Title

Role of Puberty and Ovarian Hormones in the Genetic Diathesis of Eating Disorders in Females

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-10-2019

Publication Title

Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America

Abstract

Puberty is a critical risk period for eating disorders (EDs). ED incidence increases across the pubertal period and becomes female predominant, and genetic influences on disordered eating significantly increase. Surges of ovarian hormones, particularly estrogen, may drive this increasing genetic effect for EDs in pubertal girls and contribute to differential phenotypic presentations beyond puberty. In this article, we explain phenotypic associations between puberty and disordered eating and present evidence showing underlying genetic and hormonal influence. Potential benefits of communicating roles of genetic influence to people with or at risk for EDs are also discussed.

Keywords

Puberty; Eating disorders; Anorexia nervosa; Bulimia nervosa; Binge eating disorder; Binge eating; Progesterone; Estrogen

Disciplines

Developmental Psychology | Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists

Language

English

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