Anorexia might have a bacterial cause


Anorexia may be caused by bacteria which confuse the immune system, leading it to attack the brain and trigger feelings of personal disgust, scientists have suggested

The theory is the first time that the eating disorder has been linked to a physical infection, in contrast to the traditional view which blames psychological, environmental and social factors.

Experts from Lancaster University and Morecambe Bay NHS Trust also believe that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have similar pathologies.

They say it ‘stretches credibility’ to think that such serious conditions are simply the result of mental trauma or psychosocial problems.