Monthly Archives: April 2015

News You Can Use-Week of April 26th-May 3rd, 2015

“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 April 27th-May 3rd.

NEWS: Ask Well: Do Microwaves Degrade Food Nutrients?

Are there any good quality studies regarding loss of nutrients due to heating (not cooking) food in a microwave? LEARN MORE

NEWS: What to Tell Your Daughter about Her Weight

I remember the first time I heard that I was going to have a baby boy.  There was a part of me that felt immediate relief that my baby wasn’t going to be a girl.  It was the part of me that spent hours each day as a researcher studying weight management, body image, and disordered eating.  I knew, with a son, that it was less likely that these issues would affect my child. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Kraft to Overhaul Mac & Cheese, Remove Artificial Dyes and Preservatives

Good news this week. On Monday, Kraft announced that it will be removing artificial ingredients from its iconic Mac and Cheese line of products in the US by January 2016. Changes in consumer awareness and a preference for more natural and healthy foods are forcing the largest food companies in America to improve their offering or see sales decline. LEARN MORE

NEWS: 8 Things to Know About the Humble Pea

Peas, of the legume family, are not a sexy food. They are, however, tasty and packed with nutrients. Here’s what you need to know: LEARN MORE

NEWS: Leaky gut syndrome, Candida, and autoimmune disease

Candida is not inherently bad, but when left unchecked, when it takes over the gut and is allowed to flourish, it will damage the intestinal wall. Then Candida, along with other microbes, will migrate outside of the intestinal tract and into the body, flourishing everywhere, fed by all the sugars and damaged cells that are also entering the bloodstream. The immune system will react to the Candida (and gluten, with those two similar proteins) as it should, fighting invading pathogens that do not belong in the blood. LEARN MORE

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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.

News You Can Use Week of April 20th-26th

“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 April 20th-26th.

NEWS: Who Approves the Safety of New Food Ingredients?

Is a new food ingredient safe until proven harmful? LEARN MORE

NEWS: 5 Foods that Reduce Stress and Anxiety, According to Research

With all the stress in life, wouldn’t it be nice to allow your body to de-stress on autopilot? Whether mental or physical stress, your body needs vital nutrients that support your nervous system, especially when facing challenges. Research shows the following five foods to be a perfect fit! LEARN MORE

NEWS: 10 Reasons Why You Should Consume More Cucumbers

Considered a veggie but technically a fruit related to melons, the cucumber is often an afterthought or garnish for most. Too bad. It’s not only a tasty addition to many foods and very hydrating with it’s 90-plus percent water content; cucumbers are packed with a load of health-benefiting nutrients too. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Does Thinking You Are Fatter Make You Fatter?

Adolescence is a vulnerable period for the onset of body image dissatisfaction and eating disorders. Many adolescents misperceive their body size; it is not uncommon for normal weight* adolescents to categorize themselves as overweight. What is the effect of this misperception of body size? Compared with normal weight teens who accurately perceive their weight, those who misperceive their weight as overweight are more likely to diet for weight loss, use extreme weight loss measures such as diet pills, laxatives, vomiting, or not eating for 24 hours or more, exercise more, spend more time using electronics (“screen time”), and are more prone to overeating. Many of these behaviors are linked with development of obesity. In “Body Weight Misperception in Adolescence and Incident Obesity in Young Adulthood” researchers investigated if normal weight teens that misperceived themselves as overweight were more likely to develop obesity over a 12-year period. 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!

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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.

News You Can Use-Week of April 13th-19th

“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 April 13th-19th.

NEWS: New Role For Attention-Deficit Drug In Battle Against Binge Eating

Whether it’s in a television show or a movie, Hollywood has treated binge eating as a joke, but for an estimated 1 to 5 percent of American adults who suffer from this threat to their health and their lives, there’s nothing funny about it.  Learn More

NEWS: Is Binge Eating A Mental Illness? 5 Facts About The Disorder You Should Know

You might think binge eating is just a thing college-aged stoners or recently dumped people do, but in many cases, regular binge eating is actually an eating disorder that needs to be treated. In fact, in 2010, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released a new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Eating Disorders, officially listing binge eating disorder (BED) as a mental illness. To be clear here: we’re not talking just occasional Sunday sessions of overeating at brunch or late night snacking (let’s face it, we all need those from time to time). In its clinically diagnosed form, binge eating is a secret demon that can feel unbeatable. LEARN MORE

NEWS: We Break Our Own Hearts

The brain’s job is to protect us. Binge eating is an example of the brain attempting to do this and having it go horribly awry. To protect us from the neurochemical deficits caused by negative emotions, one of the brain’s immediate solutions is to increase dopamine (the brain’s happy dance drug). Regrettably, this occurs in the old mammal brain—home of the fight-or-flight response. Here the mantra is: survive now ask questions later. This part of the brain does not think because in crises action, not thought, increase your survival chances. That’s why you can eat yourself into a fudge coma, while ignoring the thigh karma until you are wearing your skinny jeans as a headband.  When you are bingeing, your brain is surviving now by reaping the neurochemical rewards of eating to obviate the immediate threat of negative emotional states. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Is It Time For A Warning Label On Sugar-Loaded Drinks?

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: We consume a lot more sugar than is good for our health. Because of this, the next generation of Americans will struggle with obesity and diabetes more than any other. The most obvious culprit is the added sugar in sodas and other sugary beverages, like sports drinks or teas. LEARN MORE

NEWS: How Much Sun Exposure Should I Get?

Question: My wife has had two melanomas removed and avoids the sun at all costs. But doesn’t she need to get at least a little sunlight for her health (i.e. vitamin D)? 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!

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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.

News You Can Use-Week of April 6th-12th, 2015

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 April 6th-12th.

Between sunscreen and indoor lifestyles, bodies crave vitamin D

Tammi Leader Fuller, 55, is outdoors most of the time, running her Malibu, Calif.-based sleepover camps for grown-ups. Yet, she knows she does not get enough of D, the “sunshine vitamin,” because it requires ultraviolet rays to be absorbed. LEARN MORE

Scientists Discover Why You Should Mix Different Lettuces Together

There’s nothing quite as disappointing as looking at your lunch and thinking, “Another salad. Yawn.” While we love leafy greens, a boring bowl of monochromatic leaves isn’t the best way to go, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The reseachers discovered that different-colored lettuces have different, yet complementary, antioxidant effects. LEARN MORE

A Scientific Explanation for Food Cravings

Do you ever get food cravings? An irresistible urge to eat a specific food that leads to a bad mood or even physical pangs of hunger? LEARN MORE

Raw Milk – The Pros and Cons

In real food circles, people are encouraged to consume unprocessed, whole foods. Yet even seemingly unprocessed food that we buy at the supermarket has gone through some changes. For example, the organic milk you buy at Whole Foods is not exactly what came out of a cow, because it has been pasteurized – treated by high heat to kill off potentially lethal microorganisms. That’s why some people swear by raw milk. LEARN MORE

All People With Eating Disorders Are Underweight, Right?

As a clinical psychologist with an expertise in eating disorders, people frequently tell me stories about their experiences with eating and weight. Some tell painful stories of watching loved ones deal with severe symptoms. Some express their own struggles around dieting and body image. Some describe trying to treat patients. And some just ask questions. 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!

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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.