Photo: Qld scientists unlock anorexia genes Queensland scientists have helped find the first eight genes associated with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. Australian researchers helping to unlock the secrets of anorexia have found genetics play a huge role in the onset of the eating disorder. Scientists from QIMR Berghofer were part of the international team that identified the first eight genes associated with anorexia nervosa. About 3100 Australians and New Zealanders who are living with or have recovered from the disorder contributed their DNA to the study, which delved into almost 17,000 cases worldwide. Cateyana Martinez is one of those who took part. She was diagnosed with anorexia as a 15-year-old, but the illness later morphed into bulimia and remained until she was 25. "It’s hell," she said of the illnesses. "On top of having the worst critic inside your head all the time, you do feel like it’s […]