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Anorexia not just a psychiatric problem, scientists find

Press/Media: ResearchAcademic

15/07/2019

Prof. dr. Kas is a member of an international team of scientists who have found that the devastating eating disorder anorexia nervosa is not purely a psychiatric condition but is also driven by problems with metabolism.
Researchers made the discovery after comparing the DNA of nearly 17,000 people with anorexia and more than 55,000 healthy controls. Those with anorexia submitted their DNA through the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative or the eating disorders working group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium.
The study revealed eight genes that linked anorexia to anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, all of which was expected. But it also flagged up DNA involved in burning fat.

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Related Publications
  1. Genome-wide association study identifies eight risk loci and implicates metabo-psychiatric origins for anorexia nervosa

    Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative & Kas, M. J. H., Aug-2019, In : Nature Genetics. 51, 8, p. 1207-+ 11 p.

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