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  • Sep 2019

    How to induce vomiting: What to know

    Although people sometimes wish to induce vomiting to treat poisoning, to relieve nausea, or due to an eating disorder, there are no safe ways to do this at home. Learn more about the risks of inducing vomiting here.

  • Sep 2019

    What different eating disorders are there?

    Eating disorders are conditions that involve disordered eating. Learn more about the different types of eating disorder and their associated symptoms and complications here.

  • Jul 2019

    Metabolic factors likely contribute to anorexia

    A genetic study suggests that anorexia nervosa has metabolic as well as psychiatric components and opens the door to new treatments for the illness.

  • Jul 2019

    Concerta vs. Vyvanse for ADHD

    Concerta and Vyvanse are two stimulant medications that can help treat ADHD. In this article, learn about how they work, as well as their possible side effects.

  • Jun 2019

    What is the link between Vyvanse and hypersexuality?

    Vyvanse is a brand of amphetamine that doctors may prescribe for ADHD or binge eating disorder (BED). Some research links amphetamine use to hypersexuality, and both ADHD and BED may also affect sexual function. Learn more about the symptoms of hypersexuality and the effects of the drug here.

  • May 2019

    How to get back on track after binge eating

    Many people overeat occasionally, but there are a number of different ways to get back on track. In this article, learn about what to do after binge eating to return to a healthful routine.

  • Dec 2018

    What causes a loss of appetite?

    Loss of appetite can have many causes, including short-term infections, psychological or mental health conditions, cancers, and certain medications. In this article, we look at the causes and symptoms of appetite loss, along with treatments and home remedies.

  • Oct 2018

    Is compulsive eating before a period normal?

    In the days before a period, it is common to eat compulsively. Some tips and strategies can help prevent these cravings. Learn more here.

  • Aug 2018

    What are the effects of bulimia on the body?

    Bulimia is an eating disorder that involves bingeing and purging. It can affect a person’s physical, mental, and emotional health. The side effects, which include tooth decay, digestive issues, and arrhythmia, may become severe without treatment. Here, learn about the signs of bulimia and its effects on the body.

  • Jun 2018

    Brain study reveals why some people fail to stick to their diet

    A new study finds that greater gray matter volume in two regions of the brain is linked to greater ability to exercise self-control in food choices.

  • Jun 2018

    What are the signs of not eating enough?

    Undereating can negatively impact health and wellbeing. Aside from losing weight, signs that someone might not be eating enough can include feeling tired, getting ill more often, hair loss, and skin problems. Here, we cover the risks and reasons for undereating, as well as nine signs and symptoms to look out for.

  • Jun 2018

    What is refeeding?

    Refeeding is reintroducing food after a period of malnourishment or starvation. If electrolytes become imbalanced as digestion resumes, a person can develop refeeding syndrome. Symptoms include fatigue and weakness, and treatment involves careful monitoring and intravenous electrolyte replacement. Learn more here.

  • Apr 2018

    Coping with a Vyvanse crash

    When Vyvanse starts to wear off, or when a person stops taking the medication suddenly, they may experience a Vyvanse crash. This ADHD medication can cause severe withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue or depression. In this article we look at methods a person can use to help cope with the symptoms of a Vyvanse crash.

  • Jan 2018

    The 10 best blogs for eating disorders

    If you or a loved one live with an eating disorder, helpful advice and support from those in a similar situation can be gained from eating disorder blogs.

  • Jan 2018

    Why we're more likely to overeat in the evening

    Stress and changes in levels of 'hunger hormones' may help to explain why we're more likely to overeat in the evening than earlier in the day.

  • Jan 2018

    Why your body size perception could be wrong

    Are you as thin or large as you think you are? Probably not. Researchers suggest that we judge our body size based on previous experiences.

  • Jan 2018

    What to eat for hypoglycemia

    Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar that can cause headaches, weakness, and anxiety. What foods should a person with hypoglycemia eat to reduce symptoms?

  • Dec 2017

    What is lanugo and what causes this hair to grow?

    Lanugo is a type of hair that grows on fetuses in the womb, and some adults with eating disorders develop it also. Also it may seem unusually to develop these hairs, they do not pose a serious threat to health and generally resolve by themselves. MNT examines the causes and possible functions of lanugo.

  • Oct 2017

    Food addiction: What to know

    Food addiction is a situation in which a person becomes dependent on certain types of foods. It is linked to dopamine production, and it often happens in response to an emotional issue. Learn more about the causes, the types of food involved, the emotions triggered by consumption, and when to see a doctor.

  • Aug 2017

    These neurons may 'tell us' to keep eating, even when we are full

    New research in mice identifies a class of neurons in the brain's 'emotional hub' that encourages the mice to keep eating even when they are full.

  • Jul 2017

    Brains of bulimic people may react differently to food cues

    New brain scan study shows that brains of women with bulimia process food cues differently, possibly explaining why acute stress causes them to binge eat.

  • Jun 2017

    Study provides further support for genetic factors underlying addictions

    Impairment of a particular gene raises increases susceptibility to opioid addiction liability as well as vulnerability to binge eating according to a new study.

  • May 2017

    First genetic location found for anorexia nervosa

    In what is perhaps the most significant genomic study of anorexia nervosa to date, researchers find the first genetic locus for the disorder.

  • Apr 2017

    Religiosity does not increase the risk of anorexia nervosa

    Religiosity has been associated with various forms of fasting and self-starvation for thousands of years. Many believe that extreme religiosity can be a risk factor of anorexia nervosa.

  • Apr 2017

    Women with celiac disease twice as likely to develop anorexia

    A new, large-scale study finds a link between the diagnoses of anorexia nervosa and celiac disease in almost 18,000 Swedish women.