Nutrition professors contribute chapters to Eating Disorders and Obesity text

March 2, 2017

Three nutrition professors at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are authors or co-authors of chapters in the newly published third edition of the highly acclaimed Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook (New York: The Guilford Press, 2017).

Dr. Cynthia Bulik

Dr. Cynthia Bulik

Dr. June Stevens

Dr. June Stevens

Dr. Deborah Tate

Dr. Deborah Tate

Cynthia Bulik, PhD, who also is Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the UNC Department of Psychiatry and founding director of the UNC Center for Excellence in Eating Disorders, is co-author of chapter 40, “The Genetics of Eating Disorders.”

June Stevens, PhD, American Institute for Cancer Research/World Cancer Research Fund Distinguished Professor, also in the Department of Epidemiology, authored chapter 72, “The Definition and Classification of Obesity.”

Deborah Tate, PhD, also professor of health behavior and director of Communication for Health Applications and Interventions (CHAI) Core at UNC, wrote chapter 91, “Using Digital Media to Address Obesity.”

“This encyclopedic handbook synthesizes current knowledge and clinical practices in the fields of both eating disorders and obesity,” a promotional statement reads. “The new edition reflects 15 years of important advances in both fields, including state-of-the-art intervention approaches and a growing focus on how the brain regulates eating behavior. New topics include epigenetics, body weight and neurocognitive function, stress and emotion regulation, the gut microbiome, surgical devices for obesity, food labeling and marketing, and expanded coverage of prevention and policy.”

The book’s editors are Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and B. Timothy Walsh, MD, professor of pediatric psychopharmacology at Columbia University.


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Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu