Depression, Anorexia Nervosa and Nutrition: Effects of Starvation on Endocrine Function and Mood

  • M. M. Fichter
  • K. M. Pirke
  • F. Holsboer
  • W. Kempin
  • W. Weiss


A substantial body of literature has emerged concerning disturbances in neuroendocrine functions in anorexia nervosa (Vigersky, 1977; Beumont & Russell, 1982; Weiner, 1983). Although there are some indications that many of these disturbances are secondary to the reduced calorie intake, this notion has been disputed by others. In order to clarify the effect of starvation on neuroendocrine functions, an experimental study was conducted with healthy volunteers. Results of this study also raise the question as to what extent reduced calorie intake or weight loss are responsible for mental endocrine disturbances in other mental disorders associated with weight loss such as (endogenous) depression or alcoholism.


Luteinizing Hormone Anorexia Nervosa Neuroendocrine Function Hamilton Depression Scale Endogenous Depression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. M. Fichter
    • 1
  • K. M. Pirke
    • 2
  • F. Holsboer
    • 3
  • W. Kempin
    • 1
  • W. Weiss
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Psychiatr. Univ. MunichMunich 2Germany
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Inst.of PsychiatMunich 40Germany
  3. 3.Dept. Psychiatr. Univ. MainzMainzGermany

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