Sunday Smorgasbord

Another Sunday, another smorgasbord. I hope you enjoy this week's selection of ED-related (and occasionally not) tasty tidbits from around the web.

Dear Eating Disorder

What the heck is self-talk?

Virtual reality food could be used in therapy for eating disorders

Impulsive, weak-willed or just too much dopamine? Brain study highlights role of dopamine in impulsive behavior

"The errant behavior of addicts" in the Frontal Cortex. (I'm curious to research synaptic plasticity in EDs as well)

Estimates of 3-year remission rates in eating disorders varies widely depending on criteria used

How hunger affects our financial risk taking

Clinical utility of DSM-IV eating disorder criteria at a residential ED treatment center

Understanding Mental Disorders: No Easy Answers

Check out the Binge Eating Disorder Association's new blog: BEDAdvocate

Body acceptance and facing photos of yourself

The Then-Now Continuum (by Finding Melissa)

Adolescents dieting because of psychological distress have high risk of developing an eating disorder

Quality of life, course and predictors of outcomes in community women with EDNOS and common eating disorders

Perceived expressed emotion in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder

And a thought-provoking quote for the 4th of July:

"Just the other day, I was in my neighborhood Starbucks, waiting for the post office to open. I was enjoying a chocolately caffe mocha when it occurred to me that to drink a mocha is to gulp down the entire history of the New World. From the Spanish exportation of Aztec cacao, and the Dutch invention of the chemical process for making cocoa, on down to the capitalist empire of Hershey, PA, and the lifestyle marketing of Seattle’s Starbucks, the modern mocha is a bittersweet concoction of imperialism, genocide, invention, and consumerism served with whipped cream on top." --Sarah Vowell

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Rose said...

I was wondering- what EXACTLY is the whole "fat acceptance" movement about. Is it different from HAES, as the writer of the "boychick" blog suggests it is? Do you have an opinion on either one?
curious ;)

Cathy (UK) said...

Rose (above) - I'm sure Carrie will answer this for you (and probably better than I can...).

I don't know much about "fat acceptance" but I'm well acquainted with "Health At Every Size" (HAES). The latter promotes 'healthy eating' (in the sense of well balanced meals, including lots of fruit and veggies, but not low calorie) alongside regular physical activity. The hypothesis is that bigger people need not be at risk of various diseases associated with overweight/obesity provided they eat well and exercise regularly. It is a non-dieting approach to a healthy lifestyle for people who may be overweight/obsese.

HAES makes sense in some ways, because for many people - dieting doesn't work. It leads to increased appetite, the potential to binge and reductions in metabolic rate. Consequently, many people end up 'yoyo dieting' and gaining back more weight than they lose (and becoming very unhappy with themselves in the process...).

HAES is a sort of 'fat acceptance', but it does promote a 'healthy lifestyle'.

P.S. Carrie, I really like the paper about adolescent dieting due to psychological distress vs simple body shape/weight change.

Unknown said...

THANK YOU for this. i'm always looking for new articles to check out!

Anonymous said...

Interesting new interview

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