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Is there a biological basis for eating disorders?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
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In brief: Yes

Biologic, but not necessarily genetic.
Women are more likely to have eating disorders than men, especially anorexia nervosa. In twins generally, if one has it the other has a higher chance of having it. That could be more sociological than genetic, especially when raised together. Sisters have a higher rate for that reason. Major mood disorders are higher in these families. Sexual abuse is common.

In brief: Yes

Biologic, but not necessarily genetic.
Women are more likely to have eating disorders than men, especially anorexia nervosa. In twins generally, if one has it the other has a higher chance of having it. That could be more sociological than genetic, especially when raised together. Sisters have a higher rate for that reason. Major mood disorders are higher in these families. Sexual abuse is common.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: A biological basis

Partly. It has been recorded the prisoners of war andexperimental volunteers who are fed decreasing amonts of calories develop intense interest in recipes and food preparation like anorectics.
But as far as anorexia having other biological origins not as far as i know.

In brief: A biological basis

Partly. It has been recorded the prisoners of war andexperimental volunteers who are fed decreasing amonts of calories develop intense interest in recipes and food preparation like anorectics.
But as far as anorexia having other biological origins not as far as i know.
Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
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