Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa

Cynthia Bulik: Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa


 

In this podcast, Tabitha Farrar talks to professor Cynthia Bulik about the research underpinning the genetic locus for Anorexia Nervosa. In this podcast we discuss:

  • Past and present research on the genetics behind Anorexia Nervosa and other eating disorders
  • Implications for treatment
  • Anorexia Nervosa and OCD links
  • History of Anorexia Nervosa back to the starving saints
  • Importance of parents and family support in eating disorders
  • Anorexia and energy deficit
  • Anorexia and money
  • Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa

Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED, is Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. She is also Co-Director of the UNC Center for Psychiatric Genomics. Dr. Bulik is also professor of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She is passionate about translating science for the public.


Link to the most recent work on Anorexia genetics:

Significant Locus and Metabolic Genetic Correlations Revealed in Genome-Wide Association Study of Anorexia

Link to Cynthia Bulik’s website:

http://www.cynthiabulik.com

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About Tabitha Farrar

I work as Head of Marketing for a software startup in Boulder. As a recovered Anorexia sufferer, I advocate for proper understanding of eating disorders in my spare time. On that note, I wrote a book about my own journey into eating again called Love Fat.

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