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November 29, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Eating disorders among children and adolescents appear to be on the rise, especially among younger kids. This report published online Monday in Pediatrics estimates that 0.5% of adolescent girls in the U.S. have anorexia and 1% to 2% meet the criteria for bulimia. It also says more boys and more children younger than 12 are being diagnosed with eating disorders. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to heading off serious medical problems. Parents who think their child may have a problem might want to check out this screening test from PsychCental.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Kesha is postponing tour dates as she completes treatment for an eating disorder, reps for the singer say. The pop star had shows scheduled for March and April. “I was so looking forward to performing at these dates but I need to follow my doctor's advice and get my health back on track,” she said in a statement. “All of your support during this time has been so amazing. I couldn't have done this without you all. I look forward to coming back stronger than ever on the next tour.
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NEWS
October 9, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Scientists have discovered two gene mutations that they believe are associated with an increased risk of eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia often run in families, but these eating disorders are complex, and it has proved difficult  to identify the paths. But, using two families with very high incidences of eating disorders, scientists say they found rare mutations, one in each family, that were associated with the people who had the disorders. The study suggests that mutations that decrease the activity of a protein that turns on the expression of other genes - called a transcription factor - increase the risk.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kesha is in rehab for an eating disorder. News that the "Die Young" pop singer, 26, was starting a 30-day stint in rehab broke on Friday, courtesy of TMZ , which said she had checked in early that morning at Timberline Knolls outside of Chicago. That's the same facility where Demi Lovato sought help in 2010. "I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I've found it hard to practice," Kesha said Saturday on Facebook . "I'll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder ... to learn to love myself again.
SCIENCE
August 21, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
A new statistical analysis suggests that alcohol dependence and binging and purging behaviors, all believed to be influenced by genetic factors, may actually be influenced by the same genes. Writing in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs , Washington University School of Medicine postdoctoral researcher Melissa Munn-Chernoff and colleagues reported that genetic risk factors that make people susceptible to alcoholism also appear to influence risk for binge eating in both men and women and for “compensatory behaviors” such as starvation, laxative use and self-induced vomiting in women.
HEALTH
April 17, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
April Dunlap was 17 and weighed 165 pounds when she began a diet and exercise regimen. After three months, the 5-foot-5 teen had lost the 20 pounds she had hoped to shed. But she kept going. "It was like a drug," she said. "I always wanted to lose a little more. " When she hit 120 pounds, Dunlap's mother worried that April was losing too much weight. The family's doctor agreed. Four months after Dunlap's diet began, she found herself in a treatment program for anorexia nervosa. After only 10 days, she had gained enough weight to be discharged from the hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Eating disorders and the proper way to deal with issues related to food will be discussed at a seminar led by two marriage, family and child counselors Wednesday at Pierce College. The free program, to be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the campus center, 6201 Winnetka Ave., will be given by Linda Sherman, who is also a dietitian, and Ellen Mayer, director of Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2005 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
When we first meet the character of Sam, he's staring down at his breakfast of half a grapefruit and yogurt with a familiar look of dissatisfaction. In disgust, he chucks it in the garbage -- then begins to root around in the trash. Suddenly, an ordinary morning ritual takes on a disturbing cast as Sam pulls out a soggy, misshapen piece of chocolate cake coated with white flakes of detergent. Undeterred, he eats around the soap, smearing icing over his face in the process.
NEWS
August 6, 1989 | DICK RORABACK
The Duchess of Windsor was wrong. You can be too thin. Just ask Cathy Rigby. Better yet, if you (or a friend or a loved one) suffer from anorexia nervosa or bulimia--potentially fatal eating disorders characterized by a fanatic dedication to losing weight--pick up a copy of the $24.95 videotape "Faces of Recovery." The tape is a not-for-profit effort by College Hospital in Cerritos, Rigby (who narrates) and her husband, Tom McCoy.
NEWS
September 9, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
The news is not always all good when obese teenagers lose weight. Such young people seem to be at risk for developing eating disorders that slip the attention of health professionals, scientists report. “Physical complications of semistarvation and weight loss, which are red flags in a low-weight individual, are often misdiagnosed in these patients,” and referrals for eating disorder treatment get delayed as a result, the scientists wrote in this week's issue of the journal Pediatrics.
NEWS
October 9, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Scientists have discovered two gene mutations that they believe are associated with an increased risk of eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia often run in families, but these eating disorders are complex, and it has proved difficult  to identify the paths. But, using two families with very high incidences of eating disorders, scientists say they found rare mutations, one in each family, that were associated with the people who had the disorders. The study suggests that mutations that decrease the activity of a protein that turns on the expression of other genes - called a transcription factor - increase the risk.
NEWS
September 9, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
The news is not always all good when obese teenagers lose weight. Such young people seem to be at risk for developing eating disorders that slip the attention of health professionals, scientists report. “Physical complications of semistarvation and weight loss, which are red flags in a low-weight individual, are often misdiagnosed in these patients,” and referrals for eating disorder treatment get delayed as a result, the scientists wrote in this week's issue of the journal Pediatrics.
SCIENCE
August 21, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
A new statistical analysis suggests that alcohol dependence and binging and purging behaviors, all believed to be influenced by genetic factors, may actually be influenced by the same genes. Writing in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs , Washington University School of Medicine postdoctoral researcher Melissa Munn-Chernoff and colleagues reported that genetic risk factors that make people susceptible to alcoholism also appear to influence risk for binge eating in both men and women and for “compensatory behaviors” such as starvation, laxative use and self-induced vomiting in women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2013 | By Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
Bryan Piperno was just 9 years old when he began keeping his secret. The Simi Valley youngster tossed out lunches or claimed he ate elsewhere. As he grew older, he started purging after eating. Even after his vomiting landed him in the emergency room during college, he lied to hide the truth. Piperno, now 25, slowly fended off his eating disorder with time and care, including a stay in a residential treatment facility. But surveys show a rising number of teenage boys in Los Angeles now struggle with similar problems.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Amanda Bynes went on quite the Twitter rant late Thursday, claiming she has an eating disorder and once again threatening to sue "certain blogs and magazines" for saying she has "a mental illness. " "They take pictures anytime I've gained weight then write a fake story!," Bynes complained, adding, "I have an eating disorder so I have a hard time staying thin. " And to think, most stories lately have mentioned anything but her weight, choosing instead to focus on tidbits like the once-blond 27-year-old's insistence (in tweets since deleted)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Demi Lovato tweeted a photo of herself without makeup on Wednesday, urging her almost 13 million followers to do the same. "Ladies, be brave today.. take off your make-up and stop using those filters!! WE are beautiful!!!," she wrote as a caption to the photo (a cropped version of which is shown above).  Her followers responded by sending along pics of themselves in a similar state, with a handful of them earning attention from the "Heart Attack" singer, who offered props for beautiful smiles, skin and more.
NEWS
March 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Eating disorders among teens is dangerous enough. Now researchers say these teens face a higher likelihood of having more psychological problems, including suicidal thoughts. There’s no sure-fire cure for any of these self-destructive and potentially fatal behaviors, but learning how to identify them is the first step. Friends may be the first to be aware that something's wrong. People with anorexia nervosa, for example, don't eat enough because they think they're too fat -- even though they may be very thin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1997 | DADE HAYES
The second Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention Week at Cal State Northridge, coinciding with a nationwide observance, will take place next Monday through Friday at the university. About 5 million Americans--and more than 5% of college students--suffer from such disorders as bulimia and anorexia, according to the National Institutes of Health.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Lady Gaga, who has faced a week of open criticism for gaining weight, confronted detractors Tuesday the best way she knows how: by rallying her legion of fans and also revealing something personal, a battle with eating disorders. After an Amsterdam concert displayed a fuller-figured Gaga, blogs ignited with comments and side-by-side comparisons of her shape. A radio interview saw the singer admit she'd put on more than 20 pounds, by her count. "I'm dieting right now because I gained, like, 25 pounds," she said . "I really don't feel bad about it, not even for a second.
SPORTS
July 10, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Last in a series of occasional stories on L.A.-area athletes hoping to make it to the Olympics. Linda Dawson will be sitting inside a velodrome in London early next month, waving a small American flag and trying to figure out track cycling, a sport she doesn't completely understand. It seems like the least she can do for the woman who saved her life. Dotsie Bausch will be introduced to the crowd as a world-record holder and medal contender in the woman's team pursuit, but Dawson, a 52-year-old attorney from Paris, Ky., knows that description doesn't begin to tell the story of the Irvine cyclist.
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