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Anorexia from womb hormones

4th December 2007

Research from the University of Sussex has shown that children who develop anorexia as they grow older may have been "programmed" to have the disease by hormones in the womb.

The study showed that men who had a female twin had an increased danger of the illness. The research was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry and the study's authors wrote: "A plausible explanation for this phenomenon is that in pregnancies bearing a female foetus, a substance is produced, probably hormonal, that increases the risk of having anorexia nervosa in adulthood".


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