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Empathy May Reside in Your DNA

Posted 7 days ago by

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Your ability to "feel" the emotions of others lies partly in your genes, new research suggests. The British study, of nearly 47,000 adults, found that genes seemed to explain 10 percent of the variance in empathy from one person to another. And some of those genes are also associated with the risks of autism, schizophrenia and anorexia. "We've known for a few decades ...

If Your Mom Was Big on Dieting, Your Kids May Pay the Price

Posted 14 days ago by

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – If your parents pushed you to diet as a teen, chances are you will do the same to your own children. New research suggests that when parents focus on a teen's diet, it creates an unhealthy cycle that can harm generations to come. "Adolescents who received encouragement to diet from their parents were more likely to do it with their own children," said study author Jerica ...

Resolve to Abandon Body Negativity

Posted 2 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 1, 2018 – If resolutions are on your New Year's to-do list, consider adopting a more positive opinion about your body, an expert suggests. "Consider what is really going to make you happier and healthier in 2018: losing 10 pounds or losing harmful attitudes about your body," said Pamela Keel, a professor and body image researcher at Florida State University. Body dissatisfaction is ...

Health Tip: Identify Risk Factors for Anorexia

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by

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 ...

How to Spot an Eating Disorder

Posted 20 Nov 2017 by

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 ...

Parents Say Schools Don't Help Kids With Mental Health, Chronic Disease

Posted 18 Sep 2017 by

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Many parents don't believe schools are prepared to help students with mental health problems and serious physical health issues, a new survey finds. While 77 percent of parents were certain that schools would be able to provide first aid for minor issues such as cuts, they were less confident that schools could respond to more challenging health situations. For example, ...

Women Driven to Be Thinner When Husband Is Hot

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by

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 ...

That Store Mannequin May Be Anorexic

Posted 8 May 2017 by

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 ...

Study Links Celiac Disease, Anorexia

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by

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 ...

Keep an Eye Out for Eating Disorders in Loved Ones

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by

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 ...

Eating Disorders Rampant on the Runway

Posted 2 Feb 2017 by

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 ...

Study Explores Electrical Brain Stimulation to Treat Bulimia

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by

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 ...

Many Women With Eating Disorders Do Recover, Study Finds

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by

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 ...

Health Tip: Health Tip: Risk Factors for Malnutrition

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by

-- 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 ...

3 Health Issues That Can Threaten Young Female Athletes

Posted 18 Jul 2016 by

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 ...

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