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Here’s what has been suggested so far. If we blogged about it, there will be a link to the post (in brackets are links to somewhat related topics):

– drug/alcohol rehab/treatment vs residential treatment for EDs
– quality of life for ED patients, especially post-recovery
– evolutionary perspective on EDs
– treatment of EDs around the world
– health economics perspective
– depersonalization in eating disorders
– readiness for change/factors associated with that (age/maturity/ED duration?)
– link between eating disorders and depression
– personality disorders (changes in DSM-V?) and how they relate to eating disorders
– alternative/creative therapies in EDs (music, art, dance, drama)
– link between introversion and EDs (from a neurobio perspective)
– intelligence and EDs
– stealing and hoarding in eating disorders
– endorphins


Suggestions that have been blogged about:

dance and eating disorder recovery
– adult-onset eating disorders (especially adult-onset bulimia)
– vegetarianism and veganism and how it related to EDs and ED recovery
– autism and anorexia nervosa link (and this post to some extent)
– cross-cultural studies of eating disorders
– yoga in association with ED’s (when is it okay to start, is it helpful?)
– diabetes and eating disorders (diabulimia)
– longstanding/chronic eating disorder, palliative care/hospice care (ethics of force-feeding)
– eating disorders in the lesbian community
nonpurging bulimia (where does it fit?)
– memory loss (and related issues) and anorexia
– link between obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) & EDs
– experiences/perspectives of siblings of ED patients

Suggestions I’ve started to cover:

refeeding syndrome
– predictors of treatment success and remission (this, although focused on maintaining change after treatment)
– developmental/early life risk factors for EDs (this, though focused on prenatal risks)
epidemiology, demographics of EDs (prevalence, occurrence & mortality)
 PTSD and BN
– endocrinology and EDs (see category)


34 Responses to “Topic Suggestions”

  1. An article/blog about diabetes and eating disorders/ED-DMT1 (please refer to

    Posted by Claire Kearns | September 5, 2012, 8:31 PM
    • Very important topic, thanks for the suggestion Claire, much appreciated :)

      Posted by Tetyana | September 5, 2012, 8:57 PM
    • Claire, I was wondering if you would be interested in writing a guest post for SEDs on this topic as you have lived experience & expertise and thus I’m sure can do deeper justice to the issue than Tetyana, A., Gina or I who can only appreciate in the abstract the complexity and difficulties that having diabetes brings to having an ED. And I know you’re a good writer. :)

      No pressure, just a thought. Take care.

      Posted by Saren | September 6, 2012, 11:26 PM
    • Claire – I agree with Saren, I think you would do a much better job of writing about this important topic than any of us currently contributing to the blog. If that doesn’t sound good for you right now, feel free to ask others who you think would do a good job/have experience with diabetes and eating disorders. You can send me an email at tetyana[@]scienceofeds[.]org to discuss.

      Posted by Tetyana | September 7, 2012, 11:12 AM
    • I’m not in recovery (yet) but I just really wanted to get a better understanding of something. So here’s my story: I have been restricting my calories for 2 years now. I didn’t realize I had a problem until a year into falling into this disorder. And it was too late.. I started having chest pains, blacking out, my skin was orange, cold all the time (I would wear a sweatshirt in 80+f degree weather), etc. and I was scared. So I attempted self-recovery while still staying under 1,000 calories. My self-recovery only lasted 2 or 3 months and gained 5lbs. Now I’ve gained even more weight (about 5lbs more) and I can’t loose weight even with eating 300-580 calories a day. My BMI is now 15.2 My skin is no longer orange, I’m not nearly as sensitive to cold as I use to be, my hair looks (mostly) heathy again, skin isn’t so dry it bleeds, and I don’t black out anymore. So my question is, how is it possible that I feel so much better (physically) with eating so little and not losing weight? I’m not asking for tips or anything of course, I’m just really confused and curious.


      Posted by Hannah | October 5, 2014, 9:17 PM
      • At your extremely low intake, your metabolism is probably severely suppressed so a little can go a long way–although I suspect most of the weight you’ve gained is just water retention. Please don’t mistake the minor improvements you’ve seen for being ‘healthy.’ You’re still severely underweight and your heart and other organs are likely dangerously weakened. I would urge you to seek help to gain weight to a sustainable level and repair your body fully.

        Posted by Lindsay Atnip | October 12, 2014, 9:22 PM
  2. I wondered if you could post some research to do with non-purging bulimia, particularly bingeing/starving. I know it’s relatively uncommon, but if you cam across anything in your studies that would be super helpful! Thank you x

    Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013, 8:45 PM
    • Yup! Great idea. There was a prevalence study that showed it is not really as uncommon as we might think. I think it was as high as 25%. Can’t recall what study now, though. I will add it to the list, thanks.

      If there’s anything specific you want to see about the topic, let me know.

      Posted by Tetyana | April 15, 2013, 11:39 PM
  3. Could you post about binge eating disorder?

    Posted by Sarah | April 16, 2013, 8:30 PM
    • I can, yes.

      Is there anything specific? What would you like me to post about, because it is a huge area.

      The reason I haven’t done anything on BED is really just because I don’t find myself reading those papers or being that interested in the research, so I don’t feel like I have enough background on it. It is not because I don’t think it is an eating disorder (it is!) or that it is any less important (it isn’t!), it is mostly that I find myself gravitating toward research on restricting and purging.

      That said, I can do posts on it if people are interested in reading about. I will also ask Liz because I have a feeling she has more knowledge on that.

      Thanks for the suggestion!

      Posted by Tetyana | April 16, 2013, 10:15 PM
  4. Tetyana,

    I suspect that you and Shelly are all over this stuff, but as a layperson who’s been following developments in epigenetics for many years, I thought this wrap up of …..some fairly new findings regarding the nature of inheritance was pretty interesting :

    Bob J.

    Posted by bob johnson | April 21, 2013, 8:55 PM
  5. People with BN or AN-b/p “doing it” together. A potential phenomenon that may exist… Doubt there’s any empirical science on it tho.

    Posted by hmm... | May 11, 2013, 5:38 PM
  6. Pre-morbid BMI, weight restoration, and amenorrhoea in relation to set-point theory? I know that DSM-5 is removing the amenorrhoea criteria from the AN diagnosis, but I’d like to know more about why it occurs at different BMIs for different people (aside from the fact that BMI isn’t a great measure of health), and how post-recovery BMIs compare to pre-morbid BMIs…I was intensely annoyed at finding that I had to reach a BMI of 20 (rather than 18.5 as was often quoted at me) to get my periods back!

    Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2013, 2:53 PM
  7. I would like to hear your opinion on the “Mini Maud” guidelines of recovery for AN, “restrictive eating disorders” given on the website “Your Eatopia”

    Posted by Kianni | July 26, 2013, 9:59 PM
  8. Dear Tetyana, Great blog! Recently Duclos 2013 and her colleagues tested Sodersten and Bergh’s theory against my adapted-to-flee-famine hypothesis of AN. Their evidence supported my Guisinger, 2003 article. Understanding that the powerful urges of anorexia nervosa made sense when starving hunter gatherers needed to travel to find food helps AN patients resist them.Anorexia nervosa sufferers need a compelling narrative to help them defy the anorexic voice that tells them not to eat and to run. Thank you, Shan Guisinger

    Posted by Shan Guisinger | January 15, 2014, 12:21 PM
    • Hi Shan,
      Thank you so much for your comment. I actually have your Guisinger et al. article on my computer but have yet to read it; I will download Duclos et al. paper. What do you mean “a compelling narrative to help the defy the anorexic voice”? Defy or understand? The evolutionary side of things is definitely interesting to think about, but as you know, difficult (if not impossible) to test experimentally.

      Posted by Tetyana | January 23, 2014, 11:28 PM
  9. Thank you so much for your work and this blog! I would love to see something along the lines of experiences/perspectives of spouses of ED patients.

    Posted by Danielle | February 3, 2014, 12:12 PM
  10. Great work here! I was wondering if you could research and post some info on PANDAS/PANS and it’s relationship to eating disorders. I know of several cases of PANDAS morphing into eating disorders. Thanks!

    Posted by Tired Mom | March 11, 2014, 6:11 PM
  11. I would love to see if any clinical research has been done on the effect of EDs and orthopedic injuries. I am almost recovered from an ED myself and used to be an over exerciser, which I am not anymore. However, I am 31 and have had many orthopedic issues, particularly with my foot. I always wonder if it’s because I didn’t treat my body right, nutritionally, for half my life. What role does nutrition have on orthopedic issues, particulary when it comes to tendonitis/tendonosis, arthritis, etc. The effects on bones has been studied and known.

    Posted by Jill | March 26, 2014, 3:14 PM
  12. Hi! Do you have/could you find/could you cover research regarding gender nonconforming women and EDs? Especially any that aren’t just comparing rates with other women! Some friends and I have been striking out finding much.

    Posted by b | August 7, 2014, 1:07 PM
  13. i’d love to see more research on link between introversion and EDs (from a neurobio perspective), as well as OCD and ED and PTSD and EDs. thank you for your blog.

    Posted by jmbeatty | August 26, 2014, 7:00 PM
  14. I would love to read about atypical anorexia (specifically restrictive eating disorder with no B/P symptoms that doesn’t meet weight criteria for AN)

    Posted by Miriam | September 11, 2014, 11:09 PM
  15. Hi! What about women with anorexia wanting to start a family in the future but have not had a menstrual cycle in almost 10 years?!


    Posted by Kristyn | September 26, 2014, 6:42 PM
  16. Have you seen this article hot off the press?

    I would love to read your analysis of it and wonder if you’ll find it as depressing as I do.

    Posted by Eva Musby | September 30, 2014, 1:43 AM
  17. Can you do a post about “casual bulimia” and how some people are able to b/p regularly/ over a long period of time without it becoming a full-blown disorder/ addiction?

    Posted by C | October 20, 2014, 11:50 PM

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