Height Concerns in Anorexia Nervosa

Tween struggling with eating disorder treatment A recent study conducted on more than 250 adolescent females reveals stunted growth may be one of the long-term side effects of anorexia nervosa (AN) [1]. Published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the study also sheds light on how height concerns may point to more severe health complications for individuals [...]
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The Role of Metabolism & Genetics in Anorexia Nervosa

Young Woman Standing Outside Her Eating Disorder Recovery Center For years, doctors and therapists blamed the development of anorexia nervosa on environmental factors like overbearing parents or controlling mothers. Thanks to numerous studies on the genetics behind eating disorders, it is now evident that parents do not cause their children to develop eating disorders (at least not in the way everyone thought). Instead, eating [...]
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The Impact of Elton John’s Courageous Battle with Eating Disorders

Elton John is a music legend and icon known for so much, including, but not at all limited to, his talent, timelessness, advocacy, and charity work. While he has undoubtedly had many impactful life experiences and encounters in his illustrious career and lifetime, Elton John reports that three simple words changed his life – “I [...]
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Developing Awareness of the Unique Nutritional Needs of Adolescents Dealing with Restrictive Eating

Young girl alone in park, face close up. There are a great deal of unique factors involved in the treatment of adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and other restrictive eating disorders. Individuals that struggle with these disorders restrict their nutrients by severely limiting the food and fluids they take in. For adolescents, this can cause great harm, as they are experiencing formative mental and [...]
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Urgently Needed Innovation in Treatment of Eating Disorders – Part III

Girl in India Eating disorders are complex conditions because they are medical and mental health issues. Their complexity makes them more complicated to treat. Finding effective treatment methods for these complex conditions is extra complicated because researchers are not entirely sure what causes disordered eating [1]. It is hard to create effective treatment methods when professionals are not [...]
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Bulimia Struggles During a Pandemic

Woman thinking about anorexia treatment The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated ED behaviors and triggered relapses for many people with eating disorders like bulimia. A recent study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found that during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals with bulimia reported more binge eating urges and episodes [1]. Participants in the study also [...]
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Continuing Care for Anorexia from Childhood to Adulthood

Overweight Woman Sitting Near Window - 3363609_1920 Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by a fear of gaining weight [1]. This fear leads to disordered behaviors to lose weight, such as severe food restriction or obsessive exercise. These behaviors result in individuals becoming significantly underweight. Anorexia is a severe, potentially deadly mental illness due to potential medical complications that result from [...]
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Urgently Needed Innovation in Treatment of Eating Disorders – Part II

Woman in hat struggling with an Eating Disorder Despite the increasing number of people diagnosed with eating disorders, eating disorders remain widely misunderstood amongst researchers, treatment professionals, and society [1]. One of the largest questions that remains unanswered relates to the cause of eating disorder. While it is unknown what exactly causes eating disorders, there are hypotheses. Research shows that the cause of [...]
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Anorexia and its Impact Over a Lifetime

Middle-aged woman stressing over her eating disorder While numerous studies have looked at anorexia nervosa (causes, the effectiveness of treatments, the prevalence in certain populations, etc.), very few, if any, have examined the lifetime impact of anorexia nervosa (AN). A recent study published by Cambridge University Press sought to change that by following a group of individuals with adolescent-onset anorexia nervosa over [...]
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