The Genetics of Eating Disorders

August 30, 2017

(Scientific American) – While more and more people have come to understand that eating disorders are diseases of the brain, there’s still a widespread belief that people with these devastating conditions are vain, attention-seeking, or lacking in will power. But a paper just published in Plos One makes it clear that this isn’t true. The study evaluated the genomes of 95 individuals with diagnosed eating disorders and identified 430 genes, clustered into two large groups, that are more likely to be damaged than in people without those disorders.

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