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    Eating Disorders High In Females, Affects Mental Health

    By Staff

    You want to lose weight, you go for extreme dieting, and on the other hand you want to gain weight, you hog on food mindlessly. Well, this is one of the worst step that one can take up to get the desired weight.

    Food is not all that you should consider when it comes to weight loss and weight gain. Regular exercises along with a healthy diet is equally important.

    A new research has found that women are majorly affected by the eating disorder, also defined as a mental disorder that causes abnormal eating habits and negatively affects a person's physical or mental health.

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    For the study, the researchers took into consideration female participants, aged between 19 and 51 years, over 10 weeks. All the participants were diagnosed with anorexia, a type of eating disorder in which people avoid eating to maintain a low body weight.

    "It is important to stress that the study does not work on the assumption that issues concerning gender identity are only relevant to the experience and treatment of eating disorders in girls and women," said Su Holmes, researcher at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, the UK.

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    "The focus on how eating and body distress may be used to negotiate dominant ideas about gender and sexuality is similarly applicable to male patients, as well as gender minorities, even whilst the cultural constructions at stake may be different" Holmes added.

    Meanwhile, listed here are a few good foods for the brain. Have a look.


    1. Almonds:

    Rich in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, almonds are one of the best nuts. Adding a handful of almonds to your diet on a regular basis helps in keeping the brain healthy. For better results one could also soak the almonds in water overnight and have them in the morning.


    2. Pumpkin Seeds:

    Pumpkin seeds are known for its rich antioxidant properties. It contains magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc that will help in keeping the nerves healthy. Consuming pumpkin seeds on a regular basis helps in preventing neurological disorders, migraines, epilepsy and depression.


    3. Avocados:

    Rich source of folate and vitamin K, avocados help to prevent blood clot in the brain and thus reduce the risk of a stroke. Consuming avocados on a regular basis helps in improving the functioning of the brain and improves the memory. It also contains a good amount of protein but are low in sugar content.


    4. Broccoli:

    Broccoli is one of the best known cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli is rich in Vitamin K which is known to improve brain power. It contains a compound called glucosinolates which can slow the breakdown of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, which the central nervous system needs to perform its function properly and thus keep the brain healthy.


    5. Dark Chocolates:

    Dark chocolates are rich in flavonols, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Dark chocolates that are less processed not just helps to improve the blood flow, good for the heart and brains as well. Consuming dark chocolates in moderate amount help in keeping the brain healthy.

    Story first published: Monday, November 13, 2017, 21:00 [IST]
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