Eating Disorders and Anxiety

One measure of how the growing body of good, useful information about eating disorders is getting out into the world is that it is increasingly available OUTSIDE the eating disorder world, like this: Eating Disorders and Anxiety, an interview with Cynthia Bulik.

Well worth listening to!


  1. Yes, I agree it's well worth listening to... I very much like the way she describes, towards the end of the interview, that many professionals are no longer viewing EDs primarily as socio-cultural phenomena, but as having a genetic component. (It throws the whole Naomi Wolff thing upside down... thank goodness).

    And yes, as a former AN sufferer I will support the notion that AN is anxiolytic. The hardest part of recovery is coping with horrendous panic and anxiety.

  2. Very useful. There are several people who I would like to see this - will have to work on creative ways of slipping it into their tea!

  3. Laura,

    As we parents know, just because you recover from AN (or any ED), it doesn't mean you overcome your tendency to be anxious. I've struggled with this in regards to my daughter for some time fact, just wrote to Dr. Ravin about it. I'd like to know how do other parents help their 'anxious personality' kids/adult children tamp down that fight or fright reaction? I don't think my daughter is going to relapse, but I do see her as at increased risk for depression should something stressful happen in her life. And, as we know, living with chronic stressful feelings (which I know she does) are not good long-term for anyone.

    Ideas? She is resistant to CBT...I've tried that route.


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