Eating Disorder

An eating disorder is marked by extremes. It is present when a person experiences severe disturbances in eating behavior, such as extreme reduction of food intake or extreme overeating, or feelings of extreme distress or concern about body weight or shape.
What is an Eating Disorder?

An eating disorder is characterized by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual's physical and emotional health. The causes of eating disorders are complex and not yet fully understood.

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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

Behavioral therapy assisted by a smartphone app helps patients with binge eating disorders

Behavioral therapy assisted by a smartphone app helps patients with binge eating disorders

Exercise addiction more common among people with eating disorder

Exercise addiction more common among people with eating disorder

UK sees sharp rise in hospital admissions for eating disorders

UK sees sharp rise in hospital admissions for eating disorders

Study examines link between social media and disordered eating behaviors in young adolescents

Study examines link between social media and disordered eating behaviors in young adolescents

Eating disorder can affect pregnancy outcome and offspring’s health

Eating disorder can affect pregnancy outcome and offspring’s health

Study highlights importance of parents in defining eating disorder recovery

Study highlights importance of parents in defining eating disorder recovery

Eating disorders increase risk of premature birth

Eating disorders increase risk of premature birth

Intermittent fasting – not just a fad for cardiac patients

Intermittent fasting – not just a fad for cardiac patients

Patients with anorexia nervosa face similar health complications as their counterparts with low BMI

Patients with anorexia nervosa face similar health complications as their counterparts with low BMI

Study: Normal body weight can hide eating disorder in teens and young adults

Study: Normal body weight can hide eating disorder in teens and young adults

Anorexia rates rising in younger children

Anorexia rates rising in younger children

Hope for stressed-out parents of extremely picky eaters

Hope for stressed-out parents of extremely picky eaters

Researchers find behavioral, biological similarities between compulsive overeating and addiction

Researchers find behavioral, biological similarities between compulsive overeating and addiction

Lack of physician training about eating disorders leading to avoidable deaths

Lack of physician training about eating disorders leading to avoidable deaths

Is mental illness being diagnosed correctly?

Is mental illness being diagnosed correctly?

Hundreds of trans people regret changing their gender, says trans activist

Hundreds of trans people regret changing their gender, says trans activist

Researchers find eating disorder trends that warrant increased screening

Researchers find eating disorder trends that warrant increased screening

Stress inhibits eating behavior

Stress inhibits eating behavior