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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

  This week, February 24 – March 2, 2013, is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is to promote public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and their biological as well as environmental triggers, and to combat the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that can contribute to them.  Education can lead to earlier detection, intervention, and direction to the help those struggling need, ultimately improving likelihood of … Read entire article »

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LeAnn Rimes has Eating Disorder

  Brandi Glanville, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, doesn’t want LeAnn Rimes around her sons.  After Rimes tweeted she was flying out with “my boys” on Nov. 30, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star told ex-husband Eddie Cibrian’s new wife that her sons, Mason, 9 and Jake, 5, are not Rimes’.  “They are my boys, Eddie’s boys and your stepsons . . . for now,” Glanville, 40, tweeted.  But that’s not all she has to say! In an interview with US Weekly in December 2012, Brandi Glanville dished about an incident in which she claims her son was put in danger in LeAnn’s care.  She stated, “LeAnn has a severe eating disorder.  She has a laxative in every purse.  My son, Mason, found one on the floor and thought it … Read entire article »

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anorexia

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anorexia

  Anorexia, which affects approximately 8 million people in the United States, has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness due to the harsh physical consequences of the disease.  What is even more troubling is that anorexia has a suicide rate that is fifty times greater than that of the general population.  I know from personal experience how the torturous eating disorder thoughts can become enslaving.  Rational arguments against starving rarely work for people suffering … Read entire article »

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The Secret Eating Disorder

  Most of us were picky eaters as children, but the majority of kids grow out of it.  What about the people who do not?  They are usually viewed as childish or immature people who lack an open mind.  This can be quite a stigma to deal with on top of suffering from picky eating preferences.  Those who do not grow out of picky eating may end up with selective eating disorder, a disorder that is not classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders but nonetheless one that has many serious emotional and health implications.  These people have very rigid eating patterns and often feel sick if forced to eat something outside of their comfort zones.  Because selective eating disorder is not a classifiable disorder, treatment options and … Read entire article »

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Recognizing Eating Disorders in the ER

  Eating disorders are becoming more prevalent than ever, and more and more eating disordered teens are going undiagnosed.  A new study conducted by the University of Michigan looks to spot undiagnosed eating disorders amongst teens and young adults in hospital emergency rooms.  Their hope is to be able to steer those undiagnosed patients into the proper treatment for their eating disorders. Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted eating disorder screening for more than 940 patients aged 14 to 20 years old as part of their visit to the University of Michigan Emergency Department for any non-psychiatric reason.  More than one in every six patients had signs of an eating disorder.  Those with eating disorder symptoms were also likely to show indications of depression and substance abuse.  Over twenty-five percent of … Read entire article »

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Chocolate and the Brain

  If Willy Wonka is the world’s number one producer of chocolate, the human brain would appear to be his most devoted customer.  According to researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, chocolate causes a spike in an opium-like substance called enkeshalin, which is produced in a region of the brain called the dorsal neostraitum. The results of the study, which was performed on rats, has been published online in the journal Current Biology.  Alexandra DiFeliceantonio headed the study. “This means that the brain has more extensive systems to make individuals over-consume rewards than previously thought,” said DiFeliceantonio. The rats with naturally higher levels of enkephalin consumed roughly the same amounts of chocolate as those with lower levels of the pentapeptide.  However, they did eat at a faster pace.  When enkephalin was injected … Read entire article »

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Weight Loss Surgery Patients More Likely to Use Alcohol and/or Drugs

  A recent journal published online in the Archives of Surgery website documented that following weight loss surgery (WSL) patients are more likely to increase frequency of substance use (drug, alcohol, and/or tobacco use).The study included 155 participants who were primarily female and included both Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgeries and laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery. The increase in substance abuse did not occur immediately following surgery, but slowly increased within the following two years. Alexis Conason, Psych. D., from the New York Obesity and Nutrition Research Center also studied the relationship between weight loss surgeries and chemical dependency and found the same trends as the Archives of Surgery study. One underlying neurobiological explanation for this trend is that one part of the brain essential in substance abuse difficulties is also responsible for … Read entire article »

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Imagined Ugliness: Dealing with Body Image Issues

  First-class appearance and looking your best is a staple value of today’s society. What many people simply strive to obtain like any other long-term goal is for some an unhealthy obsession. The mind-set of these individuals is characterized by spending countless hours thinking and worrying about their physical appearance. This disease is known as body dysmorphic disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) as, “a type of chronic mental illness in which you cannot stop thinking about a flaw with your appearance — a flaw that is either minor or imagined. But to you, your appearance seems so shameful that you don’t want to be seen by anyone. Body dysmorphic disorder has sometimes been called ‘imagined ugliness.” Some serious symptoms of BDD include anxiety, panic attacks, major depressive disorder, … Read entire article »

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Methamphetamine Use may lead to Anorexia

  Researchers at the University of Illinois conducted experiments to draw inferences between methamphetamine’s effects on fruit flies that are currently believed to hold true for human counterparts.  Based on previous studies, researchers found that fruit flies and humans have similar reactions when exposed to meth. (ScienceDaily)  Using the fruit flies as a model to replicate human digestion and metabolic conversion, scientists gradually increased methamphetamine levels in fruit flies throughout several week-long intervals.  The result was that exposing fruit flies to methamphetamine intake in their food supply correlates to early onset signs of anorexia and negative caloric consumption. In previous studies on humans, research has indicated that methamphetamine abuse can “burden the body with toxic metabolic byproducts and weaken the heart, muscles and bones.  It alters energy metabolism in the brain and kills … Read entire article »

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Qsymia: New Weight Loss Pill is Not the Magic “Cure”

Qsymia: New Weight Loss Pill is Not the Magic “Cure”

  In an effort to curb the alarmingly high rate of obesity in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new weight loss drug known as Qsymia, a move the FDA has not taken in nearly thirteen years. Studies backed by the drug company, Vivus, demonstrate that taking the drug paired with a low-calorie diet and a healthy exercise regimen has helped patients lose nearly ten-percent of their body weight. Qsymia … Read entire article »

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