Exercise in Eating Disorders

How is exercise experienced among people with eating disorders? How are problematic exercise and movement patterns (PEP's) begun and maintained, and how do we work with people to find the right exercise and movement for them in recovery from eating disorders? What are the biological factors that contribute to these patterns and how can we treat them?

Jessica is interested in the overall concept of satiety in mental illness and specifically in eating disorders with regards to how satiety serves as a mechanism for the development of problematic exercise patterns and how the concept might be utilized to treat these patterns and restore and promote health in individuals.

Jessica's current project in this area looks at the self-reported experience of exercise in people with eating disorders and the relationship with the ability to utilize oxytocin. 

Mental Health & Eating Disorders Ethics

How do we do what we do in treating, researching and advocating for mental health in general and eating disorders in particular? What are the positive and negative outcomes of the interventions we use, and how do we balance those characteristics with the values of the helping profession; autonomy, beneficence & non-malfeasance? Do we have a stronger obligation to society or to individuals? How do these principals interact with different cultures globally as well as within the diversity of each individual, and across generations? 

Additional Interest Areas

  • The role of hormones in eating disorders and experience of mood and physical symptoms

  • Body composition changes in eating disorders and the relationship with hormones and exercise patterns. 

  • Physical rehabilitation in eating disorders

  • Differential diagnosis

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