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21-06-2017 15:34

The guideline "Relapse Prevention Anorexia Nervosa" is now available in English. Its intend is to provide guidance in working with a relapse prevention plan to prevent or early detect r...

01-02-2017 10:44

Prof. dr. Annemarie van Elburg has been appointed as honorary member of the NAE for the many activities she has undertaken in her past two terms as chairman of the NAE. 07-06-2016 16:22

Personality traits and uncertainty as a predictor for eating disorders

2014-11-12 10:27:01

Body temperature as a prognostic marker for recovery in anorexia nervosa patients

To date, the initial aims and efforts in the recovery from anorexia nervosa (AN) have focused on normalizing eating behavior and weight restoration. Nevertheless, a notable discrepancy is seen between the amount of food intake and the observed weight gain. Several studies have showed that this discrepancy could be due to the often observed decline in body temperature in AN patients. Both experimental animal and human clinical studies have shown that food intake, physical activity and thermogenesis are integrated processes which are closely involved in the regulation of the energy balance. Therefore, the aim of this study is to determine the long and short term effects of eating behavior on thermoregulation in anorexia nervosa patients. Body temperature and physical activity before and after treatment within AN patients will be compared, as well as differences in thermoregulation between patients and healthy controls. The results of this study will hopefully clarify whether body temperature is an indicator for a negative energy balance in AN patients, and whether this parameter may function  as a prognostic marker for recovery after a period of weight loss.

People involved: Annemarie van Elburg, Roger Adan, Rahul Pandit,
Lisanne Stessen and Milou Pet



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