Sunday Smörgåsbord

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.

Psychology of Food Cravings: What makes food cravings different than hunger? The role of specific mental imageries.

Heightened fear of uncertainty in anorexia and bulimia nervosa.

Children develop pain-coping strategies by watching parents deal with pain.

Characteristics of persons with an eating disorder and type 1 diabetes and psychological comparisons with persons with an eating disorder and no diabetes.

Are you a supertaster? Your friends and family may not be tasting food the same way you do. Take the test here.

Electrocortical Processing of Food and Emotional Pictures in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

Body Image Often Based on Others' Opinion.

The Blind Spot in the Drive for Childhood Obesity Prevention: Bringing Eating Disorders Prevention Into Focus as a Public Health Priority.

Are gyms fueling eating disorders?

Pharmacological Interventions for Binge Eating: Lessons from Animal Models, Current Treatments, and Future Directions.

Study shows how discrimination hurts: lack of fair treatment leads to obesity issues.

Personality pathology and its influence on eating disorders.

A brief introduction to Family Based Treatment from (presumably the site is about kids and eating, not how to cannibalize your kid sister).

The mind-body-microbial continuum.

Of interest to those of you following the comments on the recent Barbie thread: this week's cover story in New Scientist magazine is on neuroscience and free will. Sorry it's just a teaser, but I'm guessing some of you have personal and/or university access to read the complete article.

Eating behavior in anorexia nervosa: Before and after treatment.

The Human Brain Atlas, a map of gene expression in the human brain.

A meta-analysis of circulating BDNF concentrations in anorexia nervosa.

Hunger hormone enhances sense of smell.

Neurobiological and Psychopathological Variables Related to Emotional Instability: A Study of Their Capability to Discriminate Patients with Bulimia Nervosa from Healthy Controls.

Why diets are bad for children.

Food for Thought: The Anthropology of Obesity.

If you can arrange your court docket, try to slot yourself for right after lunch. Judges are *much* less likely to grant parole when they're hungry.

The role of dietitians in treating eating disorders.

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Anonymous said...

I love your blog and read it often. However today I am puzzled by your choice on a couple of links. One for the "supertaster test" - the link is in fact to a site that is *selling the test, not to an interesting and fun online test, and it looks like an ad to me. And the one on diets being bad for kids - with which I wholeheartedly, no vehemently, agree- is to a site that looks good at first but seems to be a gathering for Weight Watchers aficionados.

Anyway, if I had kids, what I'd be in an uproar about this week would be the move to remove chocolate milk from school cafeterias. Ridiculous! I drank chocolate milk every single day of my life from kindergarten through high school - and not just at lunch but at home too and don't believe I suffered one ill effect. And taking out the fat in a food for consumption by children is just plain wrong. Kids need fat and cholesterol. What on earth are we doing????

Jen said...

The brain mapping is fascinating!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for including this link.

ola said...

Wow, "Intolerance of Uncertainity" could probably be the title of my life...
Uncertainity = anxiety = trying to identify some "certain" problem --> "great" idea of "unhealthy eating" being my problem --> restricting --> you-know-what...

Right now, just months before my graduation and jobs searching this is very up-to-date problem for me.

As always when I read some studies, there is the answer- what is the underlying problem- low treashold for uncertainity tolerance as possible cause/trigger for anxiety, ocd, eating disorders or vice versa? And is it important?
I admire your Smörgasbord and your blog. There is a lot of "quotes" from it copied in my diary. I couldn't read few of the articles, because they were triggering, but Carrie, you are doing great job here in the virtual and still so real and liing space(and your life I think). I can't help myself being curious: isn't it tiring/triggering to spend your time with so much ED research ad news? Or does it help you to gain some insight/objectivity? (I hope so!:)

ola said...

I am sorry: answer = question
Isn't our brain funny?
(I've alreadyspent too much time on the new brain atlas in the last week:)

Katie said...

I'm curious about the study into eating behaviour post-recovery. Do you think it means that relatively few people in recovery ever learn to stop restricting entirely and eat intuitively, or does it mean that people in recovery DO learn healthy behaviours in recovery and are less likely to veer to the other extreme and overeat/become overweight? My weight is probably a little lower than the average for a 26 year old women my height, but my intake is definitely higher than many people I know around my age, because I know exactly how much I need to eat to maintain and I am very careful not to undereat. A lot of women my age seem to think they need far fewer calories than they really do, and so screw up their metabolisms without really losing weight, if that makes sense. So the results of that study are interesting.

Psychology today have a new blog for FBT, hopefully they will write some nice posts which will make it into future Sunday posts of yours :)

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