July 26, 2011

Win some, lose some, keep trying

We know that eating disorders are biologically based, and that your risk is mostly influenced by the genes you are born with (53-83%, higher than any other mental illness). We don't know exactly how it works or what combination of genes, epigenetics, and environment are involved.

Think of an uncharted map, a large one. It may take a lot of identifying which genes DON'T affect risk but then every once in a while there's a hit, too. This is big. Genes won't explain everything - there are only a handful of diseases for which finding a single gene was all we needed to know - but knowing where to start will help us identify and change the environmental influences as well.

Keep going, researchers, and thank you!

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