It's Not "In Your Head"

Eating disorders affect 30 million Americans—and are the most deadly of psychiatric illnesses—but they’re often stigmatized as “mind over matter.”

A new study in PLOS ONE bolsters developing research that eating disorder risk is 50–80% genetic. 2 clusters of damaged genes were found to contribute: in the gut (creating a tendency toward food control difficulties) and the immune system (appetite-suppression). Environmentally triggered altered eating means it’s more likely that a disorder can develop if inherited gene damage is present.

Researchers hope understanding genetic predisposition will inform treatment plans and begin to destigmatize eating disorders.

Source: Scientific American

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