Eating disorders exact a toll on older women, too

Cynthia Bulik
Chapel Hill, NC

Health & Medical Social Science


Cynthia Bulik, PhD
Director of Eating Disorders Program
UNC Medical Center
Clinical Psychologist Cynthia Bulik heads the Eating Disorder Program at the University of North Carolina. She is prepared to discuss all aspects of eating disorders as well as healthy eating habits and nutrition.
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Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD is the William R. and Jeanne H. Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry where she is also the Professor of Nutrition in the School of Public Health and the Director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Bulik received her BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1982.

She received her MA and PhD in Psychology for the University of California at Berkeley in 1988. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Bulik has been conducting research and treating individuals with eating disorders for the past 27 years. Her current research includes genetic epidemiology of eating disorders (family and twin studies), molecular genetic studies of eating disorders and body weight regulation, and the development of novel treatments for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. She is studying the impact of maternal disordered eating on fetal growth and child development in a cohort of 100,000 new births in Norway.

She has ongoing collaborations around the world. In addition, she is involved with developing novel technology-assisted interventions for child overweight and adult obesity, binge-eating disorder and eating disorders. Dr. Bulik is the Director of the federally funded post-doctoral training program in eating disorders. She is the author of Eating Disorders: Detection and Treatment (Dunmore Press), Runaway Eating (Rodale), and Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop (Walker).

She has published over 350 papers and chapters on topics related to eating disorders. She holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States. She is a past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, past Vice-President of the Eating Disorders Coalition, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Recent Publications/Appearances


February 27, 2013 KVNU Radio "Men with Eating Disorders Have Tougher Time Getting Help"

July 30, 2012 Chicago Daily Herald "Eating disorders exact a toll on older women, too"

June 2, 2012 Psychiatry News " Many Mysteries Unsolved in Binge-Eating Disorder"

February 13, 2012 MSNBC "Like mother, like daughter: Eating disorders run in families"

January 3, 2012 Gulfnews "Debate: Is it OK to put your kids on a diet?"

August 4, 2011 "An eating disorder at 62"

Dec 30, 2010 ABC News "French Model Isabelle Caro's Death Highlights Tough Personal Battles Against Anorexia"

Nov 30, 2010 ScienceNOW "Why Diets Fail"

Nov 26, 2010 The Monterey Herald "Dying to be Thin"

Nov 25, 2010 "Thanksgiving With an Eating Disorder: How to Make it Easier"

Nov 24, 2010 KY3 "Taking the dysfunction out of your function"

Nov 10, 2010 TIME "Why are Anorexics More Likely to Have Unplanned Pregnancies and Abortions"

July 25, 2010  "The Health Consequences Associated with Anorexia"


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