Tag Archives: anorexia

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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The treatment variables that affect long-term recovery

The basic goals of eating disorder treatment are to reduce or eliminate ED symptoms, address co-morbid disorders, and improve quality of life. When researchers study these treatment in clinical trials, they generally focus on the first issue and seek to ask whether this treatment reduces ED symptoms. It’s not a bad goal for an ED […]

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At the intersection of obesity and EDs: Body weight, risk factors, and diagnosis

A study has been making the rounds and the headlines today with items like this: Eating Disorders Often Go Undiagnosed in Patients Who Have a History of Obesity Could Obese Teens be at a Higher Risk for Anorexia, Bulimia? Overweight But Anorexic Teens Are Often Overlooked By Doctors (STUDY) Pretty significant stuff. And, based on […]

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Getting off the scale: Non-weight severity markers in anorexia

One of the most common catchphrases in the eating disorder community is, “It’s Not About the Weight!” Although I’d love nothing more than to change this to “It’s About More Than Just Weight!,” the fact is that, in most cases, treatment for an eating disorder depends mostly on weight. If your BMI doesn’t fall below […]

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The things that take the place of ED

One of the things that helped me the most in recovery was finding something that was as interesting and enthralling for me as the AN once was. As I started to emerge from the AN and from starvation, I needed a reason to keep going. It’s one thing to eat in treatment, but I could […]

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The other side of hunger cues: fullness cues

So my treatment team talks a lot about hunger cues and when the return and what they mean. I’m not saying I never had trouble with hunger cues because I did. But hunger cues aren’t the only game in town. Fullness cues are the flip side of hunger cues, and the generally receive the short […]

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Anxiety, anorexia, and estrogen: Interpret the links with care

Some research that’s been making the rounds online, as well as on Twitter and Facebook, is the reports of a recent finding that showed an estrogen patch decreases anxiety in AN. It sounds great on the surface: anxiety is a big factor in the development and prepetuation of anorexia, so finding something that would decrease […]

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Through a door sideways: Body size distortion in anorexia

When I was a grad student in Baltimore, I lived in a 400 square foot studio apartment. Two of the doors were normal sized (the front door and the one to the bathroom), but one that opened off from the bedroom into the back bathroom area was narrow. As in, I had to be careful when […]

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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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The stories we tell ourselves: Narratives and EDs

I’ve written volumes about eating disorders over the years–beginning before I was even diagnosed. Most of the writings were personal, private- scribbled by dim desk light as my roommate (any of them) snoozed in the bunk a few feet away. I didn’t create them as stories. They were more the semi-deranged ravings of someone who […]

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