Eating disorders are difficult to treat and often have a protracted course with less than 50% of adults achieving recovery from anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. These conclusions are based on longitudinal research that examined outcomes over a decade.  Recent longitudinal research by Dr. Nassim Tabri (from the Department of Psychology) and colleagues in the U.S., however, indicates that people with eating disorders can recover after being sick for 10+ years. The study involved women with eating disorders recruited from the community who participated in the Massachusetts General Hospital Longitudinal Study of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. Results showed that most women with bulimia nervosa recovered after a decade whereas most women with anorexia nervosa recovered after two decades. The findings offer a hopeful and positive message to people living with eating disorders. To read more, please click: