December 29, 2010 |
Isabelle Caro's emaciated frame on Italian billboards a few years ago carried a shocking anti-anorexia message -- which was exactly what the French model had intended. Her highly publicized battle against the eating disorder, however, didn't manage to save her own life. Caro died Nov. 17 at the age of 28, media reports say. One story quotes her longtime acting instructor Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot as saying "she did not know the cause of death but that Caro 'had been sick for a long time,' referring to her anorexia.
October 4, 2010
It's no secret there's a disparity between the average U.S. woman who weighs 140 pounds and stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and the average American model who weighs 117 pounds and 5 feet 11 inches tall. The compairison comes from the National Eating Disorders Assn. , which counts body image as a factor that may contribute to anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders. Who suffers most from anorexia? Forty percent of new cases are girls between 15 and 19 years old. Find out the symptoms of anorexia and the toll the disease takes on the human body at WomensHealth.
April 7, 2009
Re "Starving for medical help," April 3 Medi-Cal patients aren't the only ones who have difficulty getting appropriate treatment for anorexia nervosa. Privately insured patients are also denied coverage for specialized care on a regular basis. Genes are responsible for much of the disorder, and 75% of patients who begin treatment in adolescence improve or recover fully. Yet, as poignantly described in The Times, family members often blame patients, and patients blame themselves. Without treatment, anorexia nervosa kills more people than any other psychiatric disorder.
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April 2, 2009 |
Bryan Bixler is dying. He feels it in his bones a little more each day, as if passing the mirror in his Laguna Beach apartment and glancing at himself isn't evidence enough. Here's what greets him: sunken eyes, paper-thin arms and legs that hang like a puppet's, the slow-motion gait that he fears will define his movements for the rest of his days. What happened, he wonders, to that young man who once ran half-marathons? It's all so crazy. That's what he tells himself. Dying a bit more every day and knowing how to fix it but being unable to do it. Knowing that if he would just start eating like a normal person, he'd give himself a fighting chance.
October 1, 2007 |
A part of the brain that helps regulate taste may play a role in anorexia nervosa. Using functional MRIs, researchers at UC San Diego and the University of Pittsburgh measured activity in the brains of 32 women, while the women tasted sugar and distilled water. Half of the women had recovered from anorexia; the other half had never had the eating disorder.
March 13, 2006 |
Genetics play a big role in anorexia nervosa, the exaggerated fear of weight gain that causes many young women to starve themselves, researchers have found. A study of twins in Sweden found that about 56% of the risk for developing the eating disorder is based on family history, the report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said. Other unspecified factors triggered the disorder in 44% of the cases, the study said.