Smarter Children More At Risk For Eating Disorders

The higher a child’s IQ, the higher his or her risk for developing an eating disorder later in life.

This was the conclusion of a recent study from the UCL Institute of Child Health. The study included a partipant pool of 6,200 children between the ages of 8 and 10 years.

Leaving diet out of the equation

Instead of studying the dietary habits of the children, researchers gathered information about their relatives and family history of eating disorders. The reason for leaving diet out of the equation in this study was to rule it out as a potential risk factor for eating disorders in children.

“This meant we could focus on characteristics that might increase the risk of developing an eating disorder, rather than characteristics which might be the result of an eating disorder,” said study author Radha Kotari.

Influence of family

Children with a family member who struggled with psychological food-related problems, such as anorexia or bulimia, were determined to have a higher risk factor than children without a family history of eating disorders. The children in the former group were found to have higher IQs than the children of the latter. However, children who had a bulimic member of the family demonstrated poor mind-body spatial control than children in the control group.

Researchers note that the findings don’t indicate how an eating disorder may play out for a child later in life, but they can help us understand how an eating disorder might develop in the early years. The study may also shed light on what neurological influences might contribute to the onset of this type of problem.

Source: Salon, Medical Xpress

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

The information provided on EatingDisorders.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes and we encourage all visitors to see a licensed physician if they believe that they have an eating disorder. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of EatingDisorders.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.

Copyright © 2008-2017 EatingDisorders.com.
Company Information

© 2017 EatingDisorders.com. All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of EatingDisorders.com's terms of service and privacy policy. The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.