Increased Spending on Research Ensures a Brighter Future for Those With Eating Disorders

The most powerful way to ensure that people with eating disorders have a brighter future is through research. Unfortunately, even though such a large number of people are affected by these disorders, the disease has received a lack of research funds when compared to other illnesses that occur less often.

Illness Prevalence NIH Research Funds*
Alzheimer’s Disease 5.1 million 450,000,000
Autism 3.6 million 160,000,000
Schizophrenia 3.4 million 276,000,000
Eating Disorders 30 million 28,000,000

Researching the Causes of and Effective Treatments for Eating Disorders

Walden Center recently published an outcomes study on an effectiveness trial of Maudsley Family Therapy with Group Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training in an intensive outpatient program.

Currently, we are conducting a pilot study on heart rate biofeedback for patients with eating disorders as well as performing several studies to demonstrate the impact our School-Based Eating Disorder Prevention Program has on middle and high school students.

In addition, we are reviewing a research proposal that will answer the question: Does movement of the fundamental body connections increase interoception among patients with eating disorders?

National Institutes of Health, 2011*