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Hormone Imbalance Responsible for Eating Disorder

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Home Eating disorders Hormone Imbalance Responsible for Eating Disorder

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Ever wonder why eating disorders are so prevalent in our society today? A recent study held at the University of Alberta may have discovered a key reason behind eating disorders amongst people.
According to the study scientists are blaming a hormone called grehlin to be responsible for this disorder that has become a serious issue in our society today. In the study scientists stated that the hormone grehlin appears to be the cause of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). PWS is an eating disorder that causes a person to feel like they are constantly hungry.
While PWS only affects one in every 10,000 people it is believed to be one of the main reasons behind childhood obesity among children today. Andrea Haqq, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta commented on the issue by saying that most people who suffer from PWS live in homes that enable their eating habits. When comparing normal obese people to people suffering from PWS, the study found that people with PWS had five times of the amount of the hormone grehlin than the normal obese people. In order to treat this eating disorder it needs to be made clear that the patient must be restricted on the amount of food they are allowed to eat on a daily basis. Even though the issue of childhood obesity is not an issue that can be solved overnight, this study teaches us that some eating disorders are genetic. This research can definitely help therapists treating patients with this disorder and hopefully more research can be done in the future to find a cure to PWS.