Because serious medical complications so frequently accompany eating disorders, they defy classification solely as mental illnesses. They should be viewed as complex health-care issues requiring urgent and multidisciplinary care.
More than 16 million U.S. adults report having a major episode of depression within the last year, according to figures from the National Institutes of Health. While a number of factors are at play when considering who’s at risk, a new field of study called nutritional psychiatry looks at how diet can impact mental health. Read more
Family doctors are failing patients with eating disorders by not spotting symptoms and not making referrals to specialist services. Eating disorder charity B-eat, which quizzed 1,420 patients, blames a lack of training on the issue at medical school.
Good nutrition has long been viewed as a cornerstone of physical health, but research is increasingly showing diet’s effect on mental health, as well.
Since he left One Direction, Zayn has been public with his battle with anxiety. But the singer also says he was struggling with even more behind-the-scenes, a possible eating disorder.
I don’t like to talk specifics about my health history when I blog. I don’t even like to write out the phrase “eating disorder.”
Mental health nurse who survived on just 500 calories a day died weighing five stone after ‘using her expert knowledge of anorexia to mask her own eating disorder’
A mental health nurse who specialised in eating disorders used her medical knowledge to survive on just 500 calories a day and conceal the anorexia that killed her, an inquest has heard.
You are sick. You are suffering from a disease that has to do with genetics and brain chemistry and environmental factors and probably something much deeper than what our human minds can comprehend. Try to bring curiosity, rather than blame, into this moment.
Higher proportions of female students, university-educated parents linked to more eating disorders.
Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disease, and as such, there is an urgent need to find therapeutic targets for this eating disorder. Now, researchers describe their new mouse model that shows how a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors can trigger the disease.
Core symptoms of anorexia nervosa, including the urge to restrict food intake and feeling fat, are reduced after just one session of a noninvasive brain stimulation technique, according new research.
Lady Bakewell said that anorexia in young girls “arises presumably because they are preoccupied with being beautiful and healthy and thin. No one has anorexia in societies where there is not enough food.”
The marketing efforts by these for-profit residential care centers are aimed at patients with eating disorders and the clinicians who treat them. The programs have proliferated in recent years, with some companies expanding across the country.
School-based nutrition and BMI screenings are meant to improve the health of students, but emerging evidence shows that, not only aren’t they helping, they also appear to be triggering deadly eating disorders in children.
Health insurance plans in Iowa would be required to cover the diagnostic assessment and treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia under a bill approved Tuesday by the Iowa Senate.
As health care professionals begin to understand compulsive eating better, they’ve started to look at some cases of obesity a little differently, said Dr. Shailesh Jain, a psychiatrist with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Midland. Jain treats many patients with eating disorders.
A University of Manitoba student is looking for participants for a photo project aimed at showing the barriers immigrants and refugees face to accessing mental health services in Manitoba.
This week is National Eating Disorder Week, and it’s a good time to remember the staggering statistics. Almost 30 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder — and eating disorders have higher mortality rates than any other mental illness.
On the one hand I exercise to help myself, to boost my serotonin and give myself a temporary feeling of value and capability. But on the other hand it’s become a benefactor to my eating disorder, another instrument for the illness to destroy me.
There’s nothing glamorous or fun about anorexia nervosa; it’s a mental illness, not a lifestyle choice. In fact, anorexia is the deadliest psychiatric disorder and the cause of significant emotional distress and health impairment. In a given year, females with anorexia are up to 12 times more likely to die than healthy females of the Read more
How much you eat when you’re not really hungry may depend on how well off your family was when you were a child, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
It turns out that I’m not alone in this reaction to stress – and marital divorce. According to some research, divorce is the second most stressful life event one can experience (second only to death of a spouse1). Both men and women tend to gain weight once they get married, but divorce typically results in Read more
Middle-aged women may be at risk of developing eating disorders (EDs) around the time of menopause, warn US investigators, who call for further research into the causes and treatment of EDs in this population.