Research Reveals Genes Linked To Eating Disorders
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Research Reveals Genes Linked To Eating Disorders

August 26, 2019


. TONIGHT’S HEALTH WATCH AN ESTIMATED 30 MILLION IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE AN EATING DISORDER. NOW NEW RESEARCH FOUND THERE ARE CERTAIN GENE THAT MAKE A PERSON MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP THE SERIOUS EATING DISORDER. MAX GOMEZ EXPLAINS. FOR TEN LONG AND DIFFICULT YEARS KYA LIVED WITH EATING DISORDERS, FIRST ANOREXIA AND THEN BULIMEA. IT’S ON TOP OF HAVING THE WORST CRITIC INSIDE YOUR HEAD ALL THE TIME. YOU DO FEEL LIKE IT’S YOUR FAULT. NOW SCIENTISTS IN AUSTRALIA SAY THEY CAN IDENTITY PEOPLE AT RISK FOR ANOREXIA BY LOOKING AT THEIR DNA. LOOKING AT EXAMPLES 17,000 PEOPLE WORLDWIDE WITH THE ILLNESS AND 55,000 WITHOUT, EIGHT GENES WERE IDENTIFIED. STILL SOME MISUNDERSTANDING THAT PEOPLE CHOOSE IT. THAT’S NOT TRUE. PEOPLE DON’T HAVE CONTROL AFTER THEY CATCH IT. THE STUDY FOUND STRONG LINKS BETWEEN THE ILLNESS AND OTHER CONDITIONS LIKE OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER AND ANXIETY. THEY FOUND IT’S METABOLISM THAT PLAYS A ROLE. MAYBE PEOPLE ARE PROCESSION THOSE CARBS AND FATS IN WAYS DIFFERENT FROM THE REST OF THE POPULATION. NOW THERE ARE HOPES THAT A DRUG WILL BE DEVELOPED IN THE FUTURE TO HELP TREAT THE ILLNESS. WHAT HAS GIVEN BIG PART OF MY LIFE BACK AND MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WOULD HAVE — I COULD HAVE BEEN CURED RATHER THAN FEEL THAT I HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT BY MYSELF. IT’S IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT GENETICS ISN’T NECESSARILY DESTINY. MANY FACTORS GO INTO SO NO ALL CARRIER ALSO DEVELOP AN EATING DISORDER. KNOWING IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT GOES A LONG WAY TO REMOVING THE STIGMA.

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