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.

Obesity: A Disease or a Biological Adaptation? Excellent paper on complexities of obesity & harm from dieting. Free.

Hospitals hit by rise of the 'manorexic': Male eating disorder cases up 16% in a year.

Comparison of Obese and Nonobese Individuals with Binge Eating Disorder: Delicate Boundary Between Binge Eating Disorder and Non-Purging Bulimia Nervosa.

Excessive Worrying May Have Co-Evolved With Intelligence. It makes me wonder if my years of worrying have raised my IQ any... :)

Low social interactions in eating disorder patients in childhood and adulthood: A multi-centre European case control study.

Focus on Fitness, Not Weight, for Health.

Association between serotonin transporter gene polymorphism and eating disorders outcome: A 6-year follow-up study.

Suicide Anonymous: A fledgling program modeled on AA helps people recover a will to live.

The Impact of Self-Reported Pubertal Status and Pubertal Timing on Disordered Eating in Irish Adolescents.

An examination of early childhood perfectionism across anorexia nervosa subtypes.

Memory 're-consolidation' may keep drug addicts from relapsing.

How The Biggest Loser Promotes Weight Bias--study shows it creates bigger problems, not solutions.

Delusionality of body image beliefs in eating disorders.

New View of Depression: An Ailment of the Entire Body.

Bulimia susceptibility linked to reward system and catecholamine dysfunction.

So great, so meta – the ingredients of 13 pies, in 13 pie charts.

Guided self-help as the first step for bulimic symptoms: implementation of a stepped-care model within specialized psychiatry.

Psychopathological and Clinical Features of Remitted Anorexia Nervosa Patients: A Six-year Follow-up Study.

Breaking the Silence on Eating Disorders.

Cognitive Set-Shifting in Anorexia Nervosa.

Brain activity gives scientists clues about eating disorders.

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hm said...

I found the timing of puberty thing interesting. I started puberty around 8.5 yrs, and had my period at 10. I definitely began obsessing heavily about my size at that point- but I don't think it was because I was comparing myself to magazines. At 10, what magazines would I have been looking at? It wasn't about being "thin"- I felt utterly out of control inside my body. I felt gawky and awkward and panicky and never thought about full-on starving to change my size- rather, I began to starve to alleviate the panic of all the change. I remember a distinct feeling of not feeling like I fit into my skin- bumping into things b/c my body didn't fit on me right anymore- imagining that I was as giant and looming as a 3-story house, and that everywhere I walked I stuck out like a sore thumb.

So I agree that early puberty could have impact on early onset of AN. But the paper seems to imply that the AN is an attempt to resolve the body dissatisfaction resulting from the early puberty- to me, that sounds like the child is choosing the AN as a potential solution- rather than the AN being a subconscious reaction TO the anxiety produced during early onset puberty.

I can see that there is a likely correlation, but I disagree with their interpretation of what that correlation indicates.

Anonymous said...

The set-shifting study is interesting. I, too, am aware that children and adolescents with AN do not show cognitive rigidity in the same way that adults with AN do. Whether this is due to the adults having lived for many years with AN - and how AN has affected their brain development, or whether it is due to a primary development disorder is unclear and may vary from person to person.

Like hm, above, I think that the way that data from research studies are interpreted is important. Early puberty can lead to an individual to feeling very different to his/her peers - and uncomfortable with his/her body (and feelings - e.g. sexual feelings). But whether the ED develops as a consequence of body dissatisfaction or energy deprivation (e.g. from dieting in an attempt to change the body) is unclear. I like to review the meaning of research findings from every angle.

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