Why Science of Eating Disorders?
I started this blog because I wanted to write about science and blog about peer-reviewed literature; I felt that writing about eating disorders made the most sense given my personal history and my background in neuroscience and molecular genetics. Besides, blogging about sensory neuroscience in invertebrates (the coolest, I absolutely adore small neural circuits and lower-level sensory processing) wouldn’t be as popular and there are a lot of good neuroscience blogs out there, anyway, so why not eating disorders? I originally planned to blog mostly about neuroscience and genetics, but as you can tell, it is much more than that now. It is not so much about “science” in a strict sense as much as it is about peer-reviewed research. The content is really dictated by the interests of the contributors.
My goal is to facilitate knowledge synthesis, translation and dissemination, as well as to encourage readers to think critically about published research (and what media outlets often report). I want to share the findings in the eating disorder research community. I want to tackle the myths that surround eating disorders. And I want those struggling with eating disorders, as well as their friends and family members, to not feel ashamed, at fault, weak, or guilty for having an eating disorder. Our brains are organs just like our stomachs, hearts and lungs; if I don’t feel guilty or ashamed for having a stomach ache, I shouldn’t feel guilty for harbouring powerful irrational thoughts.
Use the contact page to get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions, and enjoy the blog!