Scientists report finding gene mutations connected to eating disorders

Scientists have discovered two gene mutations that they believe are associated with an increased risk of eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia often run in families, but these eating disorders are complex, and it has proved difficult  to identify the paths. But, using two families with very high incidences of eating disorders, scientists say they found rare mutations, one in each family, that were associated with the people who had the disorders. The study suggests Read More

Teens who beat obesity at risk for eating disorders

Adolescents who were once overweight or obese are at high risk of developing an eating disorder, but receiving appropriate treatment is often delayed because of their weight history. Teens who were once overweight or obese are at a significant risk of developing an eating disorder as they lose weight, but identification and treatment of the condition is often delayed because of their weight history, researchers say. “For some reason we are just not thinking that Read More

Eating Disorders: ‘Out Of Body Experience’ Treatment Could Be Used To Treat Anorexia

The eating disorder anorexia nervosa is linked to one of the highest suicide and fatality rates, so news of a possible treatment is welcome news. Research has shown that heartbeats can be used to trigger a strange “out-of-body” experience that may be helpful in the treatment of the disorder. Volunteers were made to feel as if they inhabited an image of their own body two meters away from where they were actually standing. The trick Read More

Straight-Up Teen: Eating disorder

“You look fat!” “You are way too skinny!” “Why can’t you look like her?” “He is fit, why aren’t you?” These comments and many others just like them are so damaging to people, but especially teenagers who are still trying to find their place in this world. In finding their place in the world, teens, today, are going to extreme measures to acquire a certain look. Most do not realize that the look they are Read More

Professionals In Recovery: When Your Therapist Has An Eating Disorder Too

Ilene Fishman does not go out of her way to tell her patients about her past, but if they ask, she is honest with them: For 11 years the licensed clinical social worker, who specializes in treating eating disorders, was anorexic and bulimic herself. “I was very, very sick,” Fishman, who works in private practice in New York and New Jersey, told The Huffington Post. By the time she turned 12, her problem developed into Read More

Eating disorders plague teenage boys, too

Bryan Piperno was just 9 years old when he began keeping his secret. The Simi Valley youngster tossed out lunches or claimed he ate elsewhere. As he grew older, he started purging after eating. Even after his vomiting landed him in the emergency room during college, he lied to hide the truth. Piperno, now 25, slowly fended off his eating disorder with time and care, including a stay in a residential treatment facility. But surveys Read More

ADHD Drug Shows Promise for Binge Eating

A stimulant drug, lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse), nearly abolished eating binges in adult patients who had experienced such episodes four times a week, a researcher said here. In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, 11 weeks of treatment with the drug, which is currently approved for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cut the mean rate of days with binge eating to as little as 0.1 week, said Susan McElroy, MD, of Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason, Ohio. Patients Read More

Eating Disorder Orthorexia On The Rise

This is the time of year when many people are excited to get in shape and eat healthier. The problem is many people are going too far. A dangerous phenomenon called “Orthorexia” is becoming more prevalent. Personal trainer Bron Volney at Boston Sports Club is just as concerned with his clients’ diet as he is with their workout. “I monitor a lot of my clients’ weight, and if they are dropping really fast, and it Read More