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Our Critics Might Have Valid Concerns: Reducing Our Propensity to Conflate
Eating Disorders
  • Carolyn Becker, Trinity University
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As noted by Austin elsewhere in this issue, the field of eating disorders (ED) prevention has made remarkable scientific strides in the past two decades (see Austin, 2016). Over this same period, the field also has seen improved political standing within the greater ED community. For instance, prevention researchers present more regularly at key ED conferences, increasingly via invitation “up on the big stage” in plenaries and keynote addresses. Prevention researchers and advocates also appear to have grown in number and hold more positions in a variety of ranks throughout key ED organizations. Finally, a number of prominent ED researchers who previously held negative opinions about the viability of prevention now support their graduate students and other junior scholars in the pursuit of prevention research.
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Becker, C. B. (2016). Our critics might have valid concerns: Reducing our propensity to conflate. Eating Disorders, 24, 79-89. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2015.1113833