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.

Research team delves into the roots of hunger and eating.

Can a child as young as eight suffer from an eating disorder?

How bulimia ruined my teeth. (As a side note, you don't have to vomit to have an eating disorder wreck your teeth. My teeth were in great shape, but my body was so desperate for calcium that it took it not just from my bones but also from my teeth.)

Mindful Eating as Way to Fight Bingeing.

Openness about eating disorders is overdue.

Diet Soda Increases Heat Attack Risk, Says New Study. (As I, um, take a sip of Diet Coke...)

Refeeding Regimens for Anorexia Challenged.

Eight Keys to Life Hardiness and Resiliency.

Loneliness and eating disorders.

The Bold New Definition of Addiction.

NeuroCounseling: Simple Therapeutic Interventions for Rewiring the Maladaptive Brain.

Does internet-based prevention reduce the risk of relapse for anorexia nervosa?

When Classic Art Gets The Photoshop Treatment.

The comorbidity between eating disorders and anxiety disorders: Prevalence in an eating disorder sample and anxiety disorder sample.

At the gym: who is looking at whom - The Oatmeal. This ex-gym-goer finds this amusingly true.

Self-report and startle-based measures of emotional reactions to body image cues as predictors of Drive for Thinness and Body Dissatisfaction in female college students.

Fasting changes how brain cells behave.

Hunger and binge eating: a meta-analysis of studies using ecological momentary assessment.

A Fresh Look At Antidepressants Finds Low Risk Of Youth Suicide.

Autonomous Motivation: A Predictor of Treatment Outcome in Bulimia-Spectrum Eating Disorders.

Do Diet Foods Make You Fat?

Reflective Functioning in 70 Patients Suffering from Bulimia Nervosa.

Parents of patients age 9-30 with anorexia sought for study on behavioral/nutritional aspects. (One hour survey)

Positive parenting (without focusing on weight) during early childhood may prevent obesity, says promising study.

Stress and overeating: Why people crave comfort food.

The Thinner the Better: Self-Esteem and Low Body Weight in Anorexia Nervosa.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks Carrie :)

The Radio 4 feature "Can a child as young as 8 suffer from an eating disorder" was excellent - primarily because it dispelled some common myths (e.g. that anorexia nervosa is common and increasing in prevalence - which it is NOT) and also because it conceptualised anorexia nervosa as an anxiety disorder (which it IS). And the doctors who were interviewed also differentiated between disordered eating and (clinical) eating disorders, which I feel is important.

The paper investigating co-morbidity of anxiety disorders and eating disorders is also really interesting. I do hope that in the future, EDs will be re-conceptulaised as anxiety disorders rather than 'body image' disorders.

Cammy said...

I had the same issue with my teeth. Never, ever purged and still ended up with decalcification issues and major sensitivity.

Hannah said...

Your blog is amazing. I am student occupational therapy and physiotherapy assistant. I am doing a presentation on eating disorders to the class. i was wondering if I could share with my class your story?

Angela Elain Gambrel said...

Cammy, so did I! I tried purging, but never became very good at it (Thank God!!!), but still had to have several teeth replaced with crowns and was left with sensitive teeth. I finally worked up my nerve to ask my dentist about it and he said that anorexia causes malnutrition and of course, malnutrition impacts your teeth. Why I never thought about that is beyond me...

Anonymous said...

Drive For Thinness is now denoted in capital letters???? Is it a bumper sticker slogan or something nowadays????

Carrie Arnold said...

I believe "Drive for Thinness" was capitalized because it's the formal name of a subset of questions on the Eating Disorders Examination that the study used.

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