Sunday Smorgasbord

It's Sunday again, which means it's time for this week's smorgasbord. I have a variety of links to share with you- I hope you enjoy it. If you have anything you think would make a good addition to a smorgasbord, drop me a line at I will, of course, credit you with your suggestion.

Agreeable restlessness in Anorexia Nervosa

Young Girls at Risk for Depression May Shut Down

Compulsive overeating as an addiction disorder

A haiku on true beauty

Looking ahead to wellness incentives

The emerging science of molecular gastronomy

ED treatment center finds following on Twitter

"Weighty Matters" roundtable summary

Higher fat at breakfast may be healthier than you think

The psychological immune system

Mental health providers should prescribe exercise more often for depression, anxiety

Attitude is an important part of a healthy lifestyle

ED cutoffs may miss some of the sickest patients

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Adrianna said...

I really wish people would stop referring to compulsive overeating as an addiction. I feel that the definition of addiction has been watered down so much that it has lost all meaning.

Overeating is a compulsion. It may have traits in common with adictions but I'm not sold on the idea that it is a a true addiction. Call me paranoid, but I think this is just a backdoor way to classify certain foods as drugs and bolster the cause to ban them and to pathologize and monitor people who use these "drugs."

I've been to a health class where a drug was defined as "anything that changed the body's chemistry." Well, ANYTHING could be classified as a drug under that definition! Water could be defined as a drug because less ADH is produced. Vegetables could be classified as drugs because their nutrients stimulate and enhance various processes in the body.

Listening to music, going on a rollercoaster (all that adrenalin), all could be drugs. Again, addiction is about to lose all meaning because of the way the word is thrown around.

I like the article about attitudes and healthy lifestyles. A lot of the so-called lifestyle diseases, such as high blood pressure, are actually stress responses. The ironic thing is that we stigmatize people with chronic illnesses, especially, again, the "lifestyle" illnesse such as diabetes.

ED cutoffs DO miss some of the sickest patients. One of my pet peeves is when people see anorexic patients and feel sorry for them. Then they proceed to engage in eating disordered behaviors such as counting calories, "making up" for the calories they consumed by overexercising, etc. The point of images like that is to let people know how serious an illness anorexia is, the drawback is that a lot of people who are sick or who are at risk, who engage in unhealthy behaviors, don't think they're in danger when they are.

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