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.

Do we need to talk about weight to bond with other women?

A New Law on School Fitness Data Faces Obstacles.

Looking into Ramachandran's broken mirror.

There Is No Biological Reason to Eat Three Meals a Day -- So Why Do We Do It?

Repetitive behaviors reduce stress in elite athletes and mere mortals. In other words, OCD-like behaviors reduce anxiety, at least temporarily.

Mouse Model May Help Reveal New OCD Treatments.

Girls, ADD, and Anorexia Nervosa.

The secret world of mid-life bulimics.

Use of treatment manuals in bulimia nervosa treatment.

Alexithymia and its relationships with eating behavior, self esteem, and body esteem in college women.

Which criteria for recovery are relevant according to eating disorder patients and therapists?

Psychosocial barriers to engagement with an eating disorder service: a qualitative analysis of failure to attend.

The Use of a Nonimmersive Virtual Reality Programme in Anorexia Nervosa: A Single Case-Report.

Impulsive behaviors in female patients with eating disorders in a university hospital in northern Taiwan.

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Cathy (UK) said...

The article 'Looking into Ramachandran's broken mirror' is especially interesting. I like Ramachandran's work. However, it is true that mirror neurones have been shown to be (apparently) intact in some people with ASD - which does suggest heterogeneous causes. The statement: "You get trivial things provoking a fight or flight response, so you get the autonomic storms that characterize autism" is well put. I am inclined to think that 'autism' is as much of an umbrella term as is 'eating disorders'. There are huge variations in presentation and likely aetiology.

The article "Do we need to talk about weight to bond with other women?" is also quite interesting. I have often wondered whether most women's obsession with weight and shape is borne out of a phenomenon of female bonding - to 'fit in' socially with a group by gender as opposed to a genuine worry. Perhaps that's where weight obsession differs greatly in 'healthy women' vs. individuals with an eating disorder.

Anonymous said...

The article on weight talk among women really irritated me, as I cannot stand that type of talk. Weight and dieting are simply boring.

I am starting to think the answer to your question is "yes" and maybe that's why I don't bond well with a lot of women. I have absolutely no interest in what someone eats, particularly from a fat/calorie point of view and just ignore the speaker, or try to change the subject and failing that, walk away.

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