Study Shows Link Between Anorexic and Autistic Behaviors

Study Shows Link Between Anorexic and Autistic Behaviors

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Mar 29, 2014, at 9:50 pm


FOR SOME, IT MAY SEEM LIKE AUTISM AND ANOREXIA would be the last two things to compare, but after a recent study, similarities have been found between the two disorders. Autism expert Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues tested anorexic teenage girls and found that they scored high on standard tests for autism.

Both anorexic and autistic traits consist of obsessive, repetitive behaviors, struggling with social interaction, and high interest in systems. These systems could involve puzzles or maps for an autistic boy. For an anorexic teenage girl it could mean an obsession with food or weight. In addition, other characteristics and behavior such as a lack of empathy, rigid behavior, and self-preoccupation seem to come with both disorders. As a result, this knowledge and understanding of the behavioral connections between the two could open the door to new treatments for anorexia in the future.

To read the full article, please visit Scientific American

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