show me the money

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In 2011, the National Institute of Health (NIH) funded the following disorders accordingly:

ILLNESS PREVALENCE RESEARCH FUNDS
Eating Disorders 10 million $28,000,000
Alzheimer’s Disease 4.5 million $450,000,000
Schizophrenia 2.2 million $276,000,000

•The reported research funds are for anorexia nervosa only.
•No estimated funding is reported for bulimia nervosa or eating disorders not otherwise specified.
•Research dollars spent on eating disorders averaged $2.8 per affected individual, compared to $125 per affected individual for schizophrenia.

Everything needs funding and research monies. That said, there is a huge inadequacy of research funding earmarked for eating disorders. Do you think that the money doled out for eating disorders is appropriate, given that of all psychiatric disorders, the greatest excess of patient mortality due to natural and unnatural causes is associated with eating disorders?
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About Jodi Rubin, ACSW, LCSW, CEDS

Jodi graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY at New Paltz and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. In addition to over a decade of work as an LCSW and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with individuals, families and groups in her private practice, Jodi is a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer and created Destructively Fit®, a training that addresses eating disorders within the fitness industry. She is a former director of Day Treatment at The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders and a founding member of Metropolitan Psychotherapy and Family Counseling Practice. Jodi also specializes in infertility and has served on the Clinical Advisory Board of Seleni Institute since its inception. Jodi is the creator of a curriculum on eating disorders for the Graduate School of Social Work at New York University and has been teaching this course, as well as guest lecturing in the NYU Post-Master’s Program, since 2007. Jodi actively lectures and teaches students, families and professionals throughout the metropolitan area about the etiology, prevention, treatment, assessment and work with eating disorders. Through psychotherapy and supportive work with adolescents, adults and families, Jodi works to create a secure sense of self, increased self-esteem and a healthy relationship with self and others. She works with an eclectic person-centered approach and tailors her practice techniques to the unique needs of each individual. Please feel free to contact Jodi directly in her Greenwich Village office, 212.529.5811. View all posts by Jodi Rubin, ACSW, LCSW, CEDS

2 responses to “show me the money

  • Marissa

    I was wondering…what is the mortality rate for eating disorders? I had always been told that it was around 15 t0 20%, but I recently spoke at a benefit dinner for an eating disorder foundation and someone said it was 4 to 5%. I’m just curious as to what the generally accepted statistic is.

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