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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #3: Mothers are to Blame

Myth # 3: Mothers are to blame

In this third of a series of videos debunking nine myths about eating disorders, Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, explains why mothers are not to blame.  The video was excerpted from a talk, "Eating Disorders Essentials: Replacing Myths with Realities," presented at the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Winter Meeting, February 7, 2014 in Rockville, MD.

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Transcript

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And I need to give a special slide to moms, because moms have really taken it on the chin for anorexia nervosa -- and they have been blamed for anorexia nervosa. And again, we've got to bust that myth, because it’s not true at all. Here comes the refrigerator mother and autism, and the schizophrenogenic mother in schizophrenia -- only I added one more.  And as much as I love some of the writing that Salvador Minuchin did -- he was a lovely writer and a great clinician -- he did start the myth that somehow families might be to blame for the development of anorexia nervosa. But what we know in eating disorders is that families are often our best allies in treatment. they don't cause the disorders. They are our allies in recovery. It's our job to help give them the blueprint about what they need to do to become allies in recovery.

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