• Thu, Oct 18 2012

Why Do People With Higher IQs Have More Eating Disorders?

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The Bible would have you believe that individuals with intellectual curiosity were just gobbling down fruit left and right.

However, the journal of Psychological Medicine, a more current source, claims that:

The children in the high-risk group showed some significant cognitive differences. Those who had a close relative with anorexia were found to have better working memory – the ability to temporarily hold and process useful information while suppressing irrelevant information – and a higher IQ, on average. However, this group also showed reduced attentional control. In other words, they were less able to inhibit a well-learned response in a test where they were prompted to say the opposite of what they would normally say. Children with a family member with bulimia nervosa were found to do less well in tasks involving assembling of an object, displaying poorer visuo-spatial functioning than the control group.

So the kids most likely to become anorexics or bulimics are smart and mildly inattentive. Unfortunately, that sounds like everyone I know. Obviously this entails a lot of speculation, but why do you think there’s a connection between those two factors? Surely you do not need to have an IQ of 150 to notice that most models in fashion magazines have the same body type, so it’s not as though anyone with a lower IQ is simply blissfully unaware. What do you see as being the connection? Throw out some theories. Throw out information like a serpent.

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  • alexandra

    “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” – Ernest Hemingway

  • jamiepeck

    Smart people are more fucked up in general. Maybe as a result of understanding how fucked up the world is? Also, there are a lot of socioeconomic factors that factor into someone’s performance on an IQ test (which is far from an objective measure of mental aptitude) and eating disorders tend to get diagnosed and treated more in middle class to rich people than in poor people. Confirmation bias?

  • Tania

    Possibly the fact that intelligence often comes hand in hand with mild obsessive behaviours, and eating disorders are as often about control as they are about body image? When you’re smart, you’re better able to see exactly how little control you have over your environment, so the obsession with control over your food intake/upchuck can help give you a sense of control in a world you feel lost in.

  • Tania

    Possibly the fact that intelligence often comes hand in hand with mild obsessive behaviours, and eating disorders are as often about control as they are about body image? When you’re smart, you’re better able to see exactly how little control you have over your environment, so the obsession with control over your food intake/upchuck can help give you a sense of control in a world you feel lost in.

  • Tania

    Possibly the fact that intelligence often comes hand in hand with mild obsessive behaviours, and eating disorders are as often about control as they are about body image? When you’re smart, you’re better able to see exactly how little control you have over your environment, so the obsession with control over your food intake/upchuck can help give you a sense of control in a world you feel lost in.

  • Tania

    Possibly the fact that intelligence often comes hand in hand with mild obsessive behaviours, and eating disorders are as often about control as they are about body image? When you’re smart, you’re better able to see exactly how little control you have over your environment, so the obsession with control over your food intake/upchuck can help give you a sense of control in a world you feel lost in.

  • Tania

    Possibly the fact that intelligence often comes hand in hand with mild obsessive behaviours, and eating disorders are as often about control as they are about body image? When you’re smart, you’re better able to see exactly how little control you have over your environment, so the obsession with control over your food intake/upchuck can help give you a sense of control in a world you feel lost in.

  • Tania

    Possibly the fact that intelligence often comes hand in hand with mild obsessive behaviours, and eating disorders are as often about control as they are about body image? When you’re smart, you’re better able to see exactly how little control you have over your environment, so the obsession with control over your food intake/upchuck can help give you a sense of control in a world you feel lost in.

  • Tania

    Possibly the fact that intelligence often comes hand in hand with mild obsessive behaviours, and eating disorders are as often about control as they are about body image? When you’re smart, you’re better able to see exactly how little control you have over your environment, so the obsession with control over your food intake/upchuck can help give you a sense of control in a world you feel lost in.

  • Tania

    Possibly the fact that intelligence often comes hand in hand with mild obsessive behaviours, and eating disorders are as often about control as they are about body image? When you’re smart, you’re better able to see exactly how little control you have over your environment, so the obsession with control over your food intake/upchuck can help give you a sense of control in a world you feel lost in.

  • Tania

    Possibly the fact that intelligence often comes hand in hand with mild obsessive behaviours, and eating disorders are as often about control as they are about body image? When you’re smart, you’re better able to see exactly how little control you have over your environment, so the obsession with control over your food intake/upchuck can help give you a sense of control in a world you feel lost in.

  • Tania

    Possibly the fact that intelligence often comes hand in hand with mild obsessive behaviours, and eating disorders are as often about control as they are about body image? When you’re smart, you’re better able to see exactly how little control you have over your environment, so the obsession with control over your food intake/upchuck can help give you a sense of control in a world you feel lost in.

  • Tania

    Possibly the fact that intelligence often comes hand in hand with mild obsessive behaviours, and eating disorders are as often about control as they are about body image? When you’re smart, you’re better able to see exactly how little control you have over your environment, so the obsession with control over your food intake/upchuck can help give you a sense of control in a world you feel lost in.

  • http://twitter.com/PortraitOfMmeX Madame X

    Why do you think models cause eating disorders?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003032510552 Snodia Love

    When you’re smart, you’re better able to see exactly how little control you have over your environment, so the obsession with control over your food intake/upchuck can help give you a sense of control in a world you feel lost in. http://www.cnaincalifornia.com/nursing-schools-in-southern-california/

  • gg

    insipid responses.
    no, its now a proven MYTH that people of middle class and higher economic status are more likely to have eating disorders. check your information, certainly dont go by sites like these, read PEER REVIEWED research.
    more importantly why is everyone so surprised that people with this form of behavioural and mental disturbances are often intelligent too? oh could it be that the stereotype is young impressionable girls – a group not often associated with high intelligence?
    THINK PEOPLE