Tag Archives: adolescents

Not just small adults: eating disorders in young children

More and more researchers and clinicians are becoming aware of the presence of eating disorders in young children (defined here and in most of the research literature as ED onset at less than 13 years). I have known five-year-olds with full-blown anorexia nervosa. Whether this awareness is due to people developing EDs at an earlier […]

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The treatment variables that affect long-term recovery

The basic goals of eating disorder treatment are to reduce or eliminate ED symptoms, address co-morbid disorders, and improve quality of life. When researchers study these treatment in clinical trials, they generally focus on the first issue and seek to ask whether this treatment reduces ED symptoms. It’s not a bad goal for an ED […]

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At the intersection of obesity and EDs: Body weight, risk factors, and diagnosis

A study has been making the rounds and the headlines today with items like this: Eating Disorders Often Go Undiagnosed in Patients Who Have a History of Obesity Could Obese Teens be at a Higher Risk for Anorexia, Bulimia? Overweight But Anorexic Teens Are Often Overlooked By Doctors (STUDY) Pretty significant stuff. And, based on […]

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More than you can chew: Binge eating, suicide, and minority girls

Full-syndrome eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder get the lion’s share of research money and media attention. But subthreshold disorders are often just as serious and affect more people. EDs in minority populations (where, in this case, “minority” means anything other than young, white females) also get much less attention. Again, the […]

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Anxiety, anorexia, and estrogen: Interpret the links with care

Some research that’s been making the rounds online, as well as on Twitter and Facebook, is the reports of a recent finding that showed an estrogen patch decreases anxiety in AN. It sounds great on the surface: anxiety is a big factor in the development and prepetuation of anorexia, so finding something that would decrease […]

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Cuts both ways: Binge/purge and self-harming behaviors in adolescents

Besides the (obvious) binge/purge behaviors, one of the most common features of bulimia is self-harm. A recent study of adolescent ED outpatients found that, overall, around 40% of patients engaged in self-injuring behaviors (Peebles, Wilson, & Lock, 2011). When they broke the data down, the researchers found that approximately 60% of patients with BN self-harmed, […]

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Are EDs really on the rise? No, 10% of teen girls DON’T have an ED

It’s a question I get a lot: how many people out there have eating disorders? I can take some reasonable guesses, but there’s not much in the way of good, population-wide prevalence studies. But new estimates of ED incidence (the number of new cases diagnosed in a particular population in a specific time period) and […]

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When dieting gets dangerous

Let me introduce you to two hypothetical teens: Teen A and Teen B. Both teens go on diets. It could mean they want to lose a few pounds, it could be they are trying to “eat healthy” or be better at their sport. Regardless of why, they start cutting back on the amount and variety […]

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One of these things is like the other: Comparisons between treatment-seeking adolescents and clinical trial participants

One of the cornerstones of ED research–of pretty much all medical research, when you get right down to it–is the clinical trial. You take a group of people with a particular illness, give half of them the treatment and give the other half a placebo or no treatment at all. Then, you compare them. Did […]

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