Anyone who has attended any of my training – and especially my ‘Eating Disorder Workshop 2’ – will know that I teach based on a multi-factorial model; indicating that a complex weave of genetic, biological, psychological, experiential and social factors combine together in the development of an Eating Disorder. This is a presentation that I see daily with clients and one which I have very strongly advocated for years.
I am not alone in this belief. Nonetheless, many professionals tend to choose a ‘side’ and believe that Eating Disorders are genetic, or that Eating Disorders are caused by trauma. There have been lots of ‘either / or’ arguments in the field over the years.
However, we now finally have ‘hard’ scientific evidence (evidence that comes from something more scientifically measurable than clinic observations) that supports this multi-factorial model. Researchers at Columbia University Medical School have successfully replicated the combined factors required to ‘cause’ an Eating Disorder by controlling specific genetic expressions, nutrition and stress levels in mice. They found that the anorexic type response is only present in mice when all of those factors are applied together.
If you want to know all the details of the research you can head HERE to read it.
Details of our first event in Essex can be found HERE