Genetic Links to Eating Disorders Recognized: Research

Genetic Links to Eating Disorders Recognized: ResearchAccording to a latest report, after a four-year-study, the researchers have come to a conclusion that there are genetic links to the diseases like anorexia and bulimia.

Fifteen scientists from all over the world conducted the study mentioned above.

Anorexia refers to a disease where the patient faces an eating disorder characterized by immoderate food restriction and irrational fear of gaining weight, as well as a distorted body self-perception. It typically involves excessive weight loss and usually occurs more in females than males.

Whereas, Bulimia is an emotional disorder characterized by a distorted body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight, in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by fasting or self-induced vomiting or purging.

UI Psychiatry Assistant Professor Michael Lutter said, "On one level, it is strong evidence that these are biological, not just behavioral, illnesses, so hopefully, that will bring awareness".

The findings of the 15 researchers will hopefully help the future scientists and doctors in the treatment of these diseases in an effective manner.

Lutter also said that he hopes that these findings will lead to earlier diagnosis of the diseases in the patients, which can help doctors to treat them as quickly as possible.