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UAlbany News Podcast: The Connections Between Eating Disorders and Mental Health, with Tomoko Udo  

Eating disorders are associated with medical complications and psychosocial impairment, according to Tomoko Udo of the School of Public Health.

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 25, 2019) -- Tomoko Udo of the School of Public Health has examined the connections between eating disorders and mental health. 


Fewer than 30 percent of people with eating disorders (i.e. anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating) seek help from a counselor or psychologist. As a result, researchers have found that those suffering from eating disorders are often at higher risk of suicide attempts. 


According to Udo, health-care providers should carry out routine screenings for eating disorders along with suicide attempt history in order to inform a more comprehensive treatment plan.


Listen to the episode. 


Udo is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior and her research focuses on addiction, obesity, and psychiatric and medical outcomes. She conducted the study with Sarah Bitley of UAlbany's School of Public Health and Carlos Grilo of the Yale University School of Medicine.


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