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Risk of Eating Disorders Especially High in Middle-Aged Women, New Study Finds

Researchers find body dissatisfaction can lead to eating disorders at any age, but especially in women during perimenopause and early post-menopause.

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Teenagers with epilepsy are more likely to have an eating disorder than those not suffering from the brain disease, a new study shows.

About 8.4% of children ages 10 to 19 treated at a Boston epilepsy clinic had eating disorders, three times the national average of 2.7% of teens with an eating disorder, researchers found.

“Adolescents with epilepsy may feel a loss of control becau...

Stigma can take a toll on lesbian, gay and bisexual teens, leading to high rates of binge-eating disorders, researchers say.

Compared to their non-LGBTQ peers, lesbian, gay and bisexual teens are more than twice as likely to report binge eating, according to a new study.

Bullying, discrimination and stigma because of sexual orientation can be stressors that lead to poor self-esteem...

Float therapy, where a patient is suspended in a pool of warm, salty water in a soundproof room, could help ease some aspects of anorexia nervosa, a small new study found.

“The idea is that women with anorexia have dysfunctional interoceptive abilities [sensing internal signals from your body], so they're not able to attend to and perceive their bodily experiences in the same way that ...

One dose of the hallucinogenic ingredient in "magic mushrooms" may help some people with anorexia move past their preoccupation with body image, an early study suggests.

The study, of just 10 women with anorexia, tested the effects of a single dose of psilocybin plus psychological counseling sessions.

Researchers found that the treatment appeared safe, with patients rating the exper...

Does it sometimes feel like your young picky eater is turning every meal and snack into an epic power battle — and you're just not sure how to get them the nutrition they need?

If so, you're not alone.

According to an article published recently in the journal

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  • Curated images of perfect bodies -- often highly filtered and unrealistic -- are common on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

    And a broad new review of 50 recent studies across 17 countries finds that relentless online exposure to largely unat...

    Eating disorders are on the rise, affecting about 30 million people worldwide, and they can be deadly.

    The causes are “like pieces of a puzzle,” according to Amy Ethridge, an occupational therapist and clinical psychiatric specialist in the Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders Program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey.

    “It is usually a response to s...

    All those images of beautiful-looking people on social media can deflate a young person's self-image, but there may be an easy fix: limiting time spent on TikTok, Instagram and the like.

    A new Canadian study finds that teens and young adults who already had symptoms of anxiety or depression and who cut their social media usage by about 50% experienced a significant improvement in how they...

    Genes may have a strong influence over whether kids develop an eating disorder marked by extremely limited food choices, a new study finds.

    The study focused on a condition called avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). It's a relatively new diagnosis that describes people who seve...

    It may be that as many as 13% of older adults are addicted to highly processed comfort foods, a new survey finds.

    Craving cookies, chips, packaged snacks and soda was seen in adults aged 50 to 80, according to new data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

    Women had higher numbers of addiction to thes...

    Most people think of eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia as afflictions of teenagers, but a new study finds that older women are also vulnerable to developing them, especially around menopause.

    The main driver of eating disorders in older women? Body dissatisfaction, the researchers found.

    When researchers looked at eating disorder symptoms among 36 women aged 45 to 61...

    When it comes to weight loss, what seems to matter most is how often and how much you eat, rather than when you eat.

    That's the conclusion of a new study that focused on the eating habits of about 550 adults.

    For six months, all were asked to use a phone app to report both the timing and size of all their meals.

    “What we found is that, on average, the more meals people ate...

    The brains of girls and boys who have binge eating disorder show key differences, according to a new study.

    That's an important finding, researchers say, because both genders struggle with eating disorders, yet treatments are mainly targeted at girls.

    "Males have been excluded from rese...

    For a young child with life-threatening food allergies "the world looks like a minefield," a New Jersey mother says.

    It's a stress-filled landscape that financial adviser Amy Leis knows all too well. Her daughter Zoe was just a few months old when she suffered her first serious reaction to food, a potentially deadly event known as

    When it comes to food, kids with Down syndrome have definite likes and dislikes -- and a food's texture is crucial.

    Food with a crispy, oily mouthfeel generally get a big thumbs-up, while brittle or gooey foods get a thumbs-down.

    But picky food choices can result in a less healthful diet, so researchers wanted to better understand how

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  • Electrically stimulating the brain's "reward" circuity may hold promise as a treatment for binge eating disorder, a small pilot study suggests.

    The findings are based on just two patients who received deep brain stimulation (DBS) -- a technique used for ...

    More young children may struggle with eating disorders than previously thought, a new study reveals.

    Data on nearly 12,000 U.S. children between the ages of 9 and 10 that was collected as part of a federally funded study found that 5% had engaged in

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  • People with anorexia nervosa show significant shrinkage in three important areas of the brain, new research reveals.

    The researchers said their study findings highlight the importance of early treatment, to prevent long-term structural brain changes in people with...

    Children who binge eat may be hardwired to do so: New research reveals they have abnormalities in regions of the brain associated with reward and inhibition.

    People with binge eating disorder have frequent episodes of eating large amounts of food and struggle to control the behavior. Those w...

    People tend to have a specific image when they think of eating disorders -- a disturbingly skinny white girl with reed-thin arms, her ribs and shoulder blades prominent.

    You don't think of a ripped, beefy muscle man chugging a protein shake and fretting about carbs between weightlifting sessions. But maybe you should.

    Men and some minority groups have been drastically underrepresent...

    The images are never-ending: Celebrities like Kim Kardashian posting one sultry shot after another on social media. But new research warns this constant barrage of "perfect" bodies can undermine the self-esteem of young women.

    They're apt to feel their own figures come up short by comparison --- whether th...

    MONDAY, Jan. 24, 2022 (HealthDay Now) -- Alaina Stanisci has grappled with an eating disorder since she was 10, and the disruptions of the pandemic only made things worse for the high school senior.

    "I actually experienced a relapse at the beginning of the pandemic because of this lack of structure," Stanisci, 18, of Mountain Lakes, N.J., said during a HealthDay Now interview. "D...

    Parents struggling with infant feeding issues may have another reason to persevere: New research ties feeding problems with an increased risk of developmental delays.

    For the study, the mothers of nearly 3,600 children were surveyed about feeding problems at 18, 24 and 30 months of age, such as gagging, crying during meals or pushing food away. The children were also screened for developm...

    A new study confirms yet another consequence of the pandemic for children and teenagers: Eating disorders, and hospitalizations for them, rose sharply in 2020.

    The study of six hospitals across Canada found new diagnoses of anorexia nearly doubled during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. And the rate of hospitalization among those patients was almost threefold higher, versus pre-pa...

    The number of people who were hospitalized for eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia doubled in May 2020, about two months after the COVID-19 pandemic was officially declared a national emergency.

    The new study didn't look at why there was such a surge in eating disorders during that time, but it tracks for many reasons, said study author Kelly Allison. She is the director of the ...

    As many parents know, children can be notoriously picky eaters. In some cases, their chronically fearful approach towards food amounts to what is considered a serious psychiatric condition.

    But a new survey of adults who were, and continue to be, finicky eaters suggests that rather than forcing a child to eat foods they don't like, parents will probably make more headway by embracing a no...

    Parents frazzled by their little ones' finicky food choices often sigh in exasperation, thinking: "They'll grow out of it by college."

    Maybe not, suggests a new study from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Some young people continue their picky eating into early adulthood, often restricting their diets to 10 foods or even fewer.

    Such a limited diet can mean they're not getting...

    If your children are picky eaters, bribing or pressuring them will probably backfire.

    But there are other steps you can take to help them get over their fussiness, researchers report.

    Australian scientists reviewed 80 studies to find out more about fussy eaters.

    They found that pressuring a child to eat, offering rewards for eating and stricter parenting methods didn't help. B...

    College students who vape appear to be at higher risk of having an eating disorder, a new study suggests.

    "The study's findings are especially relevant as we have seen a surge in referrals for eating disorders and substance use disorders during the pandemic," said study author Dr. Jason Nagata. He is an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of California, S...

    Young Americans from low-income homes are more likely than those whose families are better off to be unhappy with the way they look and to have an eating disorder, a new study finds.

    University of Minnesota researchers examined 2010-18 data from Project EAT, a long-running study tracking the general health and well-being of teens as they move into adulthood.

    "Our study found that h...

    The pandemic may have triggered yet another burgeoning health problem: New research suggests that more than twice as many young people as is normal were hospitalized with eating disorders in the first 12 months of the COVID-19 surge in the United States.

    There were 125 eating order-related hospitalizations of patients ages 10 to 23 at the University of Michigan's health system in the firs...

    Could your children's eating habits be a reflection of their personalities?

    A new study finds a link between the two, but researchers say it's not clear exactly how they influence each other.

    They found that slow eaters are less likely to be extroverted and impulsive, and that youngsters who are highly responsive to external food cues -- the urge to eat when food is seen, smell...

    Behaviors associated with eating disorders can make real changes to the brain, new research shows. The findings could help explain why these serious disorders are often chronic -- and may also point the way to new treatments.

    Eating disorders -- such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge-eating disorder -- can result in severe complications, including death. Related behaviors include bi...

    What can make a young person vulnerable to eating disorders? Teasing them about any extra pounds they may carry, researchers say.

    "Our findings add to the growing evidence that weight-based mistreatment is not helpful and is often harmful to the health of young people," said study leader Laura Hooper, a PhD student at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, in Minneapolis.<...

    Teenage girls who use over-the-counter diet pills and laxatives to lose weight run a very high risk of developing eating disorders, researchers say.

    In a new U.S. study, girls who used diet pills had a 258% greater risk of being diagnosed with an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia within five years. If they used laxatives, the risk was 177% greater, compared with those who didn't us...

    Could there be a way to tell years in advance which girls are more likely to develop eating disorders?

    New research from Denmark suggests that childhood body mass index (BMI) may offer important clues. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.

    The new research linked lower BMI as early as age 7 with a higher risk of anorexia, an eating disorder in which people sever...

    While it's well established that autism and certain eating issues go hand in hand, does gender also play a role?

    Apparently it does, according to Swedish researchers who set out to better understand whether being male or female influenced eating issues in people who have autism.

    The study found that autistic traits predicted eating problems, but the link was more pronounced partic...

    Americans' eating habits have changed for the worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, including an increase in eating disorders, researchers say.

    For their study, the University of Minnesota team analyzed information gathered between April and May of 2020 from participants in a study called Project EAT.

    The analysis found a link between the pandemic and several unhealthy eating habits. ...

    Stress does not trigger binge eating in people with eating disorders, new research suggests.

    The findings challenge a common theory that's never been directly tested in patients, according to the study authors.

    Their research included 85 women (22 with anorexia, 33 with bulimia and a control group of 30 without an eating disorder). The study participants were assessed for two days t...

    Are you the type to linger over a meal, or do you tend to eat quickly without giving it much thought?

    New research confirms that you're better off going the slow route, because fast eaters tend to consume more and be more vulnerable to gaining weight and becoming obese. And it uncovers a new wrinkle: If you grew up with siblings, where you probably had to compete for whatever was on the t...

    Kids and teens are already struggling to learn outside the classroom during the pandemic, but lockdowns and quarantines are also making it hard for them to control their weight, child health experts say.

    Lost routines, economic insecurity and grief are making things more challenging for children who struggle with their weight, whether it's with obesity or anorexia, according to doctors at...

    At Eating Recovery Center, which offers treatment and services for people who have eating disorders, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs were switched to virtual when the pandemic began.

    But that didn't sit well with people who were working on their recovery.

    "Our patients said, 'You can't do this. This is not enough support for us,'" said Ellen Astrachan-Fletc...

    Could endless hours spent scrolling through social media and watching TV trigger binge eating in preteens?

    Apparently so, new research suggests.

    "Children may be more prone to overeating while distracted in front of screens. They may also be exposed to more food advertisements on television," said study author Dr. Jason Nagata. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Unive...

    When your child enters college, the last thing you may be worried about is an eating disorder, but one expert says there are warning signs that parents shouldn't miss.

    "Parents and family members are often the first to identify when their loved one is struggling with an eating disorder," said Sydney Brodeur-Johnson, from the Veritas Collective, a health care system focused on eating disor...

    A study that examined how people walked through doorways provides new insight into anorexia's effect on a person's body image.

    It's long been known that people with anorexia overestimate their body size, but this study examined unconscious body awareness -- formally called "body schema." It's the innate ability a person has to orient themselves in a room and stop from bumping into objects...

    Gut microbes may play a significant role in the eating disorder anorexia, a new British study says.

    Researchers from the University of Oxford reviewed available evidence suggesting that in people with anorexia gut microbes could affect affect appetite, weight, and mental health conditions such as anxiety and compulsive behavior.

    The findings appear online Jan. 12 in the journal ...

    Hope may help prevent you from doing things that aren't good for you, a new study claims.

    The investigators wanted to find out why some people are more likely to fall into risky behaviors, such as gambling, drinking too much, taking drugs and overeating.

    To do this, the team at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom focused on something called relative deprivation, whic...

    When the coronavirus pandemic started, many people began baking banana bread and sourdough loaves at home. Stress eating is nothing new, and 2020 was a year filled with angst for a lot of people.

    But researchers at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, wondered, "Are college-aged people overeating, too?" According to their new study, the answer is "yes."

    ...

    That "quarantine 15" weight gain may be all in your head, not on your hips.

    A team from Florida State University (FSU) compared information on actual and perceived weight changes among a sample of college students from January to April 2020. Participants were far more likely to believe they had gained weight -- even when they hadn't.

    "We found that one in 50 participants had a chang...

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