Giving mice a gene mutation linked to eating disorders in people causes feeding and behavior abnormalities similar to symptoms often seen in patients with eating disorders. Only female mice are affected by the gene mutation, and some of the abnormalities in the female mice depend on whether they are housed alone or together with other mice.
Scientists in Canada have found preliminary evidence that a psychedelic drink known as ayahuasca can help people overcome eating disorders. “I really just experienced my body as a gift,” as one participant said. “It was, I felt that it was malnourished. I could sense that, I could sense that I was not honoring the gift.”
In a new study, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) described a new mouse model featuring a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors that can trigger the compulsive restriction of food intake seen in patients with anorexia nervosa. The findings may help to identify new prevention and treatment strategies for the eating disorder in humans.
Your brain responds to eating and there is a way that people with anorexia nervosa can respond differently to the hunger signal. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by abnormally low body weight
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. Now mental health researchers in Denmark have found evidence that people with anorexia nervosa have an enhanced sense of smell.