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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 variation impact 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 [...]
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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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Religion and Eating Disorders: Statistics & Trends

Woman worshipping and enjoying her religion Religions around the world engage in fasting or restriction of foods as part of their practices. Some are daily, monthly, or around holidays. Some of the most known religions to use fasting practices are the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the Christian season of Lent, and the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur [1]. There [...]
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Lapband Surgery & Bariatric Surgery Statistics & Outcomes

Woman contemplating her eating disorder self Obesity is considered a chronic disease and treatment is typically consistent with long-term solutions to have effective weight loss. There are some statistics, however, that look at the long-term outcomes post surgery, and surgery statistics. Research One study looked at the long-term outcomes of lapband and bariatric surgery patients using a database to track progress, [...]
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Obesity & Bariatric Surgery: Complications of Unresolved EDs

Woman standing near water An individual who has bariatric surgery often struggles with emotional and mental issues after the procedure. For those who have unresolved eating disorders, the concerns can be even more profound. Complications such as cross addictions, physical difficulties, and emotional problems can and do arise. When an individual is a candidate for bariatric surgery, it is [...]
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Study Explores Link Between Motor System and Eating Disorders

Woman thinking about Family Therapy for ARFID Contributed by Kerri Gilfillan, PsyD – Clinical Lead Eating Disorders – Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center It’s widely understood that individuals with an eating disorder (ED) have a complicated and altered relationship with their bodies. Researchers have been exploring this relationship from visual, emotional, and physical perspectives over time and are learning more about this relationship [...]
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Eating Disorders or Food Phobias: Complexities and Overlaps

Woman in hat working the eating disorder recovery process Eating disorders and food phobias are different in nature and typically are different in treatment modalities. Both can involve having foods that are avoided and restrictive food intake. Eating Disorders Quickly Explained Eating Disorders are typically concerned with weight, body size, and shape coupled with a fear of gaining weight or becoming fat. Food phobias [...]
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Recent Findings About Food Avoidance and Restriction

Woman struggling with anorexia It is becoming increasingly popular to stop eating a particular type of food due to perceived food intolerance or allergies. Many people say that they have “cut back on” or “cut out” dairy, sugar, gluten, etc. The truth is, engaging in these behaviors without a professional diagnosis or recommendation may constitute Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder [...]
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Genetic Influence of Eating Disorders

Woman standing on river rocks Until recently eating disorders were believed to originate from influences of developmental, social, and biological factors. Now, in the world of mental health, researchers are beginning to understand that there is also a genetic influence on eating disorders. Studies We Do Know About Family studies are typically used to identify if a disorder is found [...]
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Bulimia, Brain Stimulation, and Hope

Woman struggling with eating disorders In early 2017 a preliminary study found that symptoms of an eating disorder were lessened due to electrical stimulation of the brain, most specifically, bulimia nervosa [1]. This study looked at 39 individuals who had bulimia and did 20-minutes sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation to a particular part of the brain. This area of [...]
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