Researchers Explore the Genetics of Eating Disorders

Cynthia Bulik began her scientific career studying childhood depression. But while she was working as a research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh in the 1980s, psychiatrist David Kupfer asked her to help write a book chapter comparing electroencephalography studies in depression and anorexia. As preparation, she shadowed a psychiatrist at a hospital inpatient unit for people with eating disorders.

Memory of last meal influences when, how much rats eat next

Research suggests boosting meal memories could help manage overeating in the article written in the Society for Neuroscience on January 14, 2019.  

Researchers have identified cells in the brains of male rats that appear to control future food intake by preserving memories of past meals. The study lends support to the idea of boosting meal memories as a strategy for managing overeating.  The study, published in eNeuro, lends support to the idea of boosting meal memories as a strategy for managing overeating.

Understanding Neurobiology and Eating Disorders

With more than 100 million neurons supporting trillions of connections, the human brain is an amazing consequence of the interaction between genetic variation and natural selection driven by the environments in which our ancestors lived.  Because of the significance of food to our survival and the ensuing evolutionary pressures, a significant portion of the human brain is dedicated to the motivational, emotional, hedonic and cognitive information processing that supports decisions about when, what, and how much we eat, and how to acquire those foods.

NEDIC Journal now available

Now available! The Journal of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre featuring papers from #NEDIC2017.  

We are very excited to share the inaugural Journal of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre. This journal is borne out of our desire to provide information that is research-based, evidence-based, and represents best practice. We want the journal to share new information from the field, build community and move the conversation forward.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019!

Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is February 1-7, 2019 and the CFE is busy promoting this year's theme, "Eating Disorders Can't Afford to Wait!" in hope to bring awareness that million's of people across Canada are currently struggling, with limited resources to provide support.

Guidelines for the Use of Exercise in Eating Disorders Treatment

A rapidly growing body of evidence suggests that exercise may be manageable in some, but not all, people with an eating disorder (ED). Accordingly, several recent narrative and meta-analytic reviews have concluded that when nutritional needs are satisfied, exercise appears to be a safe option in ED treatment (see Cook et al., 2016 for review). These preliminary results are encouraging and suggest that under close supervision and in the absence of medical or nutritional contraindications, exercise may be an efficacious adjunct to standard ED treatments.

Avoidant & Restrictive Food Intake Disorder & Family Therapy

Family therapy is proven to be vastly helpful in treating numerous mental illnesses and eating disorders are no different. Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is often experienced by children and, therefore, can be particularly helped when the family becomes involved in treatment.


ARFID is a disorder new to the DSM-V but is experienced by nearly 13 to 22% of patients with an eating disorder diagnosis. Previously, it was referred to as “Selective Eating Disorder.”

What is Professional Trauma and Fatigue?

During my MSc research project back in 2016, 'Professional Trauma and Fatigue' was the way I decided to practically describe the collection of concepts that can affect your health and wellbeing when you work with other people. How listening to their stories, their experiences of pain and trauma, can have a dramatic effect on you as a practitioner.

Self-admission to Inpatient Treatment

In this post, Mattias Strand, Psychiatrist for Stockholm Centre for Eating Disorders, discusses the background to, and main claims of, a recent paper, "Self‐admission in psychiatry: The ethics".

Positive Body Image in Men: Research illuminates positive body image in heterosexual and sexual minority men

In recent years, the body-positive movement has seen a rise in popularity and visibility. An overarching aim of the movement is to promote respect for all body types, regardless of characteristics like body shape, weight, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, or gender.