Researchers have identified a genetic link for eating disorders. Professor Howard Steiger from McGill University, Montreal revealed the discovery in epigenetics last week, which explains how adverse development can cause mental health problems. "'The science of epigenetics is relatively new. Epigenetics helps explain how adverse development, stress, malnutrition and other influences can affect development of mental-health problems - including eating disorders," the Age quoted Professor Steiger as telling the National Eating Disorders Collaboration National Workshop. According to Professor Steiger, epigenetics would play a growing role in understanding eating disorders. "It's very significant. If eating disorders are about anything, they're about the ways in which environments switch on hereditary vulnerabilities," the Age quoted him as saying. "'It will give us a better understanding [about] how it is that some people develop an eating disorder. It's not due to moral weakness or character flaws, but real susceptibilities, for which we can find real physical evidence," he said. By identifying the genes Professor Steiger hopes to develop a test and even medication. The findings of the study were presented at a conference in Adelaide last week.Source: ANI << Study Says Wind Plays Key Role in Polluting Cities Alzheimer's Disease Affects Women More Rapidly Than Men: St... >> Recommended Reading Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder most commonly found among teenage girls. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a very low body weight, generally defined as 15% below the Body Mass Index. READ MORE Orthorexia Nervosa Are you a Health Food Junkie? Are you obsessed with what you eat all the time? You may be a victim of a condition called Orthorexia Nervosa. READ MORE Anorexia or Bulimia Screening Test Do you binge-eat secretly most of the time? Or do you feel so guilty after eating that you badly want to self-induce vomiting and get the food out. Check out if you are a victim of eating disorder. READ MORE Pinterest Helps To Fight Eating Disorders Pinterest, a new popular social network is now helping people suffering from eating disorders by letting them to 'pin' photos of their favorite items. READ MORE Binge Eating Disorder When a person overeats, he is unable to control his hunger pangs, while during an emotional/binge eating session, he is incapable of controlling his emotions. READ MORE Bulimia Nervosa The term ''Bulimia'' refers to episodes of uncontrolled excessive eating, known as "binges," followed by self-induced vomiting or purgation. READ MORE Chronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder? Chronic dieting is associated with eating disorders that mainly include unhealthy eating practices such as severe calorie restriction in diet of men or women who on a regular basis follow fad diets mainly to reduce weight. READ MORE Diabulimia Diabulimia is an eating disorder particularly in patients with type I diabetes caused by reducing and/or skipping insulin doses. READ MORE Eating Disorders Eating disorders involve extreme attitudes and behaviors towards food and weight. It has the highest suicidal mortality rate than other mental illnesses. READ MORE Female Athlete Triad Female athlete triad is caused by extreme dieting and exercise usually among young women athletes and leads to abnormal menstruation, an unhealthy body and in extreme cases even death. READ MORE Loss of Taste Symptom of loss of taste usually occurs in combination with loss of smell and can be complete loss or partial loss of taste. It can also be temporary or permanent, though the latter is very rare. READ MORE Sleep Eating Disorders Sleep-related eating disorders are abnormal eating behaviors that occur during night. Sleep related eating disorder is a part of parasomnias. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia A-Z Drug Brands in India Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) More News on: Binge Eating DisorderAnorexia NervosaBulimia NervosaSleep Eating DisordersLoss of TasteFemale Athlete TriadEating DisordersDiabulimiaChronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder?