Sydney Morning Herald
March 6, 2009
There has been a discovery concerning anorexia. Scientists have found a piece of DNA in a gene that regulates a chemical called nor epinephrine. It is linked with anxiety and compulsive behavior. A study has shown that parents can pass on a version of this gene. There has been a connection made with the gene and the development of the illness. Many non anorexic people have a version of the gene, but may only exhibit perfectionism in things like tidiness.
The study can be of much help for the treatment of this often fatal disorder. This research showing that it is partially genetic helps ease the guilt of patients and their parents. The view of the illness has greatly changed. New theories say that it’s a brain disease. Anorexia was before only thought of as being completely psychological. There is more research starting to show otherwise.
Ashley Porch
March 6, 2009