August 22, 2014

10:51 PM | Using Animal Research to Justify Eating Disorder Treatment Practices: Are We Going Too Far? (On Eating Junk Food in Treatment – Part II)
As a follow up to Shirley’s post on eating hyper-palatable foods during eating disorder treatment , I asked Liz–SEDs’ resident expert on animal behaviour, particularly in relation to binge eating and drug addiction–to look at some of the studies that Julie O’Toole mentioned as evidence for Kartini Clinic’s guidelines of avoiding hyper-palatable foods for the first year of eating disorder recovery. If you missed Dr. O’Toole’s […]

Hagan, M.M., Wauford, P.K., Chandler, P.C., Jarrett, L.A., Rybak, R.J. & Blackburn, K. (2002). A new animal model of binge eating: key synergistic role of past caloric restriction and stress., Physiology & Behavior, 77 (1) 45-54. PMID:

2:12 AM | Einstein on the Beach- Reflections from a scientist
It’s not often that the world of physics and opera combine, but they did so in the State Opera of South Australia’s production of Einstein on the Beach. The opera, if you can call it that, was composed by Philip Glass and consumes itself within Einstein’s world. Instead of being a biographical story, it focuses […] The post Einstein on the Beach- Reflections from a scientist appeared first on The Other Side of Science.

August 15, 2014

7:20 PM | In Defense of Eating Junk Food in Eating Disorder Treatment
Should eating disorder patients be introduced to “junk food” or “hyper-palatable” foods during treatment? A few days ago, I stumbled across a blog post where Dr. Julie O’Toole, Founder and Director of the Kartini Clinic for Disordered Eating, argues against introducing “junk food” during ED treatment. The crux of the argument is that “hyperpalatable foods”—e.g., chips and Cheetos—are not real food and should never be forced or […]

Spring, V.L. & Bulik, C.M. (2014). Implicit and explicit affect toward food and weight stimuli in anorexia nervosa., Eating Behaviors, 15 (1) 91-4. PMID:

Steinglass, J.E., Sysko, R., Glasofer, D., Albano, A.M., Simpson, H.B. & Walsh, B.T. (2011). Rationale for the application of exposure and response prevention to the treatment of anorexia nervosa., The International Journal of Eating Disorders, 44 (2) 134-41. PMID:


August 11, 2014

5:23 PM | Unpacking Recovery Part 2: The Multiple Facets of Recovery
One of the most common definitions of eating disorder recovery I have seen comes from a 2010 study by Bardone-Cone et al. Before I begin exploring this study I thought I might direct readers to some more resources on recovery: Carrie Arnold over at ED Bites wrote a few posts about recovery on her blog, and the first in the series can be found here. In this post, Carrie looks at the 3 dimensions of recovery that surface in Bardone-Cone’s article, so I thought I might also explore a study […]

August 04, 2014

2:43 PM | Unpacking Eating Disorder Recovery Part 1: The Recovery Model
What does eating disorder recovery really look like? When you say the word “recovery,” differences of opinion loom large. The lack of definitional clarity around the concept of recovery came up many times at ICED, and continues to surface in discussions among researchers, clinicians, and individuals with eating disorders themselves. We’ve looked at recovery on the blog before (for example, Gina looked at how patients define recovery here; Tetyana surveyed […]

Dawson L, Rhodes P & Touyz S (2014). The recovery model and anorexia nervosa., The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, PMID:


July 31, 2014

11:18 PM | Serious Restrictive Eating Disorders Occur at Any Weight
Although the words “anorexia nervosa” typically conjure up images of emaciated bodies, eating disorders characterized by dietary restriction or weight loss can — and do — occur at any weight. However, precisely because anorexia nervosa is associated with underweight, doctors are less likely to identify eating disorders among individuals who are in the so-called “normal” or above normal weight range, even if they […]

Lebow, J., Sim, L. & Kransdorf, L. (2014). Prevalence of a History of Overweight and Obesity in Adolescents With Restrictive Eating Disorders, Journal of Adolescent Health, DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.06.005


July 28, 2014

11:55 PM | Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & Eating Disorders: Is There a Link?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, is a common childhood disorder. ADHD can often persist into adolescence and adulthood. The prevalence of ADHD is thought to be between 6-7% among children and adolescents and ~5% among adults (Willcutt, 2012). Increasingly, evidence from multiple studies has pointed to comorbidity between ADHD and eating disorders (EDs). For example, one study found that young females with ADHD were […]
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