Anorexia

Would You Like An Antidepressant With Your Anorexia?

There is no strong evidence to support that antidepressants can help treat anorexia. But doctors are doling them out left and right anyway, a new study found. Published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders last December, the research involved about 500 anorexic women and the treatment they received for the condition. Some women were …

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“World’s Thinnest Woman” Not Happy About Being A Role Model

Valeria Levitin has been called the “world’s thinnest woman.” Her frame is so thin that she looks like a walking skeleton–extreme anorexia has left her devastatingly malnourished, with protruding bones and disturbing-looking facial features. A dangerous role model Yet the 37-year-old who was once a healthy-looking, fuller-figured woman, wants the graphic images of her circulating …

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What Is Pro Ana Weight Loss?

In the world of eating disorders, there’s a movement called “pro ana” – which essentially advocades losing weight through unhealthy and dangerous methods. The pro ana (short for anorexia) or “thinspo” concepts encompass an ideology where it’s OK to be dangerously thin, eating is discouraged, and even suicide through starvation is sometimes supported. Websites The …

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Vegetarians May Be Hiding An Eating Disorder

Vegetarians have many reasons for not eating meat. Some do it for animal rights, some for their personal health, and some to save the environment. A new study suggests that a lot of people with eating disorders may claim to be vegetarian in order to politely refuse food and mask their problem. Women with eating …

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Anorexic “Night Baker” Uses Blog To Raise Money For Treatment

It sounds odd when you think about. A 29-year-old anorexic woman raised enough money to pay for one week at a treatment center–all through baking cookies and other sweets. She posted the pictures of her creations on Facebook and asked for donations on her blog. The Night Baker Camilla Kuhns of Kirkland, Washington, says she …

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Subtle Body Movements Reveal Skewed Perceptions Of Anorexics

Anorexics tend to unconsciously alter their natural body movements when entering doorways due to feeling bigger than they are, a new study reveals. The research, from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, suggests that anorexics don’t just exhibit mental and emotional symptoms, but that the way they physically act in everyday situations can be altered, too. …

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Study Determines That Fruit Flies Exposed To Methamphetamine Develop Fatal Anorexic Behavior

A new study published in the Journal of Toxicological Sciences has determined that fruit flies that are exposed to methamphetamine exhibit anorexic behavior that ultimately results in their death. Humans who abuse methamphetamine display similar anorexic tendencies which include metabolic and behavioral changes leading to starvation. Significant toxic effects Researchers at the University of Illinois …

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Structural Brain Changes Can Be Reversed In Anorexia Patients Who Recover

One of the many devastating effects of anorexia is changes in brain volume and structure, which can impact cognitive functioning, memory, and mood. Yet researchers from the Translational Development Neuroscience Lab discovered these structural changes can be “completely reversed” in patients who successfully recover from the disorder and maintain a healthy weight. While previous studies …

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Pro-Diet Sites Glamorize Anorexia, And Girls Are Eating It Up

Despite bans put forth earlier this year by popular social media communities like Tumblr and Pinterest, pro-anorexic websites are on the rise. A UK review, Virtually Anorexic–Where’s the Harm?, recently found that thousands of individual blogs, YouTube channels and other websites are spreading like wildfire–all promoting an unhealthy ideal of being rail-thin. Starving to be …

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