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A person with anorexia nervosa, often called anorexia, has an intense fear of gaining weight. Someone with anorexia thinks about food a lot and limits the food she or he eats, even though she or he is too thin. Anorexia is more than just a problem with food. It's a way of using food or starving oneself to feel more in control of life and to ease tension, anger, and anxiety. Most people with anorexia are female. While anorexia mostly affects girls and women (85 - 95 percent of anorexics are female), it can also affect boys and men. It was once thought that women of color were shielded from eating disorders by their cultures, which tend to be more accepting of different body sizes. It is not known for sure whether African American, Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian and Alaska Native people develop eating disorders because American culture values thin people. People with different cultural backgrounds may develop eating disorders because it’s hard to adapt to a new culture (a theory called “culture clash”). The stress of trying to live in two different cultures may cause some minorities to develop their eating disorders.
Brain's response to taste stimuli could play role in driving anorexia nervosa

Brain's response to taste stimuli could play role in driving anorexia nervosa

Sound and object motion can help change perceptions about body size

Sound and object motion can help change perceptions about body size

Massive analysis of genomes reveals insights into genetic overlap among psychiatric diseases

Massive analysis of genomes reveals insights into genetic overlap among psychiatric diseases

New study estimates current prevalence of eating disorders in the United States

New study estimates current prevalence of eating disorders in the United States

Normalizing estrogen levels can benefit female athletes with irregular menstrual periods

Normalizing estrogen levels can benefit female athletes with irregular menstrual periods

We may be genetically wired to be empathic finds study

We may be genetically wired to be empathic finds study

New study explores role of sexuality in long-term outcome of eating disorders

New study explores role of sexuality in long-term outcome of eating disorders

Researchers developing smartphone app to help patients with eating disorders

Researchers developing smartphone app to help patients with eating disorders

Researchers find low levels of neuroactive steroid in both obese and anorexic women

Researchers find low levels of neuroactive steroid in both obese and anorexic women

Steroid hormones could provide new insight into age-related bone loss

Steroid hormones could provide new insight into age-related bone loss

Novel, ultra-rare damaging genetic variants may contribute to eating disorders

Novel, ultra-rare damaging genetic variants may contribute to eating disorders

Scientists create stem cell-based model of rare inherited neurological condition

Scientists create stem cell-based model of rare inherited neurological condition

Study finds link between eating disorders and increased risk of theft, other crimes

Study finds link between eating disorders and increased risk of theft, other crimes

Anorexia nervosa linked to genetic anomalies on chromosome 12

Anorexia nervosa linked to genetic anomalies on chromosome 12

Study identifies first genetic locus for anorexia nervosa

Study identifies first genetic locus for anorexia nervosa

Religiosity not linked to increased risk of anorexia nervosa, study shows

Religiosity not linked to increased risk of anorexia nervosa, study shows

Endocrine Society releases new guideline to help diagnose and treat hypothalamic amenorrhea

Endocrine Society releases new guideline to help diagnose and treat hypothalamic amenorrhea

Scientists create first model of anorexia nervosa using iPSCs derived from adolescent females

Scientists create first model of anorexia nervosa using iPSCs derived from adolescent females

Brains of adolescents with anorexia nervosa remain altered even after treatment, study finds

Brains of adolescents with anorexia nervosa remain altered even after treatment, study finds

Deep brain stimulation may help improve mental, physical health in patients with anorexia nervosa

Deep brain stimulation may help improve mental, physical health in patients with anorexia nervosa