EDAC-ATAC Update on Research

Published: The Effects of Stigma
Congratulations to Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos, Leslie McCallum, and team who published two recent articles that explored the role of stigma and eating disorders. The first, entitled: The Effects of Stigma on Recovery Attitudes in People With Anorexia Nervosa in Intensive Treatment was published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease in May 2016. The second study, entitled: “You Don’t Have Anorexia, You Just Want to Look Like a Celebrity”: Perceived Stigma in Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa was published in the December 2015 edition of the Journal of Mental Health.
Published: The Role of Motivation
Dr. Lea Thaler and team members at the Douglas in Montreal also recently published a paper in the International Journal of Eating Disorders that explored the Role of Autonomous versus Controlled Motivation in Predicting Inpatient Treatment Outcome For Anorexia Nervosa. In this study, autonomous motivation was found to be a significant predictor of change in severity of eating symptoms and attitudes such that patients with higher pre-treatment levels of autonomous motivation showed larger post treatment reductions in ED symptoms and comorbid psychopathology
Featured: The Last Word on Prevention and A Call for Social Justice
Finally, Eating Disorders: the Journal of Treatment and Prevention featured a special issue in January 2016 that focused on Eating Disorder prevention. In this issue: The Last Word on Prevention, Dr. Gail McVey wrote about the importance of building partnerships with prevention experts that target other mental health problems while Drs. Shelly Russell-Mayhew & Angela D. Grace wrote an article entitled: A Call for Social Justice and Best Practices for the Integrated Prevention of Eating Disorders and Obesity.