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.

Webinar on the important relationship between PCOS and eating disorders.

Poetry and letters from eating disorder patients.

I Cheated on My Husband...With Food (a woman's struggle with binge eating disorder).

People With Eating Disorders Come in All Shapes and Sizes.

Dispelling Common Eating Disorder Myths.

Religious Orthodoxy Does Not Protect Against Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders. I'm still trying to figure out why people would think that it would.

Eating Disorders: Through The Looking Glass.

Displeased with eating disorder photos.

Enhanced Striatal Dopamine Release During Food Stimulation in Binge Eating Disorder.

BDNF helps regulate energy metabolism and feeding behavior.

No body is perfect: The significance of habitual negative thinking about appearance for body dissatisfaction, eating disorder propensity, self-esteem and snacking.

Medical complications of bulimia nervosa and their treatments.

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3 comments:

Cathy (UK) said...

I find the paper "Religious Orthodoxy Does Not Protect Against Disordered Eating" really interesting - because the findings seem to dispute the role of popular media in the development of EDs.

Of course this doesn't surprise me in the slightest... Anyone who knows me knows of my frustration with the emphasis that is placed upon the media as an assumed cause (or even 'trigger') for EDs - when in fact there is very little evidence that supports this hypothesis.

The aforementioned paper is interesting because the women under study all live in a society where food is plentiful and there is a tendency towards overweight/obesity. If body dissatisfaction is a 'trigger' for disordered eating and clinical EDs, then this dissatisfaction needn't come from the media. It may simply come from within the person, and perhaps be influenced by other aspects of one's culture. And, it may be that body dissatisfaction (in the sense of aesthetics/appearance) plays little role in the development of EDs. Rather, it may be that some individuals derive satisfaction from being able to control their appetite in an environment where rich food is plentiful.

The PCOS-ED link also interests me because women with PCOS have a tendency towards obesity because of excessive androgen production and insulin resistance. Again, this is a problem that comes from within the person, wherein the individual has difficulty in controlling their weight for physiological reasons.

sanabituranima said...

Re: Religious Orthodoxy link - I have had the opposite reaction, people thinking my mental illnesses are CAUSED by religious orthodoxy.

It's stupid. Nobody would say religious orthodoxy causes or prevents diabetes or asthma.

sanabituranima said...

Re: Religious Orthodoxy link - I have had the opposite reaction, people thinking my mental illnesses are CAUSED by religious orthodoxy.

It's stupid. Nobody would say religious orthodoxy causes or prevents diabetes or asthma.

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