Science News About Eating Disorders
- Life Beyond Anorexia Nervosa
• 75th Anniversary
An in-depth look at Kristina Saffran's journey with Anorexia Nervosa.
- Youth Emergency Department Visits for Mental Health Increased During Pandemic
Hospital visits for urgent mental health care increased among children and teens in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an NIMH-supported study.
- Chatbot Encourages People With Eating Disorders to Seek Care
In a new NIMH-funded study, Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, and colleagues developed a chatbot to encourage people with eating disorders to connect with care.
- Adult “Picky Eaters” Recall Helpful Parent Feeding Strategies
Researchers asked a group of self-identified adult “picky eaters” to reflect on their parents’ feeding strategies to better understand which strategies were helpful and which weren’t.
- Eating Disorder Behaviors Alter Reward Response in the Brain
A new NIMH-supported study found that eating disorder behaviors alter the brain’s reward response process and food intake control circuitry, which can reinforce the behaviors.
- Genetic Variations Highlight the Importance of Metabolic Processes in Anorexia
The need to identify effective targets for intervention in anorexia nervosa is pressing, as patient outcomes are often poor. An NIMH-funded genome-wide association study suggests that metabolic processes may play an important role in the disorder, offering a promising new avenue for investigation.
- Using Technology to Help Predict Binge and Purge Episodes in People with Eating Disorders
In binge-eating disorder and bulimia nervosa, people experience recurrent and frequent episodes in which they eat unusually large amounts of food and feel a sense of loss of control.