“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 October 27 – November 3 2013!”
Largest Trial Worldwide: Psychotherapy Treats Anorexia Effectively – A large-scale study has now shown that adult women with anorexia whose disorder is not too severe can be treated successfully on an out-patient basis. Learn more.
Something “Needs Improvement,” But It’s Not Your Body – The phrase, “Needs Improvement” seems like a fair way to assess the spelling or cursive handwriting skills of an elementary school student. But the body composition of an adolescent child? Perhaps not. The parents of one 12-year-old girl in California recently received a letter from their child’s school stating that their daughter’s body composition “needs improvement.” As you can imagine, this letter came as quite a shock, especially since the young woman is muscular, athletic and does Jujitsu four times a week. However, according to the Body Mass Index grade given by the school, her body isn’t quite good enough. Learn More.
Pediatricians Call for Limits on Kids’ Screen Time – Families should make a “media use plan” and set clear rules about TV, cell phones and other devices, pediatricians said today. That includes limiting kids’ screen time to one or two hours per day. Parents should also keep children’s rooms free of TV and Internet access. Learn More.
Talk Therapy May Ease Health-Related Anxiety – Talk therapy performed by nurses and other clinic staff may help people with health anxiety stop worrying about being sick when they’re not, a new study suggests. Learn More.
A Tale of Two Anorexia Genetics Studies – Over the past month, there have been two major, news-grabbing studies on the genetics of anorexia. Both of these studies carried headlines saying something like “Anorexia genes found!”. There are several problems with this. Learn More.
Women With Type-1 Diabetes Who Restrict Insulin Die an Average of 13 Years Earlier than Those Who Don’t – In a sobering study of 341 girls and women with type 1 diabetes, researchers found that nearly 30 percent skipped or reduced necessary insulin injections to lose weight. Learn More.
Health Startup ‘Noom’ Received NIH Grant to Study Smartphone Tech in Eating Disorder Treatment – The NIH grant is funding a study on the impacts of smartphone technology in eating disorder treatment. The two-year pilot study, which looks specifically at individuals with binge eating problems, will be led by eating disorder researcher Tom Hildebrandt at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Learn More.
Universities Urged to Help Students with Eating Disorders – Many students with eating disorders struggle to get the treatment they need at university, warns a charity. Without help, students with eating disorders risk dropping out of their studies. Learn More.
Clinician Identified of Youth Abusing Over-the-Counter Products for Weight Control in Large U.S. Integrated Health System – Abuse of over-the-counter products, such as diet pills and laxatives, for weight control by adolescents is well-documented and can lead to serious medical conditions. Yet only a small percentage of youth with disordered weight control behaviors receive treatment. 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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