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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.
Hospitalizations for eating disorders among teenagers increase during COVID-19

Hospitalizations for eating disorders among teenagers increase during COVID-19

Eating disorder behaviors modulate the brain's dopamine-related reward circuit response

Eating disorder behaviors modulate the brain's dopamine-related reward circuit response

Study shows how leptin suppresses appetite

Study shows how leptin suppresses appetite

'Hunger Hormone' may play key role in impulsive choices and behaviors

'Hunger Hormone' may play key role in impulsive choices and behaviors

Study discovers similarities between the genetic bases of various eating disorders

Study discovers similarities between the genetic bases of various eating disorders

New analysis shows lack of strong evidence to support anorexia nervosa treatment guidelines

New analysis shows lack of strong evidence to support anorexia nervosa treatment guidelines

Study examines the role of gut microbes in anorexia

Study examines the role of gut microbes in anorexia

Researchers study how anorexia nervosa modifies body awareness

Researchers study how anorexia nervosa modifies body awareness

Study looks at how culture can influence women's experiences of disordered eating

Study looks at how culture can influence women's experiences of disordered eating

Study reveals partially overlapping patterns of brain function in people with anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder

Study reveals partially overlapping patterns of brain function in people with anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder

New phone app may help address eating disorders in college students

New phone app may help address eating disorders in college students

Girls with anorexia nervosa can have stunted growth

Girls with anorexia nervosa can have stunted growth

New review provides an update on management of premenopausal osteoporosis

New review provides an update on management of premenopausal osteoporosis

Study investigates the causes and effects of excessive exercise in people with eating disorders

Study investigates the causes and effects of excessive exercise in people with eating disorders

Research highlights nutritional risks among female athletes

Research highlights nutritional risks among female athletes

Young people cite barriers to seeking help for eating disorders

Young people cite barriers to seeking help for eating disorders

Study sheds new light on the neurobiology of starvation in patients with anorexia nervosa

Study sheds new light on the neurobiology of starvation in patients with anorexia nervosa

King's researchers launch largest ever study into eating disorders

King's researchers launch largest ever study into eating disorders

Researchers find many psychiatric disorders share the same gene variants

Researchers find many psychiatric disorders share the same gene variants

Eating disorder can affect pregnancy outcome and offspring’s health

Eating disorder can affect pregnancy outcome and offspring’s health