Eating Disorders Related to Birth Complications?


While current thought tends to attribute the cause of eating disorders to a largely psychosocial/non-biological basis, a recent study by Italian researchers has uncovered a link between birth problems and eating disorders, specifically anorexia and bulimia.

The implications of this research are far-reaching. If a fetus undergoes certain types of trouble, or a mother experiences obstetric problems, the event could cause a neurodevelopmental change that predisposes a person for anorexia later on in life:

“This type of relationship is considered evidence of a causal link and would indicate that an impairment in neurodevelopment could be implicated in the pathogenesis of anorexia nervosa,” the researchers wrote.

Read more about brain-based causes for eating disorders here.

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