Sunday Smorgasbord

After a two-week hiatus, the Sunday Smorgasbord is back! I hope you enjoy this week's highlights of news, research, and other tasty odds and ends from around the eating disorder world.

Will 'Huge' TV show inspire real-life obese teens? (Why not inspire "obese" teens to feel good about themselves and live their lives at any weight instead of "inspiring" them to lose weight?)

Computer Program Can Detect Depression in Bloggers' texts

Automatic vs. Manual by Lola Snow

Are we expecting the improbable from our patients? Five Part video series from VITA eating disorders program. Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five.(Disclaimer: I have not watched these videos in full, but the bits I saw were interesting)

Rethinking the "disease model" of addiction

A Birthday to Remember: Beating Eating and Exercise Disorders

Mental Nurse's latest on the regulation of psychotherapy (This post is part of an ongoing thought-provoking series of posts on the regulation of psychotherapy)

Higher pre-meal anxiety associated with lower food intake in people with anorexia. In other news, the sky is blue and the grass is green.

Want To Be Happier? Avoid False Choices

Evaluation of a functional treatment for binge eating associated with bulimia nervosa

The Switches That Can Turn Mental Illness On and Off

Adolescent girls with subclinical eating disorders more likely to have depression and anxiety disorders

e-Ana and e-Mia: A Content Analysis of Pro-Eating Disorder Web Sites

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Kushika said...

Regarding the study on pro-ana website, the study came to the conclusion that

"pro-eating disorder Web sites present graphic material to encourage, support, and motivate site users to continue their efforts with anorexia and bulimia. Continued monitoring will offer a valuable foundation to build a better understanding of the effects of these sites on their users."

did a study really need to be carried out to come to that obvious conclusion? Perhaps people ought to interview users of such site to decide what effect these sites have?

Kushika said...

What I forgot to add is that we should also be doing studies in order to see how online support forums and online support can also help sufferers in recovery, and how those communities and sites can be improved.

kitty_fontana said...

One thing I have always found interesting about pro-ana sites is that, when you look at the profiles of the people running them, they are usually bulimic or ednos & are romanticizing anorexia, as if it were aspirational. I think this is one of the worst aspects of them, because it plays into the shame of bulimia & any kind of compulsive eating, & the competitive nature of EDs (who's the sickest) - I'm having trouble explaining, but it's what I find especially telling.
On another note, the 5 part lecture posted was very interesting, I recommend it. It had a lot of information about the brain and EDs that I think is helpful to those trying to recover as well as people trying to help them, because he explains what is going on in the brain. And he explains it in a way that's easy to understand.

Sarah said...

Thank you so much for posting the video series by VITA. I've been there twice and live in the area. I love how Dr. Mandal focuses on the brain-related issues and how incredibly difficult they are to overcome. I laughed out loud when he mentioned how the amygdala lights up like a Christmas tree because I definitely heard that phrase a couple times when I was there. :)

Anonymous said...

I laughed so hard at the study about pre-meal anxiety and caloric intake with weight restored anorexics. They needed a study for that? Your comment (sky blue, grass green) made me laugh even harder. I found this so amusing I shared it with my therapist, who also laughed. What a worthwhile news breaking study! (ha!)

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