“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 June 29- July 6 2013!”
Personality-based Subtypes of Anorexia Nervosa – The DSM has two subtypes of anorexia: restricting (AN-R) and binge/purge (AN-BP). Behaviorally, they look easy to tell apart. But that’s not always the case. New research is also showing that these behavioral subtypes may not be the best way to distinguish between different types of anorexia nervosa. LEARN MORE.
Anxiety, Anorexia, and Estrogen: Interpret the Links with Care – Some research that’s been making the rounds online, as well as on Twitter and Facebook, is the reports of a recent finding that showed an estrogen patch decreases anxiety in AN. It sounds great on the surface: anxiety is a big factor in the development and perpetuation of anorexia, so finding something that would decrease that would be great. LEARN MORE.
‘Beautiful Body’ Book Project Aims to Show Diversity of Women’s Bodies – “A Beautiful Body project is going to be a book of 100 or more black & white photographs of mothers. Each photograph will be accompanied by an essay, a narrative or a poem written by the women in the photograph exploring her personal journey with what beauty and feeling beautiful in a culture that alters over 90% of all media means to her.” LEARN MORE.
Research Shows that Monsanto’s Big Claims for GMO Food Are Probably Wrong – Oops. The World Food Prize committee’s got a bit of egg on its face—genetically engineered egg. They just awarded the World Food Prize to three scientists, including one from Syngenta and one from Monsanto, who invented genetic engineering because, they say, the technology increases crop yields and decreases pesticide use. LEARN MORE.
8 Crazy Obesity Triggers – There’s more to the obesity epidemic than eating too many hot wings and excess sitting. Certainly, poor food choices, particularly too much sugar and sweeteners, and a lack of exercise are major pieces of the obesity puzzle. But a landmark 2002 study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found the obesity epidemic paralleled the increase of industrial chemicals in the environment. LEARN MORE.
Experiment Confirms: Less Sleep = More Weight – A doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, Andrea Spaeth, conducted a very interesting experiment involving 225 people, a sleep lab, and food. Her findings may provide an explanation to something we intuitively know – late night snacking leads to weight gain. LEARN MORE.
New Government Snack Food Standards for Schools – Last week, the government is announcing that there will be significant changes to what snacks — or “competitive foods” as they are called — will be allowed in schools. USA Today reports that the new standards will start with the 2014-2015 school year. LEARN MORE.
How Cutlery Choices Affect Your Flavor Perception – The cutlery a person uses can alter the tastes they experience when eating, possibly making blander (and healthier) foods taste like the saltier (less healthy) variety, new research suggests. For instance, cheese tastes saltier when eaten with a knife, and yogurt tastes denser and more expensive when eaten with a plastic spoon, according to a new study published on June 25 in the journal Flavour. LEARN MORE.
New Science Confirms Raw Milk is Remarkably Safe – All of those antiquated government talking points about the alleged dangers of drinking raw milk have once again been debunked, this time by a series of scientific risk assessments recently published in the Journal of Food Protection. LEARN MORE.
Yoga Supports a Healthy Metabolism, Strengthens the Immune System and Enhances Brain Function – Stress management techniques like meditation, yoga, and deep breathing can enhance the body’s ability to handle and recover from stressors like chronic disease, work stress, or relationship stress. These practices bring the body in to a state of relaxation, dominated by the parasympathetic nervous system. New research is providing some insight into why yoga and these techniques are beneficial to our health. 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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