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Home > Research Articles > Heat May Help Cure Anorexia

Health Media Ltd

Sunday, June 30, 2002

Heat May Help Cure Anorexia Health Media Ltd - June 28, 2002 Scientists in Sweden say it could be beneficial to young people with eating disorders to rest in hot rooms. Their research indicates that temperatures of around 40˚ C can help treat anorexia and bulimia. A seven-year study found 75 per cent of 168 patients treated with heat after meals regained normal weight, with an average recovery time of 14 months. The patients were trained to eat progressively bigger portions of food, while the heat stopped them from moving and burning off the energy they had taken in. Professor Per Sodersten, of the Anorexia Centre, in Stockholm, said, "Treating anorexic patients with warm temperatures is an old method which was long forgotten in the medical world."