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Anorexia and Bulimia: Cracking the Genetic Code

New research suggest a person's genes may point to a propensity for developing an eating disorder.

Treating Anorexia as a Genetic Disorder continued...

"Whereas we have developing treatments for eating disorders that are more and more effective, the majority of people still struggle to access them," says Doug Bunnell, past president of the National Eating Disorders Association and clinical director of the Renfrew Center of Connecticut. "There aren't enough clinicians trained to do this, and not enough funding for a process of treatment that often takes a very long time."

"We need to understand the genetic influence involved in eating disorders, and its impact on psychological functioning," agrees Strober. "Bridging that gap of understanding will reduce stigma, inform the public, target the focus of therapy, and bring eating disorders rightly under the rubric of medical/psychological conditions as opposed to social phenomena."

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