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Published February 22, 2013, 08:41 PM

Bulimia research based out of Fargo is gaining worldwide attention

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- When specialists this year treat just over a million women for Bulimia, they may be looking to Fargo for a new treatment just unveiled.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- When specialists this year treat just over a million women for Bulimia, they may be looking to Fargo for a new treatment just unveiled.

A collaborative effort between Sanford, UND, and the Fargo based Neuro-Psychiatric Research Institute, has released findings of a 6-year study, that is gaining worldwide attention.

It was a few years ago that Fargo researchers recruited 40 women from the Fargo area and 40 from the twin cities area half were given bulimia treatment from the Fargo researchers and half a European builima treatment model.

Dr. Stephen Wunderlich: "It is promising, we will continue to develop this treatment we are looking at other ways to apply it. Other clinicians around the country are calling us to see when they can apply it."

Dr. Steve Wunderlich of Fargo has spent years studying eating disorders, and so when the National Institutes of Health awarded grant money to study a new bulimia treatment, he and others knew it could have significant impact. Focusing on more than just the problem of eating.

Dr. Stephen Wunderlich: "When you start dealing with food with people and these problems you are in the rest of their life. You are in their emotional life and relationships. And so our treatment is not just about food and eating, it is about their whole life."

Bulimia is a long term illness, and while some patients also receive medication for it, the Fargo based psycho social model focuses more on treating bulimia by treating more than just the issue of food.

It is estimated that up to 4-percent of women nationwide battle bulimia in their lifetime.

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