April 23, 2012

Born this way?

More coverage of recent brain research reveals interesting dynamics between the way we look at these illnesses. Nature and nurture, but how much of which?


ANOREXIA LINKED TO BRAIN PROBLEM, OFFERING NEW HOPE IT CAN BE TREATED



We are moving on from the either/or argument, I believe, and on to a more interesting conversation of how much, and for whom. Then let's really get on to what we can change about nature and nurture to help prevent, lessen, and cure eating disorders.

5 comments:

  1. There was an "or" argument? Scheez, I must have missed that. It is great that the rest of the world is catching up with those of us who worked this out a while ago.....

    Charlotte Bevan

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  2. I LOVE IT!!

    It's interesting that they believe that the disorder starts early in life. That may be true in many cases (they estimate 1/3). I think that for many others, malnutrition itself changes the brain in a predictably anorexic way.

    O, for more studies like this!!! Psychology, meet neurology.

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  3. Interesting, Colleen. My understanding is that while the disorder's origins are early in life they don't SHOW themselves until malnourishment+adolescence. Same for other illnesses, like diabetes and schizophrenia, and most cancers.

    I assume that one day we'll have a way to detect the presence of this predisposition early in life and find ways to delay or avoid it. I hope!

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  4. I came across this report re. Prof Bryan Lask's take on this topic(which you may have seen???) http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2012/mar/health-professor-claims-blood-flow-brains-anorexia-sufferers-distorts-body-image-even-

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