November 4, 2005

Longitudinal Research studies on eating disorders

11/4/05

This week I was interviewed by a journalist, Trisha Gura, who is writing a book about the long term effects of eating disorders on health and social issues, etc., specifically dealing with women in their 30s who have been bulimic since their teens. I'm 38 and have been bulimic since I was 15. I haven't been regularly binging and purging for several years but I do still consider myself bulimic, like alcoholics always consider themselves alcoholics.

This is an important because there really hasn't been enough of this. And she REALLY has an understanding of Bulimia which is something, as we all know, not many people have a real understanding of.

Trisha gave me some great info on current research studies. Lately I've been having some serious gynecological issues. I've had many gynecological issues over the years including (which I've made no secret of in my columns on the site), four miscarriages. All gynecologists tell me the same thing--there's no connection between these problems and your eating disorder.

Guess what, they're WRONG--which I always suspected. The most recent studies suggest that women who have had long term eating disorders or who have an eating disorder when trying to get pregnant are at a much higher risk of miscarriage. Now, for all of us with EDs who are sucked into the guilt thing, that's not info. for you to take and feel that you're ED is to blame for having a miscarriage. It's just info. for you to be aware of. It didn't make me feel guilty to find this information out, it validated my feelings and made me feel less crazy for wondering what the source was for all the problems I've had--which are not exclusive to miscarriages. I'm also dealing with severe endometriosis.

We know that there are many health issues that are a result of long term EDs. But getting to the bottom of the gynecological issues has been important to me. If anyone has info on recent studies, please post it here!

The more we know about our disease, the more we can do to help ourselves. Trisha Gura's book will most likely be out in about a year. It's being published by Harper Collins. I'll keep you updated on dates.

xoS

Hi Sarah

Hi S--
I got your invite to this blog, and just wanted to say HI!! Hopefully people will start posting here!!

Love,
Leslie
PRC

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