Rachel Gross 
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Re: “The Bulimic Brain

Hi Tilly,

I'm sorry you felt that way about the article, and glad to hear about your successful recovery. I wanted to take the time to respond to your concerns.

First, I can understand where you might get the idea that bulimia is forever. In talking to therapists and women with eating disorders, I've found that one of the major controversies in the eating disorder community is whether or not one can fully recover from the disease, or whether they in some way continue to deal with eating disordered thoughts. The answer is not yet clear. It depends on where eating disorders stem from, which is what the article explores. I also wanted to point out that Greta Gliessner, a woman who I spoke to who also suffered from a severe eating disorder, said that she successfully recovered from her disorder and is now a therapist for those struggling with drug abuse. Her story is on page 4.

The cancer analogy was one used by the CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association, not myself. I would agree with your comparison of eating disorder to using drugs or alcohol to cope, a connection that the article explores in the second half. I draw on the idea of addiction as one way to understand the behavioral cycle of eating disorder by consulting a researcher at the National Institute of Drug Abuse. “The Bulimic Brain” refers to the research underpinning the story, which has found new evidence that an individual with an eating disorder may have different neural responses than one without.

I hope this helps. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Best,
Rachel Gross

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Posted by Rachel Gross on 07/07/2011 at 12:17 PM

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