Tag Archives: genetics

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┬áno such thing as “anorexia genes” These two studies were VERY different and found VERY different things. Given that the […]

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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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