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Your chance to participate in an important study — eating disorders and childhood

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How do events in childhood affect eating disorders? There has been some research on this topic, with a recent Finnish study finding a link between the two, and PBS reporting that childhood bullying and abuse play a part, among other factors.

Now, a new study, being conducted by a doctoral candidate at Long Island University in Brooklyn, is looking to explore the issue.

If you are over 18, are dealing with eating issues, want to contribute your experiences, and would also like to be entered into a raffle to win one of several $100 Amazon gift cards, head on over to this site to take the survey.  Your answers will be kept confidential and anonymous, and the survey will take about an hour to complete, so make sure you have enough time before you start. You’ll be asked about your childhood, eating behaviors, and the way you cope with life. The survey is being conducted by Alexandra Grundleger, a graduate student in the LIU Brooklyn Psychology Department. Alexandra is a licensed clinical social worker/therapist in New York City, who specializes in treating eating disorders. (You can find out more about her work here and see her interviewed by Huffington Post here.)

In Alexandra’s own words, “the goal of this study is to determine underlying issues that contribute to irregular eating habits, which will ultimately inform more effective mental health care for individuals with eating disorders.”

I encourage you to participate in this study. The more information we have on what causes eating disorders, the better chance we have at preventing them. Check out the ad for the study below, and if you have any questions, you can contact Alexandra at foodbodyresearch@gmail.com

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