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News You Can Use – October 15-22 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 October 15 – October 22 2013!”

Binge Eating Disorder is Different from Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa – Food addiction is not yet recognised as a mental disorder but certain obese individuals clearly display addictive-like behaviour towards food. To achieve a formal diagnostic status, ‘food addiction’ requires a stronger evidence base to support the claim that certain ingredients have addictive properties identical to addictive drugs of abuse. This topic is up for debate in the session, ‘Binge eating obesity is a food addiction’. Learn More.

Animals are Having an Obesity Crisis Too – Americans aren’t the only ones getting fatter — our animals are also growing overweight, reports Pro Publica. And it isn’t just pets and lab animals piling on the pounds (though they are; the likelihood of chimps living with or near humans being obese increased tenfold between 1985 and 2005): one study found feral rats in Baltimore are also getting plumper. Learn More.

Therapy Helps Relieve Stomach Aches for Some Kids – Talk therapy may help some children with frequent and unexplained stomach pain, a new study suggests. More than half of kids and teenagers who met weekly with a therapist had their stomach aches lessen or go away within a year. A similar proportion improved after regular appointments with a pediatrician, researchers found. Learn More.

Non-Regular Bedtimes Tied to Kids’ Behavior Problems – Kids without a regular bedtime tend to have more behavior problems at home and at school, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when children started going to sleep at a more consistent time, their behavior improved as well. Learn More.

Puberty and Eating Disorders – The Perfect Storm – In a recent paper in Hormones and Behavior, Kelly Klump reviewed what we know about puberty, eating disorders, and disordered eating. Especially in females, the surge of sex hormones seems to activate underlying genetic risk factors and alter neurochemistry. Although researchers still aren’t sure exactly what is going on, they are collecting a vast body of evidence that puberty is a particularly high risk period for Eating Disorders. Learn More.

New USDA Rules Further Degrade Integrity of Organic Certification – USDA ruling sidesteps the law, makes it easier for Big Food to continue adding junk ingredients to organic foods. Learn More.

Bottled Water: Your New Hormone Disruptor –  German researchers have just published a study finding nearly 25,000 chemicals in bottled water. And some of those chemicals act like potent pharmaceuticals in your body. 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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DSM-5 Changes in the Diagnosis Eating Disorders

As of May 2013, several changes will be made to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in regards to the diagnosis of eating disorders.

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) will now be listed as a separate diagnosis. Previously, individuals with BEDs were diagnosed as Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). BED is associated with major medical complications such as high cholesterol, heart disease, and obesity. By listing BED as a diagnosis that is separate from EDNOS, individuals will now receive a proper diagnosis and more effective treatment.

Individuals will no longer need to present with amenorrhea in order to receive a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa. There are also changes being made to the weight requirements. Previously, an individual had to present at 85% of their ideal body weight. In the upcoming edition of the DSM, the individual will present with a significantly low body weight due to restriction of energy (food) intake.

In the current edition of the DSM, the main criteria for diagnosis of Bulimia Nervosa is based on the number of binge/purge episodes that occur per week. Currently, to be diagnosed with Bulimia Nervosa, the individual must binge/purge more than two times every week for a period of three months; otherwise they are diagnosed with EDNOS. In the 2013 version of the DSM, the number of weekly binge/purge episodes has been reduced. The individual must binge/purge at least once per week for a three month period in order to be diagnosed with Bulimia Nervosa.

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Anorexia Nervosa & Body Dysmorphia

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Many patients with anorexia nervosa experience body dysmorphia; they feel that they are much larger than they actually are. Recently, a study was published that investigated whether this overestimation of body size is a symptom of the eating disorder or if it is a general impairment in perception.

The study involved fifty participants; 25 of the participants had anorexia nervosa, 25 participants were control participants. Participants were well-matched based on age and level of education. Within a test room, each participant was presented with a door. The participant had to judge whether the door was wide enough for them to pass through. Presented with the same door, the participant then had to judge whether the door was wide enough for another person in the test room to pass through.The participants with anorexia nervosa significantly overestimated their ability to pass through the door in comparison to the control group, suggesting that overestimation of the passability ratios in participants with anorexia nervosa are likely to be caused by an overestimation of their own body size and shape.

The study concluded that the overestimation in participants with anorexia nervosa occurred because the central nervous system had not yet registered that the participants body was emaciated; the central nervous system had an outdated image of the participants body in it’s pre-anorexic state.


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Source: Guardia D, Conversy L, Jardri R, Lafargue G, Thomas P, et al. (2012) Imagining One’s Own and Someone Else’s Body Actions: Dissociation in Anorexia Nervosa. PLoS ONE 7(8): e43241. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043241

Yoga in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

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In 2010, Newman’s Own funded a pilot program at the Seattle Children’s outpatient Adolescent Medicine Department. The pilot program was implemented to evaluate the effect of yoga on eating disorder treatment outcomes among teenagers receiving outpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS).The study involved 50 girls and 4 boys between the ages of 11-21; 29 participants were diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, 9 participants were diagnosed with bulimia nervosa, 15 participants were diagnosed with EDNOS. Participants were randomly divided into two groups. One group received standard care; standard care involved appointments with a physician and dietician every other week which monitored weight/height, vital signs, body mass index, nutritional habits, and menstruation status. The second group of participants received yoga instruction plus standard care; yoga instruction involved one hour of one-to-one individualized viniyoga, semi-weekly. Participants were evaluated at the beginning of the study, at the end of the study, and one month after the study via Eating Disorder Examination (EDE), Body Mass Index (BMI), Beck Depression Inventory, State Trait Anxiety Inventory, and Food Preoccupation questionnaire.

Immediately after yoga sessions, participants experienced a significant decrease in their preoccupation with food; this was evaluated using the Food Preoccupation questionnaire.  Although both groups experienced a decrease in EDE scores, the group that received yoga plus standard of care exhibited greater decreases in symptoms of their eating disorders. At the 12-week follow-up, the EDE scores non-yoga group had returned to baseline; this was not the case with the yoga group. BMI remained stable for both the yoga and non-yoga group; participants with anorexia nervosa did not lose weight, participants with bulimia nervosa did not experience rapid weight fluctuations. Based upon the results of the study, the researchers concluded that individualized yoga does hold promise as adjunctive therapy to standard care. The full results of the study can be viewed HERE.

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