What can animals teach us about eating disorders?

B. Natterson-Horowitz, MD

How we eat and the impact it has on our bodies, from weight loss and weight gain to eating disorders, is complex and a key facet of human health. But most of these behaviours and conditions aren't unique to our species. What can the animal world teach us?

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As humans, how we eat and the impact this has on our bodies, from weight loss and weight gain to eating disorders, is complex and plays a huge part in our overall health. But most of these behaviours and conditions aren't unique to humankind, and we can see many of the same patterns, including disordered eating, in all kinds of other species too. What can we learn about our own health around our diet by looking to the animal kingdom?

B. Natterson-Horowitz's fascinating work at Harvard University and UCLA uses insight from the natural world to find new ways of approaching human health and development.

Studying a diverse range of animals in natural settings, B has uncovered adaptations with relevance to heart failure, sudden cardiac death, seizures, dementia, movement disorders, infertility and psychiatric conditions including anxiety, compulsive and eating disorders.

B joins us in The Garden to uncover the many ways in which human eating and its impact on our health can be illuminated by observing our animal cousins.

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50 minutes

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Lessons from the Animal Kingdom

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B. Natterson-Horowitz, MD

In her work at Harvard University, B studies a diverse range of animals to better understand human health challenges, including heart failure, seizures, dementia, infertility, anxiety and eating disorders.

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Lessons from the Animal Kingdom Collection

Humans aren’t the only species to suffer from mental health problems, heart disease, infertility or cancer. B. Natterson-Horowitz, MD, takes us on a journey into the animal world in search of clues to help us understand our own health and behaviour.

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