“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of June 1-4 2013!”
Fittest Cities take Exercise Publicly and Personally – Cities that provide parks, walking trails, playing fields and running tracks are setting standards for the country’s healthiest urban areas and showing that if they build fitness opportunities, residents will come. READ MORE.
Through a Door Sideways: Body Size Distortion in Anorexia – In order to fit ourselves through openings like doors, we need to have a basic idea of the rough size of our bodies. Our brains don’t necessarily think in inches or pant sizes. But most of us have a semi-accurate idea of our general size and shape and the types of doorways through which we can fit. People with anorexia nervosa aren’t most people. In a virtual reality setting, people with AN angled their bodies to walk through doorways that were much larger than their actual bodies. These results show that the feelings of “fat” frequently seen in AN aren’t just emotional–they’re also physical. READ MORE.
Two-Thirds of Americans Not ‘Very Happy’ – Americans are not a very happy bunch these days, with only a third qualifying as “very happy,” a new poll reveals. On an upside, fewer Americans report their work is frustrating compared to when the last happiness survey was taken in 2011. READ MORE.
Obesity Bias Common Among Medical Students – Overweight and obese people are often the butt of jokes and the victims of bias, yet one would think they could at least find civility in the doctor’s office. Not necessarily so, according to two separate studies. One study revealed that many medical students have an unconscious anti-obesity bias, mirroring medical instructors, and another showed that obese patients are more likely than normal-weight patients to switch doctors because of negative interactions with their physicians. READ MORE.
Three Concerns Rising from Oregon’s GMO Wheat – Twelve years ago, several Oregon farms were a test site for genetically modified wheat created by Monsanto. The testing lasted until 2004, the last year the manufacturer was given permission for testing. That’s why it came as quite a shock when a farmer recently discovered that some of the wheat growing on his land is contaminated with GMO strains that were supposed to have been eliminated 9 years ago. READ MORE.
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