From the Gazette: Leave behind extreme dieting for a healthy 2014

Cynthia Bulik, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders and Director of the UNC School of Medicine's Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED), and Cristin Runfola, PhD, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and a researcher at CEED, give advice for a healthy new year in the most recent issue of the University Gazette.

As the holiday season, marked by overindulgence in food and inactivity, comes to a close, many people feel the pressure to slim down. “Lose weight” tops many lists of New Year’s resolutions.

While it’s tempting to dedicate the start of a new year to dieting, Carolina’s expert on eating disorders advises: “Don’t do it!”

Cynthia Bulik is the director of Carolina’s Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED) and holds the nation’s first endowed professorship in eating disorders. She has been treating eating disorders since 1982.

“I urge people not to make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight,” Bulik said. “Make a resolution to become more active regularly or to substitute water for sugar-sweetened beverages, but a resolution to lose weight is a recipe for failure.”

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