Category: Research

New Developments in the Study of Anorexia

Man doing eating disorder research Contributor: Colleen O’Sullivan, RDN at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Researchers, medical doctors, and the mental health community know a great deal about the disease of anorexia and the study of anorexia. It is characterized by vast weight loss, fear of weight gain, and intense denial on the part of the individual with the illness. [...]
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The Connection Between Disabilities and Eating Disorders

Contributor: Montecatini Team at Montecatini Is there a relationship between having a disability and having an eating disorder? While there is little research into the co-occurrence of disability and eating disorders, that’s slowly changing. A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Mental Health in 2000 showed that women [...]
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Mothers and Daughters and Eating Disorders

Mother and daughter hugging and working on Eating Disorders in Mothers and Daughters and pursuing treatment for anorexia Contributor: Carolina House Team at Carolina House Mothers clearly have an impact on their daughters’ eating habits. They model eating behaviors and thoughts about health and dieting, establish relationship boundaries, and even have a genetic influence, as a mother’s genes can contribute to the possibility of their daughter being genetically predisposed to developing an eating [...]
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How Genetic Variation May Impact Antidepressant Efficacy in Eating Disorder Treatment

DNA Strand of Genetic Variation Impact on Eating Disorder Treatment Sponsored By: The Laureate Eating Disorders Program Understanding the role of dietary deficiencies and genetic factors on the efficacy of medication can be an effective tool when treatment planning with patients and families. Incorporating information about individualized genetics as part of a larger conversation about medication trials or compliance may be useful for some patients and [...]
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High Suicide Risk in the Eating Disorder Population

Girl struggling with perfection traits and has a High Suicide Risk who needs Early Intervention Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use The eating disorder population is exposed to a greater probability of suicide and attempted suicide. A recent study, conducted by the University of Bologna, Italy, executed a meta-analysis of previous studies in order to compare proportions of suicide attempts in eating disorder sub-groups. Contrary to common belief, eating [...]
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Genetics and Anorexia Nervosa – Anomalies on Chromosome 12

DNA Strand relating to Genetics and Anorexia Sponsored By: The Refuge – A Healing Place Eating disorders are biopsychosocial disorders, meaning, the behaviors are impacted by biology, psychology, and sociology. Social aspects of eating disorders are often discussed. However, the biological aspect is one with which people are less familiar. Even so, the genetic aspects of anorexia nervosa (AN) are essential to better understanding [...]
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Nutritional Status Affects Cortical Folding: Lessons Learned From Anorexia Nervosa

sketch of the human brain and Cortical Folding Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Cortical folding in the human brain is complex and variable among individuals. It may also reflect pathological functioning with certain abnormalities associated in some developmental and neuropsychiatric disorders, emerging as an early biomarker in imaging genetics studies. Anorexia nervosa, a severe eating disorder, is also linked to substantial [...]
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