Study ties childhood infections to eating disorders later in life

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses the new research.
1:45 | 04/25/19

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Dr. Jill coming up on "Gma" on Tuesday. Jen Ashton, there is a new study out tying eating disorders to childhood infections. A massive study that appeared in the journal of the American medical society psychiatry and looked at half a million teenage girls and followed them prospectively down the road into the future and found girls hospitalized for childhood infections and who have received anti-infectives, antibiotics, anti-fungal agents had a significantly greater risk of developing anorexia, bulimia and generalized eating disorders. A lot of theorys and don't know why. This study based on association not cause and effect but there are a lot of theories about the gut/brain access and interaction between that and the central nervous system. Could be parental issues as well but very, very interesting data and a lot of intense research in the feel of eating disorders in territories of what causes them. What should parents be on the lookout for. First of all that they affect boys as well as girls even though this study looked at girls. So many different types of eating disorders but some basic clues would be irregular eating habits especially eating in the bedroom or avoiding food at the table, excessive exercise and an unusual interest in food. Either way. Absolutely and seek medical attention. This needs to be treated and it can be treated. An infection that ends up, you end up in the hospital. They don't specify. They do and that immune connection is documented but a lot of focus looking at our immune system, inflammation and how it affects central nervous system and sigh kyety. James bond exclusive.

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