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September 26, 2020

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Children With Autism Face Higher Risk of Eating Disorders, Study Finds

Children with autistic traits are more likely than their peers to develop an eating disorder, according to a new ...

Diet Pills, Laxatives Used for Weight Control Linked With Later Eating Disorder Diagnosis

Among young women without an eating disorder diagnosis, those who use diet pills and laxatives for weight control had higher odds of receiving a subsequent first eating disorder diagnosis within one ...

Anorexia Nervosa Comes in All Sizes, Including Plus Size

Adolescents and young adults with anorexia nervosa whose weight is in the healthy, overweight or obese ranges face similar cardiovascular and other health complications as their counterparts with low ...

Whether a Fashion Model or Not, Some Body Image Concerns Are Universal

When researchers wanted to test an app they created to measure body image perception, they went to the body image experts -- fashion ...

Important Questions on How Mental Illness Is Currently Diagnosed

This research raises questions as to whether current diagnoses accurately reflect the underlying neurobiology of mental illness. The findings, just published in the leading peer-reviewed medical ...

Unusual Eating Behaviors May Be a New Diagnostic Indicator for Autism

Atypical eating behaviors may be a sign a child should be screened for autism, according to researchers who found that atypical eating behaviors were present in 70 percent of children with autism, ...

Skinny Self-Image, Heavy Workouts in Adolescence Are Warning Signs, Study Shows

New research finds that adolescents who see themselves as puny and who exercise to gain weight may be at risk of so-called muscularity-oriented disordered eating ...

Prior Eating Disorders Linked to Long-Term Depression Risk for Mothers

A history of eating disorders and body image concerns before or during pregnancy are associated with future depressive symptoms among mothers, finds a new ...

Researchers Identify 20 Novel Gene Associations With Bipolar Disorder

In the largest study of its kind, involving more than 50,000 subjects in 14 countries, researchers at more than 200 collaborating institutions have identified 20 new genetic associations with one of ...

New Study Explains Why Drinking Alcohol Causes the Munchies

New research in mice suggests that a shared circuit in the brain could be one reason why heavy drinking and high-fat 'junk food' cravings go hand in ...

Go for a Run or Eat Chocolate: A Choice Dictated by the Cannabinoid Receptors

A study reveals that the cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptors play an essential role in the choice between running and eating chocolatey ...

Persistent Low Body Weight in Young Kids Increases Risk for Anorexia Nervosa Later, Study Finds

A new study has found that a persistent low body mass index (BMI) in children, starting as young as age 2 for boys and 4 for girls, may be a risk factor for the development of anorexia nervosa in ...

Memory of Last Meal Influences When, How Much Rats Eat Next

Researchers have identified cells in the brains of male rats that appear to control future food intake by preserving memories of past meals. The study lends support to the idea of boosting meal ...

Food Insecurity Linked With Binge-Eating Disorder and Obesity

Food insecurity -- difficulty affording enough food to support regular, balanced meals -- was associated with increased likelihoods of binge-eating disorder and obesity in a recent ...

Link Between Hunger and Mood Explained

The study used rats to examine the impact on emotional behavior of a sudden drop in blood sugar. When the rats were given a glucose blocker, researchers found they had higher levels of cortisol. They ...

Researchers Identify Brain Area Linked to Motivational Disruptions in Binge Eating

Scientists have discovered that a small group of brain cells in the hypothalamus called 'orexin' neurons could be a promising target for medications for controlling binge eating episodes in ...

Half of Those on Parkinson's Drugs May Develop Impulse Control Problems

Over time, half of the people taking certain drugs for Parkinson's disease may develop impulse control disorders such as compulsive gambling, shopping or eating, according to a new ...

Estrogen May Reduce Disordered Eating in Female Athletes With Irregular Periods

Giving one year of estrogen replacement to female athletes with exercise-induced menstrual irregularities improves drive for thinness, body dissatisfaction and uncontrolled eating, a new study ...

More Care Needed in Warnings About Fertility in Eating Disorder Treatment

Women in treatment for eating disorders need more nuanced information about reproductive health, and more thought needs to be given to how and why fertility information is delivered, according to new ...

Evening Hours May Pose Higher Risk for Overeating, Especially When Under Stress, Study Finds

Experiments with a small group of overweight men and women have added to evidence that 'hunger hormone' levels rise and 'satiety (or fullness) hormone' levels decrease in the ...

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