News You Can Use – February 16th-23rd, 2014

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 February 16-23 2014!”

Eating Disorders Deadly for Adults Too – It is known that eating disorders typically first strike during adolescence, boys and girls are afflicted and genetics play a significant role. With high relapse and low recovery rates, eating disorders remain the most deadly of psychiatric conditions. Less well-known is that almost 80 per cent of anorexia-related deaths occur among women over 45, according to a paper by Merryl Bear for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre. Older bodies are less resilient to the physical damage wrought by ongoing eating-disorder behaviours. Learn More.

Effects of Bullying May Add Up in Kids [study] – The negative physical and mental effects tied to bullying among children and teens may accumulate throughout the years, according to a new study. Learn More.

California Lawmaker Wants Labels on Sugary Drinks – Sodas and most other sugar-sweetened drinks sold in California would be required to carry warning labels for obesity, diabetes and tooth decay under a bill introduced in Sacramento on Thursday and backed by several public health advocacy groups. Learn More.

Love Yourself: A Body (Image) Makeover for Women – Women athletes, working women, and artists are all getting in on the ongoing discussion of women’s bodies in the media. Learn More.

Growing Number of Chemicals Linked with Brain Disorders in Children –  Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children — such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia. Learn More.

Child Obesity: Using Attention Modification Program to Decrease Attention modification programs, which train a person to ignore or disregard specific, problematic cues or triggers, have been used effectively to treat cases of anxiety and substance abuse. In a novel study published this week, a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry reports using a single session of attention modification to decrease overeating in obese children. Learn More.

Geographic Variation of Human Gut Microbes Tied to Obesity – Researchers know that obese people have a different balance of microbes in their guts: more Firmicutes, fewer Bacteroidetes. Now researchers have found that people living in northern latitudes have a greater proportion of the Firmicutes associated with obesity than do people living farther south, and a smaller proportion of Bacteroidetes. The implications are unclear, though microbes may evolve with people to better extract energy from food in colder climates. Learn More.

Parents are Poor Judges of Children’s Weight – Many parents apparently believe their children are leaner than they actually are. A review of studies published in Pediatrics found that two-thirds of parents underestimate the weight of their offspring. 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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