Sunday Smörgåsbord

It's once again time for your weekly Sunday Smorgasbord, where I trawl the web for the latest in ED-related news, research, and more so you don't have to.

Discovering the Truth Beneath My Eating Disorder: The Perfect Storm of Anorexia

Very interesting research summary on the link between sleep deprivation, weight loss, glucose levels, appetite, and cardiac issues. I'm posting this in part to remind myself of the importance of a good night's sleep, and the fact that no amount of caffeine can equal a rested brain.

Wonderful post on taking the plunge and being "constantly and openly brave" at No Such Thing as Never.

The Dana brain poetry contest is now accepting entries.

Manhattan riots over body-snatching. Don't worry. It happened in 1788. {{I feel oddly compelled to include at least one random, non-ED related item in my smorgasbords.}}

Why dropping the "New Years Diet" may be one of the BEST decisions you make.

Break the pattern and win - you are more than an eating disorder.

How to eat in front of other people. You have to register to receive the actual instructions, but Michelle is super cool and it's totally worth it.

FEAST coffee breaks. Connect with other parents of eating disordered children for support and warm, caffeinated beverages.

Brain Activity May Hold Key to Therapy for Eating Disorders.

If the words "skinny jeans" aren't enough to make you cringe, then this should be: they've been linked to nerve problems.

ED's infomercial. Be sure to read the small print.

Monkey See, Monkey Don't: Learning from Others' Mistakes.

The Perception Gap: An Explanation for Why People Maintain Irrational Fears.

New study finds Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to be the most effective treatment for Bulimia.

Interesting article on orthorexia and fad diets focusing on "detox cleanses" to "purify" the body.

Eating Disorders: Why Ambivalence Keeps Your Child Stuck. "Ambivalence" was, for me, a code word for "fear" of relinquishing the ED rituals.

Binge eating disorder is the most common.

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hm said...

Great post by Angela.

As for the skinny jeans- I sure hope they are referring to FEMALE construction workers. B/c a male construction worker in skinny jeans is REALLY something I DON'T want to see!!!

On to Monkey See, Monkey Don't- It makes so much sense, really. Seeing that something gets someone into trouble makes us want to avoid that thing. But we tend to get creative about how to find rewards. They did it that way and it worked for them, but I can do it this way instead. A my way is better mentality- most people prefer to be unique.

I get the ambivalence piece. I don't know how many times in this recovery process I have felt absolutely frozen- incapable of taking a step in ANY direction for the anxiety it causes. A sucky place to be.

North of Normal said...

I really enjoyed reading "Break the pattern and win - you are more than an eating disorder". I've been thinking a lot about the lies I tell myself earlier today and this articel really rang true for me. Thanks for the round up. x

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