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January 31, 2015

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3:48 PM | Whose Culture is it Anyway? Disentangling Culture and Eating Disorders – Part 5
We’ve begun to scratch the surface of the vast and growing literature on cultural context and eating disorders in the previous 4 posts in this series. Of course, as I reflected the other day, there could (maybe should?) be a blog solely devoted to this topic- each time I read another study in this area, it pulls me down the rabbit hole into another related area. In what will be the last part of this series for now, I’ll review a study by Bennett, Sharpe, Freeman, and Carson (2004) […]

January 28, 2015

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2:30 PM | Whose Culture is it Anyway? Disentangling Culture and Eating Disorders – Part 4
The more I write about culture and eating disorders, the more I want to know. I keep finding more articles to add to the mix; I know I’m far from the first to be interested in how culture and eating disorders intersect, and for that matter, what counts as “culture.” Still, this has been a fascinating exploration so far! In case you’re curious, this is to be the second last post in the series for now at least. There will be one more after this, about eating disorders in […]

January 25, 2015

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2:13 PM | Whose Culture is it Anyway? Disentangling Culture and Eating Disorders – Part 3
The articles I’ve looked at so far in this series (Becker, in part 1, and Keel and Klump in part 2) give us some insight into the idea that the link between “Western” societies and eating disorders is more complex than a simple matter of media exposure. But, having read these studies, I was still left a bit wanting in terms of unpacking that black box of “culture” that gets tossed around in scholarly and popular literature. What, exactly, are we talking about when […]

January 21, 2015

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3:15 PM | Whose Culture is it Anyway? Disentangling Culture and Eating Disorders – Part 2
In this post I’ll continue on the trend of considering the “culture bound” nature of eating disorders by looking at another commonly-cited article about eating disorders and culture. In this article, Keel & Klump (2003) look at the cultural and historical facets of anorexia and bulimia. They looked at whether eating disorders were present in other sociohistorical and cultural contexts in order to determine whether AN and BN are “culture […]

January 18, 2015

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7:16 PM | Whose Culture is it Anyway? Disentangling Culture and Eating Disorders – Part 1
Often, in writing about eating disorders, you will come across references to how some consider these disorders to be “culture bound.” If you start to unpack what researchers and clinicians are referring to, you might come to the conclusion that “culture bound” means specific to one particular culture or society, for example, modern Western society. By extension, you might then think that the more “Western” a culture is, the more likely that there will be […]

January 09, 2015

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2:21 AM | Temperament in Eating Disorders (A Meta-Analysis)
Much research has been done on personality traits associated with eating disorders, and, as I’ve blogged about here and here, on personality subtypes among patients with EDs. For example, researchers have found that individuals with AN tend to have higher levels of neuroticism and perfectionism than healthy controls (Bulik et al., 2006; Strober, 1981). Moreover, some traits, such as anxiety, have been associated with a lower likelihood of recovery, whereas others, such as impulsivity, […]

Atiye M, Miettunen J & Raevuori-Helkamaa A (2014). A Meta-Analysis of Temperament in Eating Disorders., European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25546554

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2:21 AM | Temperament in Eating Disorders
Much research has been done on personality traits associated with eating disorders, and, as I’ve blogged about here and here, on personality subtypes among patients with EDs. For example, researchers have found that individuals with AN tend to have higher levels of neuroticism and perfectionism than healthy controls (Bulik et al., 2006; Strober, 1981). Moreover, some traits, such as anxiety, have been associated with a lower likelihood of recovery, whereas others, such as impulsivity, […]

January 02, 2015

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11:46 PM | Resistance is (not so) Futile? Exploring Treatment Resistance in Eating Disorders
To me, the idea of “treatment resistance” in eating disorders sparks some ill feelings. While many have suggested that treatment resistance is common among those with eating disorders, others have noted how receiving the label of “treatment resistant” can make it more difficult to receive needed support or impact how one is perceived in treatment settings and how one’s behaviours are interpreted (e.g., Gremillion, 2003). Of course, this is a tricky ground to […]

Abbate-Daga, G., Amianto, F., Delsedime, N., De-Bacco, C. & Fassino, S. (2013). Resistance to treatment in eating disorders: A critical challenge, BMC Psychiatry, 13 (1) 294. DOI: 10.1186/1471-244X-13-294

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