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.

Restraint eating and sensitivity to stress: preliminary experimental evidence.

Unanticipated Rapid Remission of Refractory Bulimia Nervosa, during High-Dose Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of the Dorsomedial Prefrontal Cortex: A Case Report.

The level of associated depression and anxiety traits improves during weight regain in eating disorder patients.

Self-compassion could be the next best weapon in the battle against eating disorders.

Socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of individuals with diagnoses of eating disorder in a university hospital in Istanbul.

Mortality and Its Predictors in Severe Bulimia Nervosa Patients.

Someone you know freaking out needlessly about a health news story? Tell 'em how to do a Double X Double-Take.

Quetiapine not effective in the treatment of anorexia.

Binge eating during pregnancy and birth outcomes: A cohort study in a disadvantaged population in Brazil.

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The Yale-Brown-Cornell eating disorders scale self-report questionnaire: A new, efficient tool for clinicians and researchers.

 How Brain Networks Influence Eating Disorders.

Work and social adjustment in patients with anorexia nervosa.

The Dance Of Perfectionism And Addiction: Why ‘Good Enough’ Is The Gold Standard in Recovery.

Adaptation and evaluation of an Internet-based prevention program for eating disorders in a sample of women with subclinical eating disorder symptoms: A pilot study.

The Chinese characters for epilepsy are changing to reduce stigma.

Pubertal development predicts eating behaviors in adolescence.

Brain Scans Forecast Eating and Sexual Behavior in Women.

Eating-related anxiety in individuals with eating disorders.

Binge Eating Disorder Continues to Rise Among Men.

What components of perfectionism predict drive for thinness?

Eating disorders and social support: perspectives of recovered individuals.

Come play with me: an argument to link autism spectrum disorders and anorexia nervosa through early childhood pretend play.

No Pain, No Gain: Why We Punish Ourselves.

Nothing to do with EDs, but really cool nonetheless: "Welcome to the Anthropocene" maps every land & water transportation route on Earth in a celestial 3-minute clip.

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Nikki said...

Hi! I just started a blog, and I'm wondering how you deal with negative comments from readers, particularly when the subject of your blog is about a personal issue--like eating disorders--that can be very sensitive.

Anonymous said...

A complex mix... Thanks, Carrie! I will comment on just two papers, which particularly grabbed my attention:

First: "Come play with me: an argument to link autism spectrum disorders and anorexia nervosa through early childhood pretend play." I think that research in this field would be really useful. There does seem to be a link between ASD and AN, alongside the presence of a subgroup of individuals with AN who have strong/many autistic traits. As a small child, I didn't engage much in pretend play, and I absolutely didn't understand why many small girls were interested in playing with dolls. I really didn't like dolls, although I loved teddy bears and other soft toys. Most of all I liked trains and trucks and lego...

Second, the qualitative study "Eating disorders and social support; perspectives of recovered individuals". One of the most difficult issues during recovery from AN (for me and for others I know) has been social integration and coping with others' responses to your ED. I know that I have found social support really critical in aiding my recovery.

I haven't downloaded either of the full papers, but the abstracts to these two papers certainly look interesting!

Carrie Arnold said...


There really should be a blogger school for that!

I've been on the receiving end of negative, hateful comments. Thankfully, it's been minimum.

Here's the thing: the ability to comment on a blog post, newspaper story, whatever, can bring out the worst in someone, especially if it's anonymous. {{The short answer is: people can be assholes.}} I'm not saying you should tolerate it or like it BUT it helped me to expect it.

It hurts and it sucks but DON'T take it personally. Like I said, some people are assholes and they will display their asshattery on any number of sites, yours included. Apparently you drew the unlucky number.

I generally ignore the mean comments. I will say something once, maybe twice, and if the nastiness continues, I close down comments on the post because there's just no point in continuing the discussion. I am firm about not allowing any meanness on my blog because it needs to be a safe place for people. Typically I let the comments up unless they're really offensive just so that a) other readers know what's going on and also b) as a memorial to their asshattery. I am also aboveboard about why I've closed down comments or deleted something.

I've been lucky- I haven't had much of a problem with it. Mostly, I ignore it and that's been helpful.

Angela Elain Gambrel said...

That's interesting that the study found that quetiapine was not effective for anorexia, since I credit it—along with an excellent eating disorders psychiatrist—with my recovery, I think because it went a long way in reducing my anxieties about eating.

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