What You Need to Know

Eating disorders are among the most prevalent, disabling, and potentially fatal psychiatric illnesses, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated their burden, with a 15.3% increase in incidence in 2020 compared with previous years.1 This increase was almost difficult among adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa (AN), which is often insidious in onset and more difficult to … Read more

New Med for Severe Mental Illness Tied to Less Weight Gain

Olanzapine plus samidorphan (Lybalvi) vs olanzapine alone is associated with less weight gain while achieving similar clinical outcomes in patients with recent-onset severe mental illness, new research suggests. However, least one expert says the weight difference between the two drugs is of “questionable clinical benefit.” Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved … Read more

First Guidelines for Managing Anorexia in Pregnancy

The first comprehensive guidelines to manage pregnant women with anorexia nervosa (AN) have been released. Pregnant women with AN are at greater risk of poor outcomes including stillbirth, underweight infant, or pre-term birth, yet there are no clear guidelines on the management of the condition. “Anorexia in pregnancy has been overlooked area of ​​clinical care … Read more

Jury Is Out on Universal Screening for Eating Disorders

There is insufficient evidence to weigh the balance of benefits and harms of screening for eating disorders in adolescents and adults, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says in their first-ever statement on the topic. Eating disorders (binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa) can cause “serious harms to physical and psychosocial health … Read more

Innovative ‘Chatbot’ Reduces Eating Disorder Risk

Engaging with a “chatbot,” a computer program that simulates human conversation, helps prevent eating disorders (EDs) in at-risk individuals, new research suggests. Results of a randomized trial show that at-risk women who interacted with the chatbot showed lower concern about their weight and body shape compared to a wait-list control group. “Chatbots are widely used … Read more