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Study Confirms Eating Disorders' Deadly Toll

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – New research assesses the often fatal outcomes for people with eating disorders, particularly anorexia. The study found that people with anorexia nervosa were five times more likely to die early than those in the general population. Most of the deaths among people with anorexia, which involves a low body weight and an intense fear of gaining weight, were due to natural causes associated with the disorder. Suicide was the leading cause of non-natural death. People with bulimia nervosa, which usually involves binge-eating and purging, and other types of eating disorders also had higher-than-normal death rates, but not as high as those with anorexia, the investigators said. Risk factors for premature death among people with eating disorders included a high number of hospitalizations for the disorder, being discharged from a hospital program too soon, developing an ... Read more

Related support groups: Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Bulimia, Anorexia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Obesity Surgery Patients May Often Have Mental Health Disorders

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 – Many people having surgery for severe obesity also have mental health conditions, particularly depression and binge-eating disorder, a new review finds. The analysis of 68 studies found that almost one-quarter of obesity surgery candidates had a mood-related disorder, usually depression. Another 17 percent had binge-eating disorder, researchers report Jan. 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Obesity surgery, known medically as bariatric surgery, can be an option for people who are severely overweight – typically 100 pounds or more. And while doctors have known that patients often have mental health symptoms as well, it has not been clear just how common that is, said study author Dr. Aaron Dawes. "What was striking to us is that depression and binge-eating disorder were both more than twice as common as they are in the general U.S. ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Obesity, Major Depressive Disorder, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Dysthymia, Bulimia, Neurotic Depression, Depressive Psychosis

Bullies May Face Higher Odds of Eating Disorders: Study

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 – Bullies may be at increased risk for eating disorders, a new study suggests. Previous research has found that victims of bullying are more likely to have these disorders, but the finding that bullies are also at risk came as a surprise, the researchers said. "For a long time, there's been this story about bullies that they're a little more hale and hearty," study author William Copeland, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., said in a university news release. "Maybe they're good at manipulating social situations or getting out of trouble, but in this one area it seems that's not the case at all. Maybe teasing others may sensitize them to their own body image issues, or afterward, they have regret for their actions that results in these symptoms like binge eating followed by purging or ... Read more

Related support groups: Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Bulimia, Anorexia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Teasing Girls About Weight May Cause Lasting Harm

Posted 20 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 – Teasing overweight girls about their weight can cause lasting harm to their self-image and might increase their risk of eating disorders, a new study suggests. "Weight status may be a more sensitive issue for children who are overweight or obese, and being teased about it may elicit a stronger response from them as opposed to children who are not overweight or obese," Norma Olvera, a professor and health educator at the University of Houston, said in a university news release. The research included 135 black and Hispanic girls about age 11 who were overweight or obese. Eighty-one percent of the girls were obese. All of them said they were unhappy about their body weight and wished they were thinner, the researchers said. "The study focused on black and Hispanic girls because they are at a higher risk of obesity, which may increase their desire to be thinner and ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Bulimia, Anorexia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Parents Should Be Involved in Teen's Bulimia Treatment: Study

Posted 18 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 – Teens with bulimia recover faster when their parents are involved in their treatment, new research reports. Traditionally, parents have been excluded from the treatment and counseling of teens with bulimia, the researchers said. But, the study's authors found that having parents play a role in their children's treatment was ultimately more effective. "Parents need to be actively involved in the treatment of kids and teens with eating disorders," said the study's leader, Daniel Le Grange, the Benioff UCSF professor in children's health at the University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. "This study shows definitively that parental engagement is imperative for a successful outcome of adolescents with bulimia nervosa. It goes counter to the training that physicians receive in psychiatry, which teaches that parents are to blame ... Read more

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Many Say Mental Health Care Is Vital, But Often Tough to Get

Posted 1 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – Although most Americans think mental health care is important, they often believe it's expensive and hard to get, a new survey shows. In questioning more than 2,000 adults, nearly 90 percent said they place equal value on mental and physical health. But one-third said mental health care is inaccessible. And 40 percent said cost is a barrier to treatment for many people, the survey found. Forty-seven percent of respondents thought they have had a mental health condition, but only 38 percent of them had received treatment. Of those who were treated, most thought it was helpful, including 82 percent who got psychotherapy and 78 percent who received medications. The survey also found that 86 percent of participants knew that mental health disorders such as depression are risk factors for suicide. Only 47 percent knew that anxiety disorders also increase suicide ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Mania, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Paranoid Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism, Agitation

Health Tip: Talking to Your Child About Eating Disorders

Posted 17 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you're concerned that your child may have an eating disorder, having the conversation can be difficult. The University of Michigan Health System suggests: Explain to your child in a caring, loving way about your concerns. Listen carefully to your child's response. Be aware that teens with eating disorders may be ashamed, afraid or out of control. Explain to your child that you want to help. You may need to bring up the conversation more than once if your child denies the behavior or gets angry. Monitor your child's Internet use, as there are sites that promote eating disorders. Seek professional help if you think your child needs it. Read more

Related support groups: Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Bulimia, Anorexia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

ADHD Tied to Higher Risk of Eating Disorder in Kids and Teens

Posted 1 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 – Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an increased risk of a certain type of eating disorder, according to a new study. The eating disorder is called loss of control eating syndrome (LOC-ES). As the name implies, people with this disorder sometimes can't stop eating, even if they want to, according to the researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. Their study included 79 children between the ages of 8 and 14. The kids were assessed for ADHD and the eating disorder. Those with ADHD were 12 times more likely to have the eating disorder than those without ADHD, the study revealed. Among overweight and obese children, those with LOC-ES were seven times more likely to have ADHD than those without the eating disorder. Also, children who scored higher on tests of impulsivity were more likely to have the eating ... Read more

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Eating Disorders May Start in Elementary School

Posted 13 Oct 2014 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

Related support groups: Eating Disorder, Substance Abuse, Bulimia

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

Related support groups: Eating Disorder, Bulimia, Anorexia, Anorexia nervosa

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

Related support groups: Female Infertility, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa

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

Related support groups: Psychiatric Disorders, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa

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

Related support groups: Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa

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