“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 September 15 – September 22 2013!”
Does Anorexia Have a Genetic Link? New Theory Suggests the Disorder May Not be Purely Down to Social Pressures – Anorexia could be caused by a genetic mutation, according to new research. A study of the DNA of more than 3,000 people found the eating disorder may be caused by mutations that interfere with the processing of cholesterol, disrupting mood and diet. Learn More.
New Signs of Improvement in the Youth Obesity Epidemic? – New analysis finds more signs of improvement in weight-related behaviors among the nation’s youth, including physical activity, TV viewing, and fruit and vegetable consumption. Learn More.
Exercise May Help Alleviate Depression – Exercise may help ease symptoms of depression, according to a fresh look at past research. Researchers who analyzed data from previous studies found people who exercised experienced a “moderate” reduction in their depressive symptoms compared to those who did other activities, such as using relaxation techniques, or received no treatment. Learn More.
Group Therapy May Prevent Depression in At-Risk Teens – Kids of depressed parents have an increased likelihood of becoming depressed, too, but group therapy sessions may help reduce that risk, according to a new study. Learn More.
The Treatment Variables That Affect Long-Term Recovery – The basic goals of eating disorder treatment are to reduce or eliminate eating disorder symptoms, address co-morbid disorders, and improve quality of life. When researchers study these treatment in clinical trials, they generally focus on the first issue and seek to ask whether this treatment reduces eating disorder symptoms. It’s not a bad goal for an eating disorder treatment, though hardly comprehensive. Learn More.
Why Are So Many Kids Allergic? – Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a major study on children and allergies. The results were astounding. Among other things, the government survey suggested:
- 1 in 20 children have food allergies (up 50 percent from the 1990s)
- 1 in 8 have skin allergies or eczema (that number is up 69 percent)
- There has been no increase in hay fever or other respiratory allergies
In some ways, these numbers are no surprise. Learn More.
There’s No Getting Around It. The New Chipotle Ad is Amazing – It’s being called “the most beautiful, haunting infomercial you’ll ever see.” And with Oscar-ready animation from the acclaimed visual effects wizards at MOONBOT Studios set over a score of Fiona Apple covering “Pure Imagination” from the 1971 cult children’s film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, is it any wonder that Chipotle’s “stealth” promo for a free iOS game is already on a fast-track to become one of this year’s most successful marketing campaigns — all without barely mentioning the word “Chipotle.” Learn More.
Biotech Industry Slips Pro-GMO Propaganda Into Children’s School Textbooks – The biotech industry is now directly targeting America’s schoolchildren with their propaganda. In the past, Monsanto and other GMO giants tried to indoctrinate elementary-aged youths with a biotechnology-themed coloring book; this time though, the industry’s shameless promotions have come in an 8th grade textbook printed by the Evan-Moor Corporation. Learn More.
New Study Proves that GMO Labeling Won’t Affect Food Prices – Yesterday, Just Label It, a coalition of 650 organizations in support of labeling genetically engineered food products, released a new independent study showing that GMO labeling would not cause higher food prices. 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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