Researchers have identified a psychological pathway that can lead to body dysmorphia, causing an increased risk of both eating and exercise disorders.
Researchers have revised outdated estimates of the prevalence of eating disorders in the US. The study estimates 0.80% of people will suffer from anorexia during their life time, while 0.28% will be affected by bulimia and 0.85% of people will suffer from binge eating disorders.
Using virtual reality, researchers shed light on how those with anorexia perceive their own bodies.The study also found women with anorexia consider severely underweight bodies to be ideal and most attractive.
Women who suffered from eating disorders are at increased risk of developing depression during pregnancy and up until 18 years after the birth of their child.
Children who are picky eaters are at an increased risk of developing anorexia during their teen years. Those who overeat as children are at higher risk of binge eating disorders. Persistent undereating during childhood increased the risk of developing anorexia in teen years by 6% for girls.
The largest delay discounting effects were found to be associated with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and schizophrenia. The image is in the public domain.
The findings of three new studies reveal only 50% of those with eating disorders seek help for their condition. Certain demographics are less likely to seek help. Those with eating disorders have a 5-6 times higher risk of suicide attempts.