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Lack of ‘feel good’ neurosteroid may contribute to depression or anxiety in anorexic or obese women

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Women who live with anorexia or obesity exhibit low levels of a neurosteroid that may explain why both conditions are associated with an increased risk for depression and anxiety, according to a small study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. The study found low levels of allopregnanolone (all), which has been tied to heightened rates of […]

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Why celebrities are suddenly talking openly about eating disorders

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Since the creation of modern society, eating disorders have haunted men and women while lurking in the shadows. The pressure to appear a certain way or maintain a specific weight has driven all sorts of dangerous behaviors, fad diets, and purging techniques. But, society refused to talk about it. Over the past few years, however, […]

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An Instagram post proves people with eating disorders don’t always look “scary skinny”

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The words ‘anorexia’ or ‘eating disorder’ tend to paint a very specific picture in people’s minds of stick thin girls with their ribs poking through their skin and a gaunt face. However, that picture doesn’t always reflect reality, as body positive Instagram user Carissa Seligman showed the world this week. In a single post, Seligman […]

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Rare genetic mutations make people susceptible to eating disorders

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Researchers are reportedly one step closer to understanding the link between eating disorders and genetics, according to a new study published in the journal PLoS One. The findings indicate that specific clusters of gene mutations make a person significantly more susceptible to developing an eating disorder. The effect of these genetic mutations is so strong […]

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Does an eating disorder make you more likely to steal?

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Eating disorders have been associated with a number of issues that can be dangerous to your health, including excessive exercise behaviors, physical side-effects, and additional mental health issues. However, a new study has tied eating disorders to another unique behavior – crime. According to a study of almost 960,000 women, those with eating disorders are […]

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Men with eating disorders share their stories

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Men with eating disorders are more common than most are aware of. While statistically young women are more likely to be diagnosed with an eating disorder in their lifetime, current estimates suggest as many as 10 million men in America are living with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder right now. Most eating disorder experts […]

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Does “To the Bone” hit too close to home for eating disorder survivors?

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When Netflix’s latest upcoming original movie “To the Bone” premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, it was hailed as a “deeply personal” story about the dangers of anorexia. However, some experts and eating disorder survivors suggest the film may hit dangerously close to home in its portrayal of eating disorders. The movie stars […]

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10 things you should know about anorexia

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  Most people are somewhat aware of what anorexia is. They know it is an eating disorder and is largely characterized by avoiding eating. But, there is much more to know about the complex and deadly eating disorder affecting millions of people in America alone. Here are ten facts to help you better understand and […]

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The consequences of eating disorders remain after recovery

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Survivors of eating disorders often say they will live with the disease forever. This is partially meant metaphorically; they will always struggle with the urges and body issues which initially fed the development of their eating disorder. But, this is also often very literal. Many who survived eating disorders and achieved recovery still live with […]

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Eating disorders are a mental illness, not a social media trend

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In the past week, I’ve seen several reports suggesting Instagram could potentially put you at an increased risk for an eating disorder known as orthorexia. It is the latest in a long line of reports blaming eating disorders are everything from ads, the fashion industry, and even parents. While there may be some truth underlying […]

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