Multimedia Online Learning on Eating Disorders

Want to learn more about eating disorders? Although the internet has some splendidly horrific resources, solid science-based information also exists. Here are a few of my favorites:

Podcasts from the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Okay, many of these are standard obesity-prevention fare. However, there are one or two that are really interesting:

"Rethinking Thin" by Gina Kolata (based on her recent book)

"How News is Made" by Cole Kazdin

"Relation of Obesity to Disturbances in Reward from Food Instake and Anticipated Intake: An fMRI Study" by Eric Stice (I don't always agree with him, but he's a good scientist and has some interesting ideas)

And if you look in iTunes, you can find a free podcast from Kelly Brownell and Tim Walsh called "The Rudd Report: Eating Disorders and Obesity". Just search for "Rudd Report" in the iTunes store and you can download it for free, as this one doesn't appear to be on the website.

(h/t to Ai Lu for alerting me to these!)

Video Seminars from the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders

There are numerous video seminars on this Australian site available for free- I haven't watched all of them, but the ones I have seen are quite good.

Videos from Maudsley Parents

Maudsley Parents is an organization of parents in favor of evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, and as part of their outreach efforts have produced several lovely videos, all of which are top notch. These include:

  • Family Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa
  • Family Based Treatment for Bulimia Nervosa
  • Eating Disorder Research: Information for Families (with Cynthia Bulik)
  • Eating Disorders in Adolescents (with Daniel LeGrange)
  • Brain Imaging and Eating Disorders (with Walter Kaye)
  • Fighting Stigma with Science (with Cynthia Bulik)
Happy learning!

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Anonymous said...

While targeting a slightly different audience... I think that this is a lot of GREAT video information at Finding Balance: Disordered Eating Primer.

Great post -- I feel so strongly about mental health and information technology (which definitely includes online multimedia!)

Just Eat It! said...

I found the UCSD brain imaging article very informative. I think it is the best place for caregivers to start so that they have the right information from the get-go. Understanding the neurobiology of the disease has been the most helpful in determining what approach to use to treat my eating disorder.

Carrie Arnold said...


Thanks for the link, although I'm not exactly fond of Finding Balance on the whole since they basically became the Remuda Ranch TV channel. Sigh.


I agree. I didn't post some of the more "standard" articles simply because there are too many! Even though I love to read, the video/audio is a nice change. And yes, I'm the dork listening to stuff from iTunes U on my walk into work. :)

Anonymous said...

Had to laugh a little at some of Finding Balance's titles like 'Popular Girl is anorexic--why?'

I do hope Remuda puts some video of their magic anorexia-curing ponies online, I definitely want to see them.

Anonymous said...

Ah, interesting point about Finding Balance. I don't know much about the site or about Remuda Ranch. It's the first sizeable library of ED video information that I've come across.

Carrie Arnold said...

I like the fact that FB has a video library, but the fact that it's all Remuda folks and that the information isn't necessarily the most grounded in science (there is the occasional exception) really turns me off.

Harriet said...

Thanks for the shoutout for MP, Carrie. Jane has produced some really wonderful videos, and I hope they will be seen widely.

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