Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

Here at EDTC we are totally committed to wellness. There has been a recent trend in psychological research towards studying the connections between substance abuse disorders and eating disorders. Studies have shown that the rates of substance abuse are much higher in populations with eating disorders.(1,3) Specifically, those with bulimia nervosa are much more likely to exhibit substance dependence (1,3)

There are many similar risk factors associated with the two conditions and, no surprise, many similar characteristics (2); some of these are linked genetically (3). Australian researchers, Munn-Chernoff, hope that physicians will someday associate one with the other and if one presents, then the provider should look for symptoms of the other (3)This suggests, from a treatment perspective, that counselors and Dr.’s , co-morbidity training should be encouraged (1).
EDTC encourages all those with self-destructive behavior patterns to seek help. Together with the right counselor, treatment plan, and lifestyle changes, anyone can improve the quality of their life.

  1. Dennis, Amy Baker Ph.D & Helfman, Bethany Ph.D. Substance Abuse And Eating Disorders. National Eating Disorders Association. Retrieved on August 28, 2013 from
  2. Pedersen, T. (2013). Alcoholism, Eating Disorders May Share Genetic Risk Factors. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 28, 2013, from
  3. Ressler, Adrienne.(July/August,2008) Insatiable Hungers: Eating Disorders And Substance Abuse. Social Work Today. Vol.8, No.4, P.30.Retrieved from

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