Who are we?
CARE, or Center for the Advancement of Eating Behaviors, is a diverse and dedicated team of knowledgeable individuals committed to advancing the knowledge on the field of eating disorders. We strive to directly apply our findings to clinical settings to improve the lives for people with the deadliest form of mental illness. Our team is sensitive to the concerns experienced by those suffering from disordered eating and strives to give participants a pleasant research experience.
Why eating disorders?
Bulimia nervosa (a disorder that is characterized by binge eating and compensatory behaviors, like purging) is the fouth leading cause of death and disability among young women. Even more troubling is that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, yet treatments are effective for only 40-60% of clients who seek treatment.
As you can see, there is a clinical need for research to identify the underlying causes of eating disorders, ensure that people with eating disorders are accurately identified by healthcare providers so that they can receive swift and effective intervention, and test which treatments work best for certain clients. Without research to address these issues, people with eating disorders will continue to "slip through the cracks" in the healthcare system, and not live the productive, high-quality lives that they deserve. These sobering statistics led to our passion for innovative science in eating disorders.