2013 in Review: Most Popular Posts & Most Searched Queries of 2013

It is 2014! How did that happen? The year went by quickly; I defended my MSc, settled comfortably into self-employment, made huge strides in my recovery, and went to my first eating disorder conference.  I also helped Liz with psychoeducation seminar on Reward Systems in Eating Disordes, which she delivered in November at Sheena’s Place. It as a blast and I learned a lot from Liz. (Maybe I’ll organize myself and deliver my own seminar’s at Sheena’s Place in the near future. That would be fun.)

2013 was a busy year for me, but it was awesome. Really awesome. So awesome that posting frequency decreased in the last few months of 2013. And although I’m not making any promises for 2014, I do hope to write more. There’s so much left to write about! So many topic to cover.

I’d like to give a big thanks to SEDs contributors Liz, Andrea, and Shelly for writing such wonderful and informative posts in 2013. Here’s to more of the same!

But I digress.

Here’s a look at 2013’s most viewed posts, most commented posts, and most searched queries. Enjoy! And if you have any suggestions or requests (about anything), feel free to leave a comment or email me.

P.S. If you are using Facebook updates to keep up with new blog posts, you may want to consider switching to something else. Two to three months ago, my posts on FB would  get ~1,000 or so views; now, they get around 50-80. I am not going to pay money to “popularize” the posts and make them more likely to appear on your feed, so if you want to keep up to date, you can switch to using RSS feeds, subscribing via email, following me on Twitter, Tumblr, or NetworkedBlogs, or just checking the blog once in a while.

TOP 10 MOST VIEWED POSTS

Here’s a list of the top 10 most viewed posts from those published in 2013. Shelly’s posts on chewing and spitting take the first and second prize. My post on Stephanie Zerwas’ 2013 study comes in third place. Stephanie was kind enough to take the time to leave a comment addressing others’ questions and concerns about the study.

1. Chewing and Spitting: A Neglected Symptom in Eating Disorders?
2. Your Body’s Response to Chewing and Spitting: The Role of Insulin
3. Factors Associated with Recovery from Anorexia Nervosa
4. What’s The Point of Bingeing and Purging? And Why Can’t You Just Stop?
5. Avoiding Refeeding Syndrome in Anorexia Nervosa
6. Bingeing and Purging Marathons: Repeated Binge/Purge Cycles in Bulimia Nervosa
7. Dopamine and Anorexia Nervosa: Tackling the Myths – Part I (Intro)
8. Rigid Food Rules in Eating Disorders: Is Perfectionism to Blame?
9. What Really Goes On Inside Pro-Ana Communities? (Maybe They Are Not So Bad After All)
10. Personality Traits after Recovery from Eating Disorders: Do Anorexia and Bulimia Patients Differ?

TOP 10 MOST COMMENTED POSTS 

Andrea’s post on Michael Strober and Craig Johnson’s paper discussing the need for, well, more complex ideas in the treatment and conceptualization of anorexia nervosa garnered the most comments. I’d say it wins the prize for being the most controversial post of the year. I think Andrea did a great job of summarizing the original article’s main points. (I may be biased; I thoroughly enjoyed Michael Strober’s remarks during the ICED 2013 conference.)

1. Beyond Simple Solutions: The Need for Complex Ideas in Anorexia Nervosa
2. Calorie Restriction, Anorexia Nervosa, and Memory Gaps
3. What’s Wrong with How We Talk about Eating Disorders in the Media and in ED Communities – Part II
4. International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) 2013: Personal Reflections
5. Family-Based Treatment for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa: Hype or Hope?
6. Interpreting Anti-Obesity Campaigns with a History of Disordered Eating
7. Avoiding Refeeding Syndrome in Anorexia Nervosa
8. What’s Wrong with How We Talk about Eating Disorders in the Media and in ED Communities – Part I
9. Factors Associated with Recovery from Anorexia Nervosa
10. Excessive Exercise in Eating Disorders

TOP 20 MOST SEARCHED TERMS (THAT LED TO THE BLOG)

Here’s a list of the top 20 searches that led to the blog, excluding “science of eds,” “science of eating disorders” and the like, since those are obvious (and boring). The top two beat the others by far. The search “chew and spit” was around 4.2x more popular than “anorexia recovery.” Many of the top searches undoubtedly led to Shelly’s posts on chewing and spitting: Clearly, we need more information out there (So thanks Shelly for writing about this important but overlooked symptom!). Same number more than once indicates a tie. I am not entirely sure how “dopamine” and “serotonin” searches (without any other key words like “eating disorders”) would lead to the blog, but hey, I’m not complaining.

1. chew and spit
2. chewing and spitting
3. anorexia recovery
4. chewing and spitting food
5. chronic anorexia
6. dopamine
7. benefits of anorexia
8. does the media cause eating disorders
9. skinny models in the media
10. anorexia genetic
11. atypical anorexia
12. recovery from anorexia
13. is anorexia genetic
13. pro ana
15. models and eating disorders
16. chew and spit disorder
17. serotonin
17. media causes eating disorders
17. etiology of eating disorders
18. chew spit
19. bulimia serotonin
20. outreach programme chronic anorexia

TOP 20 MOST VIEWED POSTS in 2013 (PUBLISHED IN 2012 & 2013)

Here’s a list of the top most viewed posts in 2013, regardless of the year the posts were published in. My not-very-well-written-and-way-too-long post exploring eating disorders in blind women was by far the most popular post. I wish I had spent more time writing it, but oh well. Again, Shelly’s posts take the 2nd and 3rd prizes.

1. Does Too Much Exposure to Thin Models Cause Eating Disorders? Anorexia, Bulimia in Blind Women (2012)
2. Chewing and Spitting: A Neglected Symptom in Eating Disorders? (2013)
3. Your Body’s Response to Chewing and Spitting: The Role of Insulin (2013)
4. Benefits of Starving and Why You Don’t Have a “Chemical Imbalance” (2012)
5. Factors Associated with Recovery from Anorexia Nervosa (2013)
6. What’s The Point of Bingeing and Purging? And Why Can’t You Just Stop? (2013)
7. Weight Restored, Eating Well, But No Menses in Sight? Huh? (2012)
8. Eating Disorders: Do Men and Women Differ? (2012)
9. Serotonin Function in Bulimia Nervosa – Brain Circuits & Behaviour (2012)
10. Avoiding Refeeding Syndrome in Anorexia Nervosa (2013)
11. How Can We Treat Chronic and Severe Anorexia Nervosa? (On the Need for New Approaches) (2012)
12. Bingeing and Purging Marathons: Repeated Binge/Purge Cycles in Bulimia Nervosa (2013)
13. The “Double Life” of Bulimia Nervosa: Patients’ Perspectives (2012)
14. 3 Personality Subtypes in Eating Disorder Patients: Which One Fits You? (2012)
15. What You Should Know About Anorexia Nervosa and Bone Health (2012)
16. Dopamine and Anorexia Nervosa: Tackling the Myths – Part I (Intro) (2013)
17. Rigid Food Rules in Eating Disorders: Is Perfectionism to Blame? (2013)
18. The Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa (2012)
19. What Really Goes On Inside Pro-Ana Communities? (Maybe They Are Not So Bad After All) (2013)
20. Personality Traits after Recovery from Eating Disorders: Do Anorexia and Bulimia Patients Differ? (2013)

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