ambivalent (idealusion) wrote in ed_ucate,

the genetic study of anorexia nervosa in families

howdy all. i thought i would pass this along because anything that adds to our understanding of eating disorders is so very valuable.

The Genetic Study of Anorexia Nervosa in Families, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, is entering its fifth and final year. The research group, consisting of 10 sites across North America and Europe, needs 400 families to participate in the study. Currently, they have entered over 300 families, just 100 families short of their goal. Now more than ever, the researchers need your help!

The study is looking for families with at least two relatives (e.g., siblings, cousins, aunts, grandparents) who have or had anorexia nervosa. If your family, or that of someone you know, fits this description, please contact us:

Toll free: 1-888-895-3886
Visit the study’s website:

Existing studies suggest that genes play an important role in predisposing an individual to developing an eating disorder. A recent article published by one of this study’s investigators estimates that 56% of the susceptibility for developing anorexia nervosa is determined by genes. Because multiple genes are likely to interact in creating this susceptibility, the study needs a large number of families to identify the genetic component.

Scientific studies like this confirm the biological basis of eating disorders, demonstrating that anorexia nervosa is a disease, not a choice. Better understanding of the biological mechanisms of eating disorders may also contribute to the development of more effective medical treatments for these devastating disorders.

The Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa researcher team is grateful to the Eating Disorders Community for their enthusiastic support of this project and is thankful to the many families who have already stepped forward to help. Please keep our project in mind during the next year and help us meet our recruitment goal!

For more information about this study, please call 1-888-895-3886, e-mail:, or visit the study’s website: Articles from previous studies by this collaboration can be found at

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