Eating Disorders News
Older Women and Eating Disorders: A Growing Problem
- 1 in 5 Kids at Risk for Eating Disorder: Study
February 22, 2023 — More than 1 in 5 children worldwide are at risk of developing an eating disorder such as bulimia, anorexia, or binge eating, a new analysis suggests.
- Opinion: Gymnast’s Death from Eating Disorder Still Resonates
June 1, 2022 — An eating disorder doesn’t have to be a death sentence, although every 23 hours someone does die from an eating disorder. The earlier that you start the recovery journey, the easier it is to heal.
- Kardashian's Figure Might Trigger Women at Risk of Eating Disorders
January 31, 2022 — New research warns the constant barrage of "perfect" bodies can undermine the self-esteem of young women.
- Teens Hospitalized With Eating Disorders Rose During Pandemic
July 13, 2021 — New research suggests more than twice as many young people were hospitalized with eating disorders in the first 12 months of the COVID-19 surge in the U.S.
- Stress Not Always a Trigger for Relapse in Eating Disorders
April 15, 2021 — Findings challenge a common theory that's never been directly tested in patients, according to the study authors.
- Lockdowns Put Some With Eating Disorders in Crisis
March 19, 2021 — At Eating Recovery Center, which offers treatment and services for people who have eating disorders, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs were switched to virtual when the pandemic began. But that didn't sit well with people who were working on their recovery.
- Social Media, Kids' Binge Eating Often Go Together
March 3, 2021 — New research suggests hours spent scrolling through social media and watching TV trigger binge eating in preteens.
- Eating Disorders Cost Billions in the U.S.
August 21, 2020 — The research team found that there were nearly 54,000 emergency department visits due to eating disorders in fiscal year 2018 to 2019, costing $29 million, and over 23,500 in-patient hospitalizations due to eating disorders, costing $209 million.
- Diet Pill, Laxative May Precede an Eating Disorder
November 21, 2019 — Among those who initially did not have an eating disorder, 1.8% of those who used diet pills in the past year said they received their first eating disorder diagnosis over the next one to three years, compared to 1% of those who did not use diet pills.
- Many Young Men Putting Health at Risk to Bulk Up
June 25, 2019 — The behaviors, called “disordered eating,” include eating to gain weight and using supplements or anabolic steroids to increase muscle or body size.
- Food Brings Double Dose of Pleasure to Your Brain
December 27, 2018 — It turns out that eating causes the release of dopamine in your brain not once, but twice, German scientists report.
- Many Women With Eating Disorders Do Recover: Study
January 20, 2017 — But it may take years or longer, researchers acknowledge
- Eating Disorders May Start in Elementary School
October 13, 2014 — They're often linked with other mental health issues, researchers say
- Eating Disorders and Autoimmune Diseases Linked
September 12, 2014 — Several autoimmune diseases have been linked to, and may even play a role in the development of, eating disorders, new research suggests.
- Normal-Weight Teens Can Have Eating Disorders
August 26, 2014 — Researchers saw a nearly 6-fold rise in patients who met all criteria of anorexia except being underweight
- Men With Eating Disorders Often Ignore Symptoms
April 8, 2014 — British study finds that too many males associate anorexia, bulimia as only a woman's issue
- Brain Stimulation Shows Promise for Eating Disorders
November 12, 2013 — Small study found almost half of those with anorexia, bulimia had symptom relief
- Eating Disorders in Women Over 50
June 20, 2012 — Eating disorders don’t just strike teens. A new survey shows that middle-aged women binge, purge, and engage in extreme exercise and dieting about as often as adolescents do.
- Eating Disorders Affect Fertility, Pregnancy
August 5, 2011 — Women with anorexia or bulimia or a history of eating disorders have more fertility problems, unplanned pregnancies, and negative feelings about having a child than women with no such history, a new study from the United Kingdom finds.
- Unhealthy Eating Habits Start Early
June 24, 2011 — Girls and boys who develop unhealthy eating or extreme dieting habits as adolescents are likely to carry those potentially dangerous weight control practices into adulthood.
- Study: Eating Disorders in Teens Are Common
March 7, 2011 — Eating disorders in teens are common, often occur with other psychiatric problems including suicidal thoughts, and don't just affect girls, according to a new study.
- Eating Disorders on the Rise in Children
November 28, 2010 — Doctors should be aware that eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia are increasing rapidly in children and adolescents and thus should be on the lookout for signs of problems in their young patients, a new report says.
- Eating Disorder Sites: Harmful Tips
December 4, 2006 — Teens with eating disorders are picking up dangerous tips from both pro-eating-disorder web sites and sites designed to help treat the problem -- but their parents are reluctant to deal with the issue.
- Hair May Help Reveal Eating Disorders
October 17, 2006 — Eating disorders such as anorexia may leave telltale signs in the hair.
- 'Accept' Body to Fight Eating Disorder
August 11, 2006 — Teaching women to accept and trust their bodies may be the key to treating eating disorders, Ohio State psychologists find.
- Eating Disorders May Run in Families
March 6, 2006 — The eating disorders anorexia and binge eating may run in families, according to two new studies.
- More Men Developing Eating Disorders
October 24, 2005 — More and more men are feeling the pressure to be thin and look good, according to a presentation at the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference in St. Louis.
- Brain Chemical May Be Key in Eating Disorders
September 6, 2005 — There is increasing evidence that chemical abnormalities within the brain make some women more vulnerable to eating disorders and anxiety disorders.
- Eating Disorder Web Sites May Sway Teens
May 16, 2005 — Many teens with eating disorders visit web sites promoting eating disorders, and they often adopt dangerous diet practices as a result, a new study shows.
- Eating Disorder Underlies Schiavo Tragedy
March 25, 2005 — Court documents state - and medical records suggest - that the then-26-year-old Terri Schiavo suffered from bulimia, an eating disorder. How can we recognize bulimia in our own loved ones?
- Family Meals Help Prevent Eating Disorders
November 12, 2004 — Researchers say restoring regular family meals could help teenage girls avoid dangerous eating disorders.
- Reports: Olsen Twin Fights Eating Disorder
June 23, 2004 — Mary-Kate Olsen -- who with her twin, Ashley, is one of the world's two most-celebrated and successful teens -- reportedly is being treated for an eating disorder. She is not alone.
- Perfectionism Linked to Eating Disorders
February 5, 2003 — Perfectionist people who have difficulty dealing with personal mistakes may be more likely to develop a serious eating disorder such as anorexia and bulimia, according to a new study.
- Eating Disorders Still Poorly Understood
January 30, 2003 — Eating disorder treatments -- and even the diagnosis -- are inadequate and poorly understood, two experts say.
- Eating Disorders Linked to Immune System
December 11, 2002 — Some women who struggle with eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia nervosa may have immune systems that have been thrown out of whack.
- Some Sports Spur Eating Disorders
July 31, 2002 — Weight-Conscious Sports May Put Girls at Risk for Unhealthy Habits
- Thin Not 'In' for Everyone
May 3, 2002 — Minority Women Less Obsessed With Size, Less Prone to Bulimia
- Stifled Emotions Tied to Eating Disorders
January 14, 2002 — Abusive Families at Heart of Problem
- Internet a Refuge for Those With Eating Disorders
August 2, 2001 — Experts Call Pro-Anorexia Web Sites a Dangerous Trend
- When Babies Watch What They Eat
August 2, 2001 — Excessive Dieting Begins Over Baby Fat Fears
- Moms: Are You Nursing an Eating Disorder?
May 7, 2001 — Avid Eater, Anxious Mother a Risky Combo for Eating Disorders
- Reading, Writing, and Eating Disorders?
April 10, 2001 — More than 90% of high school students with signs of an eating disorder are not receiving any treatment.
- Eating Disorders Not Just a Girl Problem
April 4, 2001 — Although fewer men than women suffer from eating disorders, a new study indicates that the number of men with anorexia or bulimia is much higher than previously believed.
- Treating Eating Disorder Patients Against Their Will -- Does it Work?
November 22, 2000 — People with eating disorders often refuse treatment for many reasons including fear of weight gain and the stigma of being hospitalized. But if eating disorders go untreated, they can have serious medical consequences -- death being one of them.
- Orthorexia: Good Diets Gone Bad
November 17, 2000 — Her parents are health food nuts, says the 32-year-old North Carolina woman, who asks that her name not be used. 'I can't remember a time when they weren't. It just got worse over the years ... much worse since they retired.'
- Childhood Teasing May Lead to Eating Disorders
October 19, 2000 — Maybe it was just meant in jest, but those negative comments from your best friend or your dad probably still makes you wince.
- Eating Disorders Can Be a Family Trait
March 3, 2000 — Nature appears to have the edge over nurture when it comes to the eating disorders anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, say authors of two studies published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.
- Study Shows Eating Disorders Are Colorblind
January 25, 2000 — Contrary to popular belief, black American women are just as likely or even more likely to have serious eating problems than white women, according to a report in the January issue of the journal Archives of Family Medicine.