Thursday, April 11, 2019

Current Research and News 2/2019


Eating Recovery Center’s Binge Eating Treatment and Recovery Program launches study to examine successful treatment elements. Eating Recovery Center (ERC), announces the launch of a new study that will examine elements of treatment that are necessary for successful reduction of and/or abstinence from binge eating and other eating disordered behaviors in a sample of patients with binge eating disorder (BED) and Bulimia Nervosa (BN). Conducted through ERC’s Binge Eating Treatment and Recovery (BETR) Program, this groundbreaking study will examine predictors of successful treatment in 100 consecutive patients admitted to ERC’s Residential and Partial Hospitalization program. The study will also look at how treatment impacts psychosocial variables, behavioral indices – such as binge eating intensity, frequency, and duration – and medical and health related outcomes. To learn more, click here.

An experimental investigation into the use of eye-contact in social interactions in women in the acute and recovered stages of anorexia nervosa. People with anorexia nervosa (AN) report significant difficulties in social functioning and a growing literature is beginning to explain some of the differences in social skills that might underlie the social challenges experienced by patients. One vital area of social functioning that has been largely neglected to date is how eye-contact is used in the context of social stimuli and in social situations. METHODS: This cross-sectional, experimental study used eye-tracking to measure the frequency and duration of eye-contact made with the eye region of interest (ROI) of (1) static social stimuli (man and woman Ekman faces displaying basic emotions); (2) moving social stimuli (a video of two actors conversing); and (3) during a real-life social interaction in 75 women (25 with AN, 25 recovered from AN, and 25 non-AN controls; mean age = 27.18, SD = 6.19). RESULTS: Participants showed greater eye-contact during a real-life social interaction than when viewing static social stimuli. Those with AN made contact with the eye ROI of the static and moving social stimuli and during a real-life social interaction significantly less often and for significantly less time than non-AN controls. Those recovered from AN showed greater eye-contact than the acute group but significantly less eye-contact with the eye ROI across the static and moving social stimuli and during the real-life social interaction than non-AN controls. DISCUSSION: These findings contribute new knowledge regarding the types of social skills that people with AN may need additional support with to allow them to make greater use of social support in their recovery. Int J Eat Disord. 2018 Dec 22. doi: 10.1002/eat.22993. [Epub ahead of print]

Large-scale genomic studies of anorexia and bulimia are turning up clues about the conditions’ development and persistence. Find the links here:

The University of Chicago's Eating Disorders Program (PI: Dr. Jennifer Wildes) is looking for adolescent girls aged 12-19 for a research study being conducted to better understand relations between biological measures, cognitive function, and eating problems in adolescent girls. The study includes interviews, questionnaires, behavioral tasks, an MRI brain scan, and a blood draw. Individuals may be eligible to participate if… They are female. They are between the ages of 12 and 19 years old. They are currently restricting the amount of food they eat. The study will occur across at least 2 study visits at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. Participants can receive $150 for taking part in study activities. For more information, please call (773) 834-0362 or email

Differential diagnosis of eating disorders. The clinical symptoms of eating disorders can mimic those of other chronic diseases including gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders making the diagnosis and management of both conditions challenging. The review listed below describes what is known about eating disorders in adolescents with chronic gastrointestinal and endocrine diseases, focusing on celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, and thyroid disorders. Click on the link for more:  (purchase required for the full article)

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