You never know what you'll get to be grateful for.
That's a refrain I hear all the time from my best friend, who's lived for more than twenty years with non-Hodgkins-lymphoma, and the other day she sent me news to feel grateful for that truly knocked me sideways. Several years ago she gave a copy of my book Gaining to her next door neighbor, who in turn shared it with her brother, Eric Aamodt, a molecular biologist at Louisiana State University. Reading the book, Eric was intrigued by the description of anorexia nervosa as a condition with genetic and biological roots. He shared the book with his colleague, Donard Dwyer, and they got to talking about the possible role of insulin-signaling pathways in the development of anorexia.
What if, they wondered, there were people who became anorexic in response to starvation, just as there are people whose diabetes is triggered by obesity? What if this were a metabolic deviation and not, primarily, a psychological condition?
Aamodt and Dwyer spearheaded a review of existing research examining starvation responses ranging from yeast and fruit flies to humans. The resulting theoretical paper was published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, and has been getting quite a bit of press!