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Health Tip: Identify Risk Factors for Anorexia

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

HealthDay News) – Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that's triggered by the misperception that a person is overweight. This causes the person to eat less, triggering dangerous weight loss. People tend to develop anorexia in their teens or young adulthood. It is more common among females. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identifies warning signs of anorexia: Being especially worried about your weight and shape. Having an anxiety disorder as a child. Having a negative self-image. Having an eating problem during early childhood. Trying to be perfect. Focusing obsessively on adhering to rules. Read more

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

How to Spot an Eating Disorder

Posted 20 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 – Eating disorders are common in the United States. But they're hard to identify and tough to fix. "Eating disorders are serious conditions that ... negatively impact your health, emotions and ability to function in important areas of life," said Dr. Asim Shah. Moreover, "more people die of an eating disorder than of any other psychiatric disorder," Shah added. He is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. It's estimated that 30 million Americans will have an eating disorder – such as anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating – at some point in their life. One of them could be a friend or loved one – someone who would benefit from your support and understanding, Shah said. Treatment usually takes time, and those struggling with one of these conditions shouldn't be judged or made to feel guilty, he added. "One of the ... Read more

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

Women Driven to Be Thinner When Husband Is Hot

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – Having a handsome husband often motivates plain Jane types to diet, a new study finds. But the same isn't true of wives who are good-looking themselves. And men displayed little motivation to diet regardless of their own or their wife's attractiveness, investigators found. "The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive," said study co-author Tania Reynolds, a doctoral student at Florida State University. Fearing she'll fall short of her partner's expectations could increase a less attractive woman's risk of developing eating disorders and other health problems, the study authors suggested. "The research suggests there might be social factors playing a role in women's disordered eating," Reynolds said in a university news release. The National ... Read more

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

That Store Mannequin May Be Anorexic

Posted 8 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 – In the static but stylish world of store mannequins, the female versions may be sending a message that eating disorders are OK, a new study suggests. A British team assessed mannequins' measurements at national fashion retailers in the United Kingdom. They found that the average female mannequin body size was that of a "extremely underweight human women," while the same was true of only a small percentage of male mannequins. "The body size of mannequins used to advertise female fashion is unrealistic and would be considered medically unhealthy in humans," the researchers concluded. While designing mannequins with less emaciated physiques won't solve the problem of eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, it could be a positive first step, the researchers said. "Because ultra-thin ideals encourage the development of body image problems in young people, we need to ... Read more

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

Study Links Celiac Disease, Anorexia

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 – Young women with celiac disease may face a heightened risk of being diagnosed with anorexia, a new study suggests. The Swedish researchers found the increased risk for these women was present both before and after their celiac diagnosis. Celiac disease is a digestive disorder where a person cannot tolerate gluten, a component of wheat, barley and rye. The reasons for the link are not completely clear and the study, published online April 3 in the journal Pediatrics, did not prove that celiac disease causes anorexia. However, some U.S. doctors said they weren't surprised by the findings. "I think a lot of us are aware there is a possibility of [celiac] patients developing an eating disorder," said Dr. Hilary Jericho, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago's School of Medicine. Jericho specializes in treating celiac disease. She ... Read more

Related support groups: Celiac Disease, Anorexia, Anorexia nervosa

Keep an Eye Out for Eating Disorders in Loved Ones

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Millions of Americans have eating disorders, but it can be difficult for family and friends to detect these problems in loved ones, a doctor warns. For example, many people with anorexia are skillful at hiding their weight loss by doing things such as wearing loose clothing to mask their size or being very involved in meal preparation, according to Dr. Martha Levine of Penn State Children's Hospital. But there are signs that loved ones can look for, said Levine, who is director of the partial hospitalization program, in the division of eating disorders and adolescent medicine. People with anorexia are often cold and may develop a fine layer of hair on their bodies in reaction to the loss of body fat. In females, menstruation tends to stop, she noted. In the case of those with bulimia, watch for the person visiting the bathroom right after meals. Dentists can ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Menstrual Disorders, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Amenorrhea, Anorexia, Bulimia, Weight Loss/Failure to Thrive, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Eating Disorders Rampant on the Runway

Posted 2 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – As the fashion industry gears up for New York Fashion Week next week, new research suggests that eating disorders are rampant on the runway. In a survey, more than half of the models questioned said they face constant pressure to be dangerously thin or change the shape of their body. "While acknowledgment of disordered eating within the fashion industry is not new, our research study shows the lengths that models are willing to take to achieve the industry's physical 'ideal,' and the extent to which models feel pressured by their agents and other industry professionals to compromise their health for their job," said study co-author Sara Ziff. She was a Harvard graduate student while doing the study. In the survey of 85 models, the researchers found just over 62 percent said that within the past year they were asked to lose weight or alter the shape of their ... Read more

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

Study Explores Electrical Brain Stimulation to Treat Bulimia

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Electrical stimulation of the brain may temporarily ease the symptoms of the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, a small study suggests. The study included two men and 37 women with bulimia who underwent 20-minute sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation to an area of the brain involved with reward processing and self-regulation. There was also one sham session where the electrode stimulation lasted only 30 seconds. Participants then reported their desire to binge eat, fear of weight gain, general mood and frequency of bulimic behaviors in the 24 hours following treatment, the researchers said. The patients reported a reduction in bulimia symptoms after brain stimulation. The findings were published online Jan. 25 in the journal PLOS One. "Although these are modest, early findings, there is a clear improvement in symptoms and decision-making abilities ... Read more

Related support groups: Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Diagnosis and Investigation, Anorexia/Feeding Problems, Head Imaging

Many Women With Eating Disorders Do Recover, Study Finds

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 – The media often portrays women with the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia as untreatable, and sadly, in about one-third of cases that may be true, new research suggests. But the same small study found that nearly two-thirds of these women did recover from these eating disorders – though in some cases it took more than a decade for them to get better. "The findings inspire me to remain hopeful in my work as a clinician with these patients," said study lead author Kamryn Eddy. She's co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. An estimated 20 million females and 10 million males in the United States will have an eating disorder. Death rates from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are estimated to be around 4 to 5 percent, the National Eating Disorders Association says. Anorexia is ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Health Tip: Risk Factors for Malnutrition

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Certain risk factors make you more prone than others to malnutrition, which doesn't necessarily come from lack of food. It's possible to be obese and not get enough nutrients (malnourishment) at the same time, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. According to the academy, here are common risk factors for malnutrition: Hospitalization. Advanced age, particularly if accompanied by dementia. Dental health problems. Loss of appetite. Serious head injury. Eating disorder. Serious infection. Organ failure. Read more

Related support groups: Weight Loss, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Binge Eating Disorder, Dementia, Toothache, Alzheimer's Disease, Head Injury, Eating Disorder, Gingivitis, Anorexia, Bulimia, Dental Abscess, Weight Loss/Failure to Thrive, Periodontitis, Anorexia nervosa, Prevention of Dental Caries, Lewy Body Dementia, Head Injury w/ Intracranial Hemorrhage and Loss of Consciousness, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

3 Health Issues That Can Threaten Young Female Athletes

Posted 18 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Doctors need to be on the lookout for a trio of harmful health conditions in young female athletes, a new report says. Known as the "female athlete triad," the conditions include eating problems, menstrual problems and weakened bones, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Experts now know that all three conditions need not be present together to cause long-term health issues, and that they are triggered by strenuous sports training and not eating enough to meet the body's demands. "Each one of the components really exists on a spectrum," explained report co-author Dr. Amanda Weiss Kelly, division chief of pediatric sports medicine at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. The report discusses what is known about the triad and how doctors can screen for it during routine office visits. Doctors can ask a number of questions involving eating ... Read more

Related support groups: Osteoporosis, Menstrual Disorders, Binge Eating Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome, Period Pain, Eating Disorder, Fracture, bone, Amenorrhea, Anorexia, Prevention of Osteoporosis, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems, Prevention of Fractures

Eating Disorders Seem More Common in Schools Where Girls Predominate

Posted 21 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Eating disorders may be more prevalent at schools where a greater portion of the student body is female, a new study suggests. British and Swedish researchers analyzed data from Sweden, and also found the risk increased when more of the students' parents had a university education. "Eating disorders have an enormous effect on the lives of young people who suffer from them – it is important to understand the risk factors so that we can address them," said study leader Dr. Helen Bould. Bould is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Oxford in England. "For a long time, clinicians in the field have noted that they seem to see more young people with eating disorders from some schools than others, but this is the first empirical evidence that this is the case," she said in a university news release. However, the study did not prove that these ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Psychiatric Disorders, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Underweight or Obese Women Who Drink and Smoke May Have Higher Asthma Risk

Posted 10 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 9, 2016 – Researchers say they have pinpointed several factors that increase asthma risk in women and – to a lesser extent – in men. They analyzed data from about 175,000 people between the ages of 18 and 44 in 51 countries. They found that underweight or obese women who drank and smoked were twice as likely to have asthma as those with a healthy weight who didn't drink or smoke. Underweight or obese women who smoked and drank were also two to three times more likely to have wheezing, according to the study published April 4 in the journal BMJ Open Respiratory Research. But the study did not prove that these factors cause asthma, it only showed an association. "Although individual physical and behavioral factors associated with asthma have been examined before, people are often exposed to multiple risk factors so it's important we understand the combined impact," lead ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol Dependence, Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Bulimia, Alcoholism, Hangover, Anorexia nervosa, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Brain Stimulation May Help People With Anorexia

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 – Brain stimulation may ease major symptoms of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, a typically hard-to-treat condition, a new study suggests. British researchers evaluated anorexia patients before and after they underwent repetitive transcranial stimulation (rTMS), a treatment approved for depression. "With rTMS we targeted ... an area of the brain thought to be involved in some of the self-regulation difficulties associated with anorexia," study first author Jessica McClelland, a postdoctoral researcher at King's College London, said in a school news release. The treatment delivers magnetic pulses to specific areas of the brain. It feels like a gentle tapping sensation on the side of the head, McClelland explained. The treatment alters the activity of the nerve cells in the brain, she said. "We found that one session of [brain stimulation] reduced the urge to ... Read more

Related support groups: Anorexia, Anorexia nervosa

Study Confirms Eating Disorders' Deadly Toll

Posted 29 Jan 2016 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, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

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