While the research on eating disorders has been historically limited in comparison to other mental health illnesses, there are dedicated researchers who have gained momentum in their work to better develop the field. Below you will find prominent research that has held up to be imperative in furthering the understanding and treatment of eating disorders.
- The Perfect Storm – A Bio-Psycho-Social Risk Model for Developing and Maintaining Eating Disorders- Guido K. W. Frank. Effects of puberty, environmental factors and brain structure on dopamine reward system and the way that plays out in AN, BN, BED (obesity in this case) “In this article I propose that extremes of eating in human EDs alter brain function, in particular dopamine related pathways, and create a biological vicious cycle that interferes with recovery.”
- Why I Care About BOTH Genes and Environment in Eating Disorders: The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) and AN25K– Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED. “Adding even greater complexity, it is not just these two independent forces that influence eating disorders risk, but myriad ways in which genes and environment can act and co-act to both increase risk and to buffer someone from developing an eating disorder.”
- Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels This article written by Walter H Kaye, MD, Christina E Wierenga, PhD, Ursula F Bailer, MD, Alan N Simmons, PhD, and Amanda Bischoff-Grethe, PhD gives an overview of the Neurobiology of Anorexia Nervosa.
- Genetic Epidemiology, Endophenotypes, and Eating Disorder Classification This article provides a review of several traits, known as endo- and subphenotypes that might help develop a biologically based classification for eating disorders.
- Anorexia Nervosa: Valued and visible. A Cognitive-Interpersonal Maintenance Model and its Implications for Research and Practice An exploration of interpersonal value and of anorexia-nervosa and proposed intrapersonal benefits that are suggested to be maintaining factors of the illness.
- Psychological Treatment of Eating Disorders This article by G. Terrence Wilson, Carlos M. Grilo and Kelly M. Vitousek provides an overview of treatment efficacy and future challenges for treating anorexia-nervosa, bulimia-nervosa and EDNOS.
- The Need for Complex Ideas in Anorexia Nervosa: Why Biology, Environment, and Psyche All matter, Why Therapists Make Mistakes, and Why Clinical Benchmarks Are Needed for Managing Weight Correction Michael Strober, PhD, ABPP and Craig Johnson, PhD “Who doesn’t wish for a treatment that can alleviate suffering quickly? But to think there is a decisive way of accomplishing it is risky and naive. Teaching parents skills to assist with weight gain is a good thing; we should do it. What is not a good thing is failing to recognize it must coincide with a seasoned ability to infer when the conditions for its success may not be present and how other interventions can assist.”
- Eating Disorders by the Inside Out In this Ted Talk Dr. Laura Hill outlines the neurological and functional experience from the perspective of a person with an eating disorder