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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mar 2017

    Researchers create model of anorexia nervosa using stem cells

    An international research team, led by scientists at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, has created the first cellular model of anorexia nervosa (AN), reprogramming induced...

  • Mar 2017

    Even after treatment, brains of anorexia nervosa patients not fully recovered

    Even after weeks of treatment and considerable weight gain, the brains of adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa remain altered, putting them at risk for possible relapse, according to...

  • Feb 2017

    Anorexia: Deep brain stimulation may be an effective treatment

    Deep brain stimulation may be helpful in treating anorexia, finds a new trial. The surgical technique improved mental and physical well-being.

  • Feb 2017

    Study points to treatment strategy for anorexia

    New research conducted in adolescent rodents provides insights on the mechanisms behind anorexia nervosa and points to a potential treatment strategy.

  • Feb 2017

    Body dysmorphic disorder may be under-diagnosed in patients seeking cosmetic procedures

    Plastic surgeons and other cosmetic professionals are familiar with the challenges posed by patients with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) seeking cosmetic procedures, reports a survey study in...

  • Feb 2017

    Study addresses extreme thinness standards in fashion industry

    In a recent study, female fashion models reported high levels of pressure to lose weight, which was associated with higher odds of engaging in unhealthy behaviors to control weight.

  • Jan 2017

    Bulimia symptoms reduced with electrical brain stimulation

    Symptoms of bulimia nervosa may be reduced through the delivery of electricity to certain areas of the brain, according to King's College London.