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Genes play key role in making people susceptible to eating disorders



Posted On: Aug. 5, 2011

Washington, July 27 (ANI): People may be genetically predetermined to possess personality traits and temperaments that make them susceptible to eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, according to a new research.

An international team of scientists has identified possible genetic variations that could influence a patient's recovery from the diseases.

Their findings may provide new insights into development of effective interventions for the most treatment-resistant patients with these disorders.

"This study sheds light on important 'SNPs' or genetic variations within an individual's DNA, associated with long-term, chronic eating disorders," said Walter H. Kaye, MD, director of University of California, San Diego's Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program.

"These variations suggest genetic predictors for patients who may be particularly susceptible to eating disorders and whose illnesses are most difficult to treat effectively."

According to the study's lead author, Cinnamon Bloss, PhD, assistant professor at STSI, the findings could eventually help pave the way toward a more individualized approach to treating patients with eating disorders.

The study has been published in the journal Neuropsychopharmcology. (ANI)

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