrists use to diagnose anorexia nervosa and bulimia may be too rigid and exclude many patients who urgently require treatment for eating disorders, a new study suggests. These patients are typically categorized as "Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified" (EDNOS), which has become a "mosh pit" that lumps dissimilar patients into a single category that's poorly recognized by doctors and health insurers, according to primary author Dr. Rebecka Peebles, an adolescent medicine specialist with the Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in California. The EDNOS label is "a bit misleading to patients – it can make them feel like they don't have a real eating disorder," Peebles said in a hospital news release. She and her colleagues investigated whether adolescents with EDNOS are less ill than those who meet ... Read more

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Brains of Bulimia Patients Wired Differently

Posted 6 Jan 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 6 – Brain circuitry involved in regulating impulsive behavior seems to be less active in women suffering from the eating disorder known as bulimia nervosa. The frontostriatal regulatory circuits implicated in this study are mediated by both the neurotransmitter dopamine and the neurotransmitter serotonin. So far, serotonin has been widely implicated in bulimia, which is often treated with antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). However, dopamine has not been studied closely in relation to bulimia nervosa. "These findings argue for looking more directly into dopamine systems in eating disorders," said study author Rachel Marsh, an assistant professor of clinical psychology in the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. "It's definitely preliminary . . . but it's not something to ignore," added ... Read more

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