Sunday Smorgasbord

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 patients battle insurers over care.

The Importance Of Values In Eating Disorder Recovery.

New research project to support young people suffering from eating disorders.

Mirasol Eating Disorder Clinic files for bankruptcy.

The children who fall victim to anorexia.

Angry parents say child weighing scheme risks eating disorders.

A haunting dispatch from inside the hospital that saves children. The article also contains one of my favorite quotes from a recent ED article: ‘Anorexia isn’t the slimmer’s disease, it’s the biggest killer of all mental health illnesses. To suggest it’s about people wanting to look like someone they see in the media trivialises it, but certainly I think that those images don’t help.’

Good, brief description of FBT from the Eating for Life Alliance.

Play Games, Treat Anorexia (my latest for Psychology Today--the actual magazine, not my blog).

Bone health in anorexia nervosa.

Spain wants EU call for online anorexia crack down.

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Katie said...

When I was in treatment a few years ago I did an exercise on values in one of the groups. It was pretty much the only part of treatment which ever got through to me on any level - the rest of the time I was just paying lip service. It was structured so that you answer questions about what your values want you to aim for in relationships and other areas of your life, so things like "I want to be supportive and fun with my friends". Then you rated how important that value was to you and how close you were to it at the moment.

It gave me a horrible feeling of cognitive dissonance, and it made me dislike what the eating disorder was doing to me, which was barely short of a miracle considering how entrenched I was at the time. It didn't last, because within a month I'd quit treatment and was relapsing, but if that had been a routine part of my therapy it might have helped to widen the chinks in my eating disorder's armour.

Anonymous said...

Contrary to what Katie said, groups were one of the worst things that happened to me in recovery. I just couldnt/cant visually see other people with EDs without it triggering me. It doesnt even matter what they look like. BUT blogging and connecting with people in that sense has helping SO MUCH.

Katie said...

Haha no, I hated the groups. I didn't get on with groups at all! It was just that one exercise I liked. I didn't like groups because everyone came out with all these clich├ęs about getting better whilst making no effort to do so, whereas I was a pain in the ass and was just honest about being ambivalent. I wasn't popular :P

Cathy (UK) said...

I'm especially interested in the bone health study by Misra and Klibanski. It would seem that natural 17-beta oestradiol can protect the development of bone mass in teens with AN in a way that the oral contraceptive pill, which usually contains ethinyloestradiol, cannot.

Even so, I don't think that exogenous oestradiol (or bisphosphonate) treatment is the answer for AN. Rather, weight gain is. It is not just bone health that suffers with the malnutrition and weight loss of AN, all organs suffer. Yet, weight gain and good nutrition can often reverse the damage.

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