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A tale of two anorexia genetics studies

Over the past month, there have been two major, news-grabbing studies on the genetics of anorexia. Both of these studies carried headlines saying something like “Anorexia genes found!” There are several problems with this: There are no such thing as “anorexia genes” These two studies were VERY different and found VERY different things. Given that the […]

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Puberty and Eating Disorders- The Perfect Storm

Puberty sucks. Let’s just get that out of the way. Your body is changing, sprouting breasts and zits at the most inopportune of times. The angst of being more or less “developed” than your friends (hello, locker room comparisons!) is difficult. Then there are the psychosocial changes. Your peer relations grow much more complicated, you […]

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Finding better genes- the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative

Recently, the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Center announced the beginning of ANGI: the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative. The goal is to gain a better understanding of the genes involved in AN. When I heard this announcement, I immediately wanted to know more. So I got in touch with lead investigator Cynthia Bulik and […]

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Picking Apart Picky Eating, Part 1: Selective Eating in Children

“Try it–you’ll like it!” It’s something children and toddlers hear a lot. Most kids go through phases of picky eating, sometimes even fairly extreme. Mostly, this is part of normal development. From an evolutionary standpoint, where not all foods were safe to eat (especially combined with a young child’s desire to put everything they can […]

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Let me repeat myself: The media doesn’t cause EDs

Last month, I was asked to contribute an essay to the magazine Emirates Woman about whether the media causes EDs. They were having a debate–a 2-page spread–between two different people about the relative importance of EDs and the media. My editor emailed me the final copy today, and I’m excited to share it with you. […]

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Rethinking ED Prevention

In honor of the last day of eating disorders awareness week, I thought I would do a post on what we know about preventing EDs. A lot of what is discussed during the week (besides the obvious “awareness” bit) is how to prevent EDs. So for those of you that don’t have much time to […]

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