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.

Eating Disorder Recovery: Courage In The Everyday.

Cognitive flexibility and clinical severity in eating disorders.

Teens & Stress: for moody teens, its all in the head.

Suicide attempts in anorexia nervosa subtypes.

The benefits and risks of online therapy.

One of the reasons why relapse is so common: Our brains can't ignore 'rewarding' objects.

Psychosocial Correlates of Shape and Weight Concerns in Overweight Pre-Adolescents.

DBT developer Marsha Linehan talks about her own experiences overcoming suicidality.

E-health for individualized prevention of eating disorders.

Anorexia: How 15-year-old Sophie fought and won her battle.

Virtual reality exposure in patients with eating disorders: influence of symptom severity and presence.

Stanford program takes aim at eating disorders.

Adolescents' dieting and disordered eating behaviors continue into young adulthood. Interestingly (though not surprisingly) most media outlets said the study looked at eating disorders, not disordered eating. There is a difference, people.

Estrogen replacement increases bone density in adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa.

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Cathy (UK) said...

The study on oestrogen replacement in the form of natural oestradiol (as opposed to ethinyl oestradiol, as found in the oral contraceptive pill) is very interesting - because it refutes existing ideas that hormone replacement is futile.

Nevertheless, I do think that rather than hormone replacement, weight gain should be prescribed. Hormone replacement may protect bone density in AN, at least in the spine, but it is not a suitable alternative to weight gain because all other organs will still suffer as a consequence of starvation.

I was prescribed various types of oestrogen therapy over a 15 year period of time, including oestradiol implants and patches while very underweight, and it did absolutely nothing for my bone density. I actually continued to lose bone. But with weight gain and normal ovarian function my bone density had increased significantly after 2-3 years. Meanwhile, my heart, gut, immune system (etc.) suffered terribly from starvation.

Katie said...

I read the article on Sophie and Helen's story the other day, it was great :) I also thought it was wonderful that Marsha Linehan spoke up. She could give a lot of people hope!

I have been vaguely fuming at that article (and others) on the study into eating behaviour in adolescents for the last hour. Of course eating disorders are not a phase, didn't we get past that myth in the 90s? Also, dieting =/= eating disorder. Also, apparently the answer is to teach young people about the dangers of eating disordered behaviours? Ugh. I give up.

Jen said...

Carrie, I'm reading David Eagleman's book, Incognito. Re the article in Science Daily about how it's so hard to say "no" to things we want, Eagleman spend a lot of time on the concept of free will and...... free won't. It's a great book and thoughts on how the brain drives so much of our behavior.

Jen said...

ps here's my take on Dr. Linehan's revelation, too.

Jen said...

One other thought re the bone density study, I'm taking a class on the brain. We looked at motion a couple of weeks ago and research has found that weight lifting increases bone density. It's non-specific, too, which means if you lift for upper body muscular strength, the bone density that is brought about (and it's significant) happens to your entire body and not just your upper body.

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