Robust ED Research

If we’re really going to fight this disease effectively, we need more current and far-reaching statistical analysis, clinical studies, and innovative action research. So much of the eating disorder research that’s out there is old or overly generalized, and it doesn’t give us a detailed picture of this illness or what to do about it. There is still so much we could explore about this disease that could help us better prevent, diagnose, and treat it:

  • the various causes and contributing factors, and how they interplay
  • the implications of these in terms of preventive intervention, especially in terms of education, health policy, and relationship dynamics in the family, at school, at work, and in the community
  • differences in ED experience among different populations based on income, education, ethnic background, and geographic location
  • outcomes of existing treatment options in terms of recovery rates and sufferer’s experience
  • evaluations of accessibility to viable treatment among vulnerable populations
  • investigations into the public healthcare funding actually available for EDs – be it for education, research, support, treatment, relapse prevention
  • Awareness levels among key influencers, especially healthcare providers; elected officials in the provincial and federal governments; both traditional and social media networks; and the the food, fashion, and fitness industries
  • Etcetera!!!

There is ample interest and expertise on the part of researchers. What we need is a serious commitment of research dollars (commensurate with that for other illnesses) to support a holistic and evidence-based approach to fighting eating disorders.

~ Anonymous

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