Monthly Archives: August 2013

News You Can Use – August 29 – September 1 2013

News You Can Use

“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 August 29 – September 1 2013!”

The Complex Choices in Sustainable Seafood – I find that I am pretty confident when it comes to buying grass-fed beef, pastured poultry and other land meats, but I am confused when it comes to buying fish. Do I get wild salmon, canned pole caught tuna or farmed tilapia? Do I trust the signs at Whole Foods next to the sea bass claiming it’s sustainably raised and a good choice, even though it’s flown in fresh from South America? What about fish I catch myself? Which fish are still in good enough numbers that I can feel good about eating them and which ones are so full of mercury that I need to avoid them? Learn More.

Human-Relevant Levels of  Sugar Consumption Increase Female Mortality and Lower Male Fitness in Mice [study] Learn More.

Omega-3s Tied to Lower Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis – Women who have diets high in omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those who skimp on fish, new research suggests. Learn More.

You can also learn more about Omega-3s in my recent blog post!

Is it Game Over for Coke and Pepsi? Recent earning reports from soft drink manufacturers are highlighting what seems to be an irreversible trend – soft drink consumption in the US is falling. In 2010 – we drank 0.5% less than the year before. In 2011, the drop was 1%. Last year we drank 1.2% less fizzy sugar water. In fact, 2012 was the year with lowest soda consumption since 1987. This is great news for public health, because despite what the beverage industry will tell you, sugar water is the top calorie contributor in the American Diet. So, should investors be selling off their Coca Cola shares? Learn More.

Patent Confirms that Aspartame is the Excrement of GM Bacteria – In 1999, The Independent published an article entitled “World’s top sweetener is made with GM bacteria,” which revealed that Monsanto was knowingly adding aspartame to soft drinks in the United States – and that aspartame is made from GM bacteria. This report, which remains one of the earliest disclosures on aspartame in a mainstream newspaper, received little attention after its publication – possibly because its implications were underestimated at the time – and it has long been forgotten. Learn More.

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Eating Disorder Pro Podcast – Making Healthy Eating Easy with Carmen Johnson

Carmen Johnson

Join us on TUESDAY September 3rd at 7:00 pm EST as we talk with Carmen Johnson about how to make healthy eating easy! We’ll be broadcasting live from The Norton Center for Eating Disorders in Cincinnati, Ohio! This episode is especially important if you suffer from anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, obesity, or binge eating disorder.

Carmen Johnson is a Board Certified Health Coach and founder and CEO of The Healthy Kids Revolution. We’ll be taking your questions LIVE at 646-378-0494You can tune in HERE.

“Carmen is the Founder & CEO of The Healthy Kids Revolution, which educates children and parents on the basics of creating true Cell Health through on-line group education and video tutorials.  Her Insane Body Science program has been sent to Yale Prevention Research Center for review and is impacting children & adults alike. Founder/CEO of Minding What Matter, Inc., Founder & President of Feed The Mind Foundation, Inc. a NC based Not-For-Profit aimed at combating childhood obesity in the under-served public schools, Vice-President of Charlotte Health’s Angels a Charlotte, NC based Health Coaches group formed to create and enhance sustainable wellness for individuals in the community, and Lead Child Nutrition Educator for Hydro One Beverage Company, Carmen continues to teach thousands of children & parents her methods of Healthy Eating Made Easy with great success! Because True Health begins with Healthy Cells!”

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

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Fats Explained: Conjugated Linoleic Acid – The Good Trans fat

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Whether you suffer from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Obesity, emotional eating, or have problems with weight management due to restricting or overeating, you need to know about what fats do in your body once and for all. In other words whether you are obese, underweight or a normal weight, if you are having problems regulating food intake in healthy ways, this series on fat is a must.

Trans fats vs. Non Trans Fats

Another way to categorize fats is whether or not a fat is a trans fat. There are two trans fatty acids.  The one that is exceptionally good for us is CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, which is found in grass-fed animal protein such as beef, bison, venison etc. The other is man-made trans fat, which is a class unto itself. This fat is the industrially-produced, partially hydrogenated fat found in corn, soy, safflower, flax, cottonseed, canola, peanut, and sesame oil as well as that in margarine.  There really isn’t much else to say about man-made trans fats, other than that they are very damaging to the systems in the body that regulate eating and fat storage. They contribute to obesity and all of it’s complications, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, the aging process and various types of cancer. 

Conjugated Linoleic Acid: Good Trans-Fat

When we think of fats that are unhealthy, we think of trans fats.  But one of the healthiest fats, CLA, is a trans fat. Actually conjugated linoleic acid is both a trans fatty acid and a cis fatty acid. The cis bond causes a lower melting point and is apparently the reason for all of the health benefits associated with CLA. One of the reasons that CLA is so healthy, is that it allows us to absorb vitamins D, A and K. These vitamins are critical to our health and well-being, but can only be absorbed from full-fat grass-fed dairy and meat, as both contain high concentrations of CLA.  Another reason that CLA is so good for us is that it appears to convert readily to muscle instead of fat.

How CLA Effects Muscle and Body Fat

Grass-Fed Animal Protein and CLA

Most beef sold in the United States is not grass-fed. Instead, most cattle are raised on grain and other types of feed. The majority of these animals are also treated with hormones and antibiotics, which pass through to humans, resulting in higher rates of cancer in women who began their periods prematurely and resistance to antibiotics in the population at large.

How Is CLA Made?

Cows are ruminants, which means that they have more than one stomach. Digestion in such animals begins in an organ called the rumen, where CLA is formed. The animal regurgitates and re-chews its cud and eventually digests the CLAs from the grass, where they enter the meat and milk of the animal. Common ruminant food sources include cattle, goats, sheep and deer as they all graze on grass if left to their own devices.

Organic, grass-fed cows have 300 to 500 percent more CLA than cattle raised on other feeds. This is true of the beef, butter, milk and cheese produced from grass-fed cows. Grass-fed cows are the best source of CLA in the American diet.

The highest concentration of CLA in all foods, however, is contained in kangaroo meat. Raised wild in Australia, kangaroo meat is sold in 55 countries including the United States, though it is relatively difficult to find (in Cincinnati, you can find kangaroo meat at Jungle Jim’s). The meat is typically ground and used in sausage. Kangaroo has only been legal to eat since 1980 and is still not a staple meat in any diet, even in Australia. CLAs are also found to a much lesser extent in poultry. You can read more about food sources of CLA here.

Milk from Grass-Fed Cows is Higher in Vitamin E.

Cows that get all their nutrients from grazed grass—their natural diet—produce milk with 86 percent more vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) than cows fed a standard dairy diet, according to a recent study. The standard dairy diet consists of large amounts of “concentrate,” which is typically a dry mixture of corn and soy. The concentrate does not produce much CLA  or vitamin E.  In addition, the  grains are almost always genetically modified, causing all sorts of problems for humans, not the least of which is obesity.

Some organic dairies raise their cows on pasture grass and supplement them with organic concentrate; others keep their cows indoors and feed them organic concentrate and stored grasses. It’s important to know that the more freshly grazed grass in a cow’s diet, the more vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and CLA; Organic Valley is a nation-wide organic dairy that emphasizes grazing.

The Higher the Altitude, The More CLA.

Another interesting thing about pastured cows is that the colder the climate, the better the grass, and the more CLA. New research shows that cows that graze at relatively high altitudes may produce the healthiest milk and cheese of all. Milk from cows that graze in the Alps, for example, have more omega-3 fatty acids while also having significantly less saturated fat. The reason? It has to do with plant antifreeze. Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids stay fluid at colder temperatures unlike saturated fats, which are solid at cold temperatures. A plant that has to withstand the cold needs more of this natural antifreeze to keep its cell membranes fluid in the cold. Cows that graze on this cold climate grass ingest more omega-3s as a result, which they then convert to CLA. In a recent study, cows that grazed in alpine meadows had more than twice the amount of CLA in their milk as similar cows that grazed down in the valley.  The lesson here is eat more Alpine cheese!

Natural CLA Vs. Synthetic CLA.

A new study shows that synthetic CLA pills may cause more harm than good. After reviewing 13 randomized studies, a group of researchers concluded that the pills do not reduce body weight or body fat to a significant degree. Worse yet, the researchers found that a kind of CLA found in the pills (CLA (t10, c12) may cause serious health complications, including an enlarged liver, lower levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, and insulin resistance. Meanwhile, the main type of CLA found in meat and dairy products (c9, t11 or “rumenic acid”) has been given a clean bill of health. Once again, when it comes to fat, Mother Nature knows best!

Other Articles in This Series

Fats Explained: Fatty Acids (Infographic)

Fats Explained: Non-Essential Fatty Acids – Omega-5, Omega-7, Omega-9

Fats Explained: Essential Fatty Acids – Omega-6

Fats Explained: Essential Fatty Acids – Omega-3

Fats Explained: Saturated and Unsaturated

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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News You Can Use – August 25-August 29 2013

News You Can Use

“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 August 25 – September 1 2013!”

Eating Disorder Anorexia May Be Linked to Brain Size – Scientists have discovered that the size of our brains may indicate the risk of developing an eating disorder, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Learn More.

New Mexico Adult Obesity Rate Stabilizes – Awareness and prevention efforts in the fight against obesity in New Mexico appear to be starting to yield positive results. A report released from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013, shows the number of obese adults in New Mexico is stabilizing. Learn More.

The 2013 Edition of ‘F as in Fat’ –  After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Learn More.

Baby Makes Four: When Mothers Have Eating Disorders – According to most mainstream media articles and more than a century of psychological research, eating disorders are the near-exclusive purview of young teenage girls. But what happens when that girl grows up? We know now that eating disorders can follow sufferers through college, young adulthood, and into partnerships, marriage, and pregnancy. As much as we assume that giving birth magically transforms a woman into a mother, the fact is that people are a package deal. Sometimes women experience a retreat of ED thoughts during pregnancy; for others, they get worse. Learn More.

Goodbye EDNOS, Hello OSFED – DSM-5 improved on upon DSM-IV by providing more detail about eating disorders that do not meet criteria for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. These presentations were previously classified as Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) in DSM-IV, but the category was renamed OSFED (Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders) in DSM-5.  Learn More.

‘Almost Anorexic’ Ballerina Reveals Her Struggle – Many people who struggle with their body image fall into a gray area between having no eating disorder and full-blown anorexia nervosa. Jenni Schaefer, once a budding ballerina, shares her struggle in a new book ‘Almost Anorexic,’ co-authored with psychologist Jennifer Thomas. Learn More.

Antipsychotic Drugs May Triple Kids’ Diabetes Risk, Study Says – Antipsychotic medications such as Seroquel, Abilify and Risperdal can triple a child’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the first year of usage, according to a new study. Learn More.

How the Brain Remembers Pleasure: Implications for Addiction –  Key details of the way nerve cells in the brain remember pleasure are revealed in a study by University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers published today in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The molecular events that form such “reward memories” appear to differ from those created by drug addiction, despite the popular theory that addiction hijacks normal reward pathways. Learn More.

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

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Fats Explained: Fatty Acids [Infographic]

Omega Fatty Acids

Whether you suffer from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Obesity, emotional eating, or have problems with weight management due to restricting or overeating, you need to know about what fats do in your body once and for all. In other words whether you are obese, underweight or a normal weight, if you are having problems regulating food intake in healthy ways, this series on fat is a must.

Omega-3, 5 & 6 fatty acids are poly-unsaturated fats while Omega-7 and Omega-9 fatty acids are mono-unsaturated fats.  The name “Omega” indicates how far from the end of the molecule (i.e. the omega position is the last letter in the Greek alphabet) the first double bond occurs. In an Omega-3 fat it occurs on the third carbon atom from the end of the molecule, in an Omega-5 it occurs 5 from the end of the molecule and so on.

Below is an infographic we’ve created that summarizes some of the information we’ve posted about fatty acids. We strongly encourage you to read all the articles that we’ve posted about Omega Fatty Acids.

Fats Explained: Essential Fatty Acids – Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Fats Explained: Essential Fatty Acids – Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Fats Explained: Non-Essential Fatty Acids – Omega-5, Omega-7, and Omega-9 Fatty Acids

Omega Fatty Acids Chart

Click here to view a larger version of this infographic.

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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News You Can Use: August 18-25 2013

News You Can Use

“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 August 18 – August 25 2013!”

Fighting Obesity: Utah 7th Best in Nation, Kids are Number 1 – Utah programs are credited with fighting obesity, helping rank Utah’s 7th least obese in the nation and the state with the lowest rates of childhood obesity. Learn More.

Plastics Chemicals May Boost Kids’ Risk for Obesity, Diabetes – Chemicals used in plastic food wraps and containers could be contributing to childhood diabetes and obesity, two new studies claim. One study links phthalates to increased insulin resistance in children, while another associates bisphenol A (BPA) with high body-mass index (BMI) and expanding waistlines. Learn More.

U.S. Obesity  Leveling Off, But at High Rate: Report – Obesity levels among adults appear to be holding steady across the United States, adding to recent evidence that the growth rate for U.S. waistlines is slowing, according to an analysis released on Friday. Learn More.

Soda Drinking Tied to Kids’ Behavior Problems: Study – Children who drink soda tend to score slightly higher on scales that measure aggressive behavior than kids who don’t drink the carbonated beverages, according to a new study. Learn More.

Exercise May Cut Endometrial Cancer Risk for Heavy Women – Overweight and obese women who get plenty of exercise may have a lower risk of endometrial cancer than if they were sedentary, according to new research. Learn More.

Habits Linked to Obesity May Differ for Boys and Girls – Some behaviors, such as TV watching and eating school lunches, were linked to obesity among sixth grade boys and girls in a new study, but other risk factors were gender specific. Involvement in sports, for example, was tied to a lower risk of obesity in boys but not girls and drinking milk was linked to lowered risk among girls but not boys, according to researchers from the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. Learn More.

Alexithymia and Eating Disorders: A Critical Review of the Literature – Alexithymia is characterized by difficulties identifying feelings and differentiating between feelings and bodily sensations, difficulties communicating feelings, and a concrete cognitive style focused on the external environment. Individuals with eating disorders have elevated levels of alexithymia, particularly difficulties identifying and describing their feelings. Learn More. There’s an article that responds to the study HERE.

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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News You Can Use – August 11-18 2013

News You Can Use

“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 August 11 – August 18 2013!”

Girls With Anorexia Show Characteristics of Autism, Study Finds – Scientists studying girls with the eating disorder anorexia have found they show a mild echo of the characteristics of autism – a finding which could point to new ways of helping anorexics overcome their illness. Learn More.

Baby Formula May Increase Risk of Adult Obesity, Diseases, Study Says – Formula-fed babies may grow too quickly and may be more susceptible than breastfed babies to obesity and other chronic diseases later in life, a new study says. Learn More.

3 Ways Yoga Can Help Relieve Eating Disorders – A 2013 systematic review, published in Disability and Rehabilitation, reveals physical therapy including yoga can help patients suffering from anorexia and bulimia. Learn More.

Kids May Not Offset Extra Exercise at School – Children who exercise at school don’t make up for the extra effort by being less active at home, according to a new U.S. study that used accelerometers to track kids’ activity levels. Learn More.

Kids’ Chronic Stomach Pain  Tied to Anxiety Disorders – Children with chronic or recurring stomach pain without a clear medical explanation were also more likely to have an anxiety disorder than those without stomach problems, in a new study. Learn More.

Internet-based Intervention For Eating Disorders in Adults: A Systematic Review – This systematic review evaluates the efficacy of internet-based interventions for the treatment of different eating disorders in adults. Learn More.

Picking or Nibbling: Frequency and Associated Clinical Features in Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder – Picking or ribbling (P&N) is a newly studied eating behavior characterized by eating in an unplanned and repetitious manner in between meals and snacks. This behavior seems to be related to poorer weight loss outcomes after bariatric surgery for weight loss in severely obese patients, but clarification is still required regarding its value in other clinical samples. The purpose of this study was to investigate the frequency of P&N across different eating disorder samples, as well as to examine its association with psychopathological eating disorder features. Learn More.

Sugar Love – A history of our love affair with sugar. Learn More.

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Take my new Eating Disorder survey!

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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

©2013, Dr J Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr J Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible. Please credit ‘© 2013, Dr J Renae Norton. http://edpro.wpengine.com’.

Fats Explained: Non-essential Fatty Acids – Omega-5, Omega-7, Omega-9

Macadamia Nuts

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Whether you suffer from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Obesity, emotional eating, or have problems with weight management due to restricting or overeating, you need to know about what fats do in your body once and for all. In other words whether you are obese, underweight or a normal weight, if you are having problems regulating food intake in healthy ways, this series on fat is a must.

Omega-3, 5 & 6 fatty acids are poly-unsaturated fats while Omega-7 and Omega-9 fatty acids are mono-unsaturated fats.  The name “Omega” indicates how far from the end of the molecule (i.e. the omega position is the last letter in the Greek alphabet) the first double bond occurs. In an Omega-3 fat it occurs on the third carbon atom from the end of the molecule, in an Omega-5 it occurs 5 from the end of the molecule and so on.

Non-essential Polyunsaturated Omega-5 Fatty Acid

While Omega-5s are polyunsaturated like Omega-3 and Omega-6, they are not considered essential, i.e. our bodies need them to function but can produce them without receiving them directly from food. Omega 5s from healthy sources are believed to have a positive effect on weight, cardiovascular health and blood sugar balance. Omega-5’s can potentially ease the symptoms of menopause due to their phytonutrient content. The most common Omega-5s are Punicic Acid (PA) and Myristoleic Acid (MA).

Some food sources of Omega-5 include:

  • Full-fat/grass-fed dairy
  • Tropical oils (unrefined, cold-pressed coconut and palm kernel)
  • Saw palmetto
  • Wild-caught salmon
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pomegranate seeds or unrefined, cold-pressed pomegranate oil

Non-Essential Monounsaturated Fatty Acids, Omegas 7, & 9

The majority of people get enough of these Omegas from dietary sources, so the need for supplementation is rare. 

Polyunsaturated Non-essential Omega-7 Fatty Acids have been shown to have a positive effect on healthy weight loss and bowel regularity. Due to the antioxidant and anti-aging properties, Omega-7s also play a role in nourishing healthy cells, especially in the digestive tract. The most common Omega-7s are Vaccenic Acid (VA) and Palmitoleic Acid (PA).

Common food sources are:

  • Grass-fed/Grass-finished meat
  • Full-fat, grass-fed dairy
  • Wild caught salmon
  • Sea buckthorn berries
  • Macadamia nuts

Polyunsaturated Non-essential Omega-9 Fatty Acids are linked to healthy cardiovascular systems, healthy cholesterol levels, improved immune function and healthy blood sugar levels. The most common Omega-9s are Oleic Acid (OA), Eicosatrienoic acid (ETE), and Erucic acid (EA).

Natural sources of good Omega-9s include:

  • Olives
  • Expeller pressed olive oil
  • Avocado
  • Grass-fed/grass-finished meat
  • Sprouted nuts

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Food for Thought – August 2013

August 2013
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Hello and Welcome.

Thank you for taking the time to check out the newsletter! This information is meant to provide you with up to the minute news you can use on your journey to becoming a more mindful consumer and a healthier version of yourself! To that end, I invite you to submit requests and/or give your input. Maybe you have a recipe that you think others would enjoy. Or perhaps you have a question about food, exercise, or how to develop good habits. Please use this form to submit your question and I will make every effort to get back to you in the next issue.

Eat Clean, Commit to be Fit, and Live Life Wisely,

Renae Norton

Podcast: ‘It’s Not About the Food’ with Esther Kane

Join us on Wednesday August 7 at 7:00 pm EST as we talk with Esther Kane, author of ‘ It’s Not About the Food ‘. We’ll be taking your questions LIVE at 646-378-0494. First THREE callers will receive a copy of my latest book ‘ Let’s Eat! Maji Teaches Mongo What It Means to Eat Clean ‘.

This is a show you won’t want to miss, especially if you or your loved one suffers from compulsive overeating, yo-yo dieting, bingeing and purging, self-starvation, obsessive exercising, or preoccupation with food and/or body. You can tune in  HERE 

Fats Explained.

Whether you suffer from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Obesity, emotional eating, or have problems with weight management due to restricting or overeating, you need to know about what fats do in your body once and for all. In other words whether you are obese, underweight or a normal weight, if you are having problems regulating food intake in healthy ways, this series on fat is a must. Learn more .

Sugar: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Should I avoid all forms of sugar? This is a frequently asked question from many of my patients that are in treatment for obesity or eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED). Learn more in my series ‘Sugar: The Good , The Bad , and The Ugly

How Eating Disorders are Changing

I recently spoke with Dr. Maria Rago about the changes we are seeing in eating disorders. Dr. Rago is Executive Vice President of ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) and Clinical Director and Founder of Rago and Associates Counseling Services. Learn more .

Dr. J Renae Norton’s Center for Eating Disorders & Obesity
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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Let’s Connect!

Take my new Eating Disorder survey!

Like me on Facebook

Twitter @drrenae

Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

Inquire about booking Dr Norton for a speaking engagement

Read About Dr Norton

View video about Dr Norton

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

©2013, Dr J Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr J Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible. Please credit ‘© 2013, Dr J Renae Norton. http://edpro.wpengine.com’.

Show Notes: It’s Not About the Food with Esther Kane

Esther Kane Eating Disorders

On this week’s episode we spoke with Esther Kane, author of “It’s Not About the Food:  A Woman’s Guide to Making Peace with Food and Our Bodies”.

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In this episode we covered:

2:36 – About Esther Kane.
5:17 –  How eating disorders are changing in Canada. The increase in male eating disorders and orthorexia.
6:44 – What is orthorexia?
8:37 – Caller Question: Is it okay to eat foods with harmful ingredients in moderation?
20:06 – How did you discover you had food allergies? Leaky Gut and Food Sensitivities.
24:15 – How Esther Kane became interested in eating disorder treatment.
27:00 – The message delivered in “Midwife your Midlife”
30:02 – There is a lot of pressure in the United States to be thin. Does this same pressure exist in Canada? How does the food industry compare in Canada compare to the food industry in the United States?
35:13 – The problem with low-fat diets.
36:09 – The issues with the Food Pyramid.
36:54 –  The availability of grassfed beef in Canada.
39:45 – How much did your Jewish culture play a role in your eating disorders, if at all?

Links we mentioned:

It’s Not About the Food: A Woman’s Guide to Making Peace with Food and Our Bodies
Midwife Your Midlife: Graceful Aging for Women
Health Food Junkies
Not Just a Pretty Face: Exploring Jewish Women’s Experiences of Eating Problems

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Let’s Connect!

Take my new Eating Disorder survey!

Like me on Facebook

Twitter @drrenae

Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

Inquire about booking Dr Norton for a speaking engagement

Read About Dr Norton

View video about Dr Norton

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

©2013, Dr J Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr J Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible. Please credit ‘© 2013, Dr J Renae Norton. http://edpro.wpengine.com’.