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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.
Research finds food addicts lacking psychological inhibition

Research finds food addicts lacking psychological inhibition

Oral health: The gateway to your overall health

Oral health: The gateway to your overall health

UT Southwestern researchers identify potential new treatment for depression

UT Southwestern researchers identify potential new treatment for depression

Brain disconnect leaves teen brain less able to judge trustworthiness

Brain disconnect leaves teen brain less able to judge trustworthiness

Psychotherapy: New treatment choice for anorexia nervosa

Psychotherapy: New treatment choice for anorexia nervosa

Slow caress or stroke may play part in creating, sustaining positive sense of self

Slow caress or stroke may play part in creating, sustaining positive sense of self

Binge eating disorder is different from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa

Binge eating disorder is different from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa

Two gene mutations associated with increased risk of developing eating disorders

Two gene mutations associated with increased risk of developing eating disorders

Shadow of past highest weight affects eating disorder symptoms and recovery

Shadow of past highest weight affects eating disorder symptoms and recovery

Higher calorie diets produce twice rate of weight gain for adolescents hospitalized with anorexia

Higher calorie diets produce twice rate of weight gain for adolescents hospitalized with anorexia

Study shows anorexia linked to how cholesterol processes

Study shows anorexia linked to how cholesterol processes

Brain size can predispose person to develop eating disorders

Brain size can predispose person to develop eating disorders

Researchers find genetic correlation between eating disorders and alcohol dependence

Researchers find genetic correlation between eating disorders and alcohol dependence

Estrogen replacement therapy reduces anxiety symptoms in girls with anorexia nervosa

Estrogen replacement therapy reduces anxiety symptoms in girls with anorexia nervosa

Brain circuits involved in compulsive behavior reveal a surprising connection with obesity

Brain circuits involved in compulsive behavior reveal a surprising connection with obesity

Altered function of neural circuitry contributes to bulimia and anorexia

Altered function of neural circuitry contributes to bulimia and anorexia

Lightlake Therapeutics announces Phase II clinical trial results of nasal spray treatment for BED

Lightlake Therapeutics announces Phase II clinical trial results of nasal spray treatment for BED

Research finds number of links between dental health and overall health

Research finds number of links between dental health and overall health

Study shows people with SE-AN can be treated with outpatient treatment programme

Study shows people with SE-AN can be treated with outpatient treatment programme

Severe anorexia nervosa improves with modification of standard goals, treatment methods

Severe anorexia nervosa improves with modification of standard goals, treatment methods