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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.
New initiative launched to create more effective ED therapies based on brain imaging studies

New initiative launched to create more effective ED therapies based on brain imaging studies

New report addresses presence of cerebral abnormalities in eating disorders

New report addresses presence of cerebral abnormalities in eating disorders

APS to present scientific abstracts at Experimental Biology 2013

APS to present scientific abstracts at Experimental Biology 2013

DBS helps anorexia patients achieve and maintain improvements in body weight, mood and anxiety

DBS helps anorexia patients achieve and maintain improvements in body weight, mood and anxiety

Anorexics’ brains are structurally and functionally altered

Anorexics’ brains are structurally and functionally altered

Eating disorders common in adolescents attending emergency department

Eating disorders common in adolescents attending emergency department

Eating disorders linked with poor decision-making skills

Eating disorders linked with poor decision-making skills

Psychiatric disorders reduce patient fecundity, especially in men

Psychiatric disorders reduce patient fecundity, especially in men

ER could be a good place to identify undiagnosed eating disorders among teens

ER could be a good place to identify undiagnosed eating disorders among teens

New bulimia nervosa therapy for patients with eating disorders

New bulimia nervosa therapy for patients with eating disorders

Thin ideal internalization: an interview with Jessica Suisman and Kelly Klump

Thin ideal internalization: an interview with Jessica Suisman and Kelly Klump

People in creative professions are treated more often for mental illness

People in creative professions are treated more often for mental illness

Vulnerability to ‘thin ideal’ may be genetic

Vulnerability to ‘thin ideal’ may be genetic

Controversial activities of pro-anorexic bloggers may have benefits

Controversial activities of pro-anorexic bloggers may have benefits

Fatty acids normalize without help in girls with eating disorders

Fatty acids normalize without help in girls with eating disorders

Normalizing weight helps girls with eating disorders improve essential fatty acid status

Normalizing weight helps girls with eating disorders improve essential fatty acid status

Chicago psychological center serves as model for treatment of binge eating

Chicago psychological center serves as model for treatment of binge eating

CU scientist looks at reward circuits in the brain

CU scientist looks at reward circuits in the brain

Positive top-line results from Shire’s Vyvanse Phase 2 study on binge eating disorder

Positive top-line results from Shire’s Vyvanse Phase 2 study on binge eating disorder

Eating disorders can be triggered by lack of support following traumatic events

Eating disorders can be triggered by lack of support following traumatic events