Researchers have pinpointed the precise cellular connections responsible for triggering overeating.
Eating disorder behaviors are reinforced due to changes in the brain's reward response processes and alterations in the food intake control network.
A new study reports overweight and obese young adults are almost twice as likely than their peers of lower weight to binge, purge and embark on other behaviors associated with eating disorders. Researchers found Asian/Pacific islanders and sexual minorities were also at higher risk of developing eating disorders.
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.
According to a new study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, the brains of women with the eating disorder Bulimia Nervosa respond differently to images of sugary and high-fat foods following a stressful situation than those without the disorder. Brain scans reveal bulimic women have decreased blood flow to the precuneus, an area of the brain associated with self-criticism, when presented with images of food following a stressful math test. The findings provide support to current theories that binge eating may provide an alternative focus to negative self-reflections.
Study reveals how eating disorders in some women are inextricably linked to their culture and upbringing.
The root of eating disorders are not necessarily a result of weight management, but a way to help manage negative emotions, researchers report.
Researchers have identified two gene mutations associated with an increased risk of developing eating disorders.