Study findings suggest that the longer one suffers from active anorexia nervosa (AN), the more likely are disorder-relevant alterations in DNA methylation.
For more news on Anorexia nervosa, please see:
06 December 2014 - MNT - Neuroimaging study of anorexia nervosa finds that brain shrinkage is reversible
08 October 2014 - MNT - Eating disorders could start as early as elementary
07 October 2014 - Science Daily - Anorexia/bulimia: Bacterial protein implicated
Dr Agnes Ayton (Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, NHS Oxford) has been addressing Nutrition and Eating Disorders at the FAB Research conference:
Wednesday 29th October 2014 - Nutrition and Mental Resilience in Children and Adults: Feeding Better Health, Wellbeing and Performance
Dr Ayton's research can be found here:
"These findings help clarify the point that eating disorders are not about superficial body image concerns or the result of bad parenting. They represent real biological effects of environmental impacts in affected people, which then get locked in by too much dieting," says Dr. Steiger, Chief of the Eating Disorders Program at the Douglas Institute and a professor of Psychiatry at McGill University."We already know that eating disorders, once established, have a tendency to become more and more entrenched over time. These findings point to physical mechanisms acting upon physiological and nervous system functions throughout the body that may underlie many of the effects of chronicity. All in all, they point to the importance of enabling people to get effective treatments as early in the disorder process as possible," adds Dr. Steiger.