Science of Eating Disorders (SEDs) is dedicated to making peer-reviewed eating disorder research accessible to the public and ending the myths that surround eating disorders and those affected by them.
The goal of SEDs is more than just a one-way dissemination of knowledge; it is also to foster an interaction between the writers and the readers. The idea is to foster meaningful conversations and ultimately enrich the content of the website.
At the present time, the specific goals of SEDs include:
Along with what SEDs is about, it is also important to state what you WILL NOT find:
Please keep in mind that I try to give as much freedom as possible to contributors to write about whatever interests them. That means that we don’t all necessary agree; there is no joint agenda. My primary reason for wanting blog contributors is to broaden the content and vary the writing styles. And perhaps more importantly, to negate the individual biases we all bring to the table. What we share in common is our desire to understand, summarize, and disseminate peer-reviewed eating disorder literature.
A bit on why do this?
I want to do this because I like science, I really enjoy science writing, and I’m horrified at the quality of journalism in many (though not all) media outlets with regard to eating disorders and science more broadly. I am inspired by blogs on ResearchBlogging.org and ScienceSeeker.org. I wanted to blog about peer-reviewed research, and I decided I felt the most comfortable writing about eating disorders, which is not surprising, given my education and personal experience.
I am not doing research in the field of eating disorders, human genetics, brain imaging (unless you count worm brain imaging), or indeed most of what I hope to write about. I study neuronal development and neural circuitry in C. elegans. That means I’ll probably get stuff wrong (or just not quite right). While I do have a degree in neuroscience and have taken many courses in cellular, molecular, and behavioural neuroscience, as well as some molecular biology and genetics, I may misinterpret results, or miss obvious flaws in the methodology, for example.
But here’s the great part: you can comment or email to tell me about it! In fact, please do! Especially if you happen to be a grad student studying eating disorders or using the methods I mention, an eating disorder expert, or better yet co-author of the paper. I’d love to correct myself in the post and make a note about the correction in the following one. That’s the beauty of blogging. I know some things about neurobiology, genetics and eating disorders, and I’d like to share that knowledge with others who may be interested, because I have the desire and the time, but many people know way more about these topics than I do, and I’d love it if they shared their knowledge with me.
Looking forward to hearing from you,