The Science of Eating Disorders: Why People Get Anorexia Nervosa

You know the hardest part about having an eating disorder?

It’s not feeling cold all of the time.

It’s not being weak and fragile.

It’s not the hunger.

It’s having no idea why, or how, you got anorexia.

I’ve been anorexic since I was 12 years old, and the worst part of the disease is feeling guilty. You feel like you’re “defective,” and that it’s somehow your fault.

Luckily, new research has come out that helps shed light on exactly why some people become anorexic, like me, and others don’t.

In this podcast, science journalist and former anorexia sufferer Carrie Arnold is going to teach you what really causes eating disorders. Here’s what we discuss:

  • The three main causes of anorexia.
  • The most underrated warning signs that someone might have an eating disorder.
  • How your brain function changes when you get anorexia.
  • How to help, or at least talk to, someone with an eating disorder.

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Show Notes

Decoding Anorexia by Carrie Arnold

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  1. Marta on November 29, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you for this podcast. It’s always so uplifting to hear people had similar experiences, especially striking was the example of Carrie working in a bakery. I used to work in a college canteen during one of my relapses. The way I conceptualise this is that I simply did not consider these items food (fries, cupcakes, or what have you). After 15 years I still don’t process sweets as “food”, it feels like it’s only when my mind allows me to eat (based on proving my own value to myself through achievement of various goals).

    And I was obsessed with baking and cooking — for the whole family!

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