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Women with anorexia display clear autistic traits, even once the eating disorder is under control and they have achieved a normal weight
The similarities between anorexia and autism in women are also seen in a part of the brain which process social skills
It has long been known that individuals with autism have disturbed eating behavior.
After a year when their health had generally begun to improve, they still had the negative thought patterns and behavior around food that characterizes individuals with autism.
A food smell that is unbearable, a dining companion making loud mouth noises or an aversion to the whole idea of eating together with others. These were the types of things that could make women regress long after the acute stage of anorexia. The autistic traits remained even after the body had been nourished and repaired.
They actually also had problems with multi-tasking. Cutting food and chewing at the same time was a challenge, and this is something that is also prevalent in individuals with autism,”
“The fact that this is hard for patients with anorexia is something that has not previously been noticed or understood. It may be suspected that this partly is to do with the food and weight anxiety, but it was so clear that it is also linked to social factors,” she continues.
MRI scans also showed that women in the group had the same changes as women with autism in the parts of the brain linked to social cognition. This is due to thinning of the gray matter just behind the temple area, which was not present in the healthy comparison groups or in men with autism.
originally posted by: MrSensible
a reply to: tikbalang
Without doing further research, and as a very off-the-cuff comment, this research seems somewhat flawed by the fact that Anorexia can be cured. People can be rehabilitated, their eating habits can be changed, and their feelings towards food can be curbed to represent a more normal approach. I don't believe there's a cure for Autism.