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News You Can Use – Jan 23-30 2013

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“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 January 23-30 2013!”

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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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The Potential Effects of Yoga on Overall Health

Adiponectin, leptin, and yoga practice

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A recent study published by Ohio State University investigated the mechanisms of hatha yoga’s potential stress-reduction benefits. To do so, researchers compared adiponectin and leptin levels in yoga novices and yoga experts; a novice was defined as an individual that participated in 6-12 yoga sessions in the past year, an expert was defined as an individual that had participated in 1-2 yoga weekly yoga session for at least two years AND at least 2 weekly sessions in the past year.

Leptin is also known as the “starvation hormone”.Leptin sends a signal to our brains that fat cells have enough stored energy to engage in normal metabolic processes. Every individual has an optimal level of leptin, which is thought to be determined genetically. When leptin levels are below optimal levels, the brain receives a message to conserve energy because the body is in a state of deprivation. When this occurs, the brain sends a message to the body that it is hungry (in an attempt to get the individual to eat) so that leptin levels can be restored to an optimal level. Leptin has pro-inflammatory properties. Leptin levels are typically high in obese individuals and low in underweight, malnourished individuals. Individuals with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) typically have high leptin levels.

Adiponectin is a hormone that is produced in fat cells; it is released from adipose tissue. Adiponectin has an impact on the regulation of glucose and a role in the processing of fatty acids. Adiponectin has anti-inflammatory properties. Adiponectin levels are typically low in obese individuals, low in individuals with Binge-Eating Disorder (BED), and high in individuals with anorexia or bulimia. Individuals with MDD typically have low adiponectin levels. Adiponectin and leptin counter-regulate each other to regulate body weight; when leptin levels increase, adiponectin levels decrease, and when leptin levels decrease, adoponectin levels increase.

Fifty well-matched women between the ages of 30-65 participated in the research study; 25 were yoga novices, 25 were yoga experts. Three fasting leptin and adiponectin blood samples were taken from each woman on three separate occasions. Leptin was 36% higher in yoga novices in comparison to yoga experts, adiponectin was 28% higher in yoga experts in comparison to yoga novices. Additionally, adiponectin/leptin ratios were nearly twice as high in yoga experts in comparison to yoga novices. Among the expert group, leptin levels were lower in those experts with the most yoga experience.

There have been several studies completed that have highlighted the importance of leptin and adiponectin in the prevention of type II diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. This study raises the possibility that long-term or more intensive yoga could possibly have a positive effect on overall health through the alteration of leptin and adiponectin production. These hormones are especially of importance in the recovery process for eating disorders and obesity.

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Sources: Kiecolt-Glaser JK, et al, Adiponectin, leptin, and yoga practice, Physiol Behav (2012), doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2012.01.016

News You Can Use – September 9-18 2012

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“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 September 9-September 18 2012!”

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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Working-In vs. Working-Out

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Working-in involves engaging in slow, relaxed movements that don’t tend to elevate heart and respiratory rates. When you work-out, your body burns energy through the process of pumping blood from the organs and glands to your muscles. Conversely, when you work-in you keep blood in your organs and glands, increasing energy by allowing your organs and glands to take in fresh, arterial blood. Additionally, working-in:

  • Moves nutrition through your body
  • Improves your body’s breathing mechanism
  • Helps detoxify your body by moving waste through your body
  • Stimulates energy throughout your body to run cellular and biological systems
  • Resets natural biological rhythms, allowing your body to run more efficiently. The result? More energy to do other activities you love.

Practicing yoga and meditation are the most popular ways to engage in working-in. Incorporating yoga and meditation into your routine can also help in recovery from your eating disorder. A study from the Psychology of Women Quarterly reported that people who practice yoga reported “less self-objectification, greater satisfaction with their physical appearance, and fewer disordered eating attitudes”. Yoga is an excellent way to improve your ability to “be in the moment” by requiring you to focus on breathing and sensations throughout the body. If you experience body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), yoga has the potential to relieve the symptoms by allowing you to experience your body in a physical way, as opposed to a visual way. Meditation is proven to reduce depression, anxiety, and episodes of binge eating.

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Your Health In The News – Nov 27 – Dec 4

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“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 treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your news update for the week of November 27-December 4 2011”

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!

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

© 2011, Dr J Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr J Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible.

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