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Women Driven to Be Thinner When Husband Is Hot

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – Having a handsome husband often motivates plain Jane types to diet, a new study finds. But the same isn't true of wives who are good-looking themselves. And men displayed little motivation to diet regardless of their own or their wife's attractiveness, investigators found. "The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive," said study co-author Tania Reynolds, a doctoral student at Florida State University. Fearing she'll fall short of her partner's expectations could increase a less attractive woman's risk of developing eating disorders and other health problems, the study authors suggested. "The research suggests there might be social factors playing a role in women's disordered eating," Reynolds said in a university news release. The National ... Read more

Related support groups: Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

That Store Mannequin May Be Anorexic

Posted 8 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 – In the static but stylish world of store mannequins, the female versions may be sending a message that eating disorders are OK, a new study suggests. A British team assessed mannequins' measurements at national fashion retailers in the United Kingdom. They found that the average female mannequin body size was that of a "extremely underweight human women," while the same was true of only a small percentage of male mannequins. "The body size of mannequins used to advertise female fashion is unrealistic and would be considered medically unhealthy in humans," the researchers concluded. While designing mannequins with less emaciated physiques won't solve the problem of eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, it could be a positive first step, the researchers said. "Because ultra-thin ideals encourage the development of body image problems in young people, we need to ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Keep an Eye Out for Eating Disorders in Loved Ones

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Millions of Americans have eating disorders, but it can be difficult for family and friends to detect these problems in loved ones, a doctor warns. For example, many people with anorexia are skillful at hiding their weight loss by doing things such as wearing loose clothing to mask their size or being very involved in meal preparation, according to Dr. Martha Levine of Penn State Children's Hospital. But there are signs that loved ones can look for, said Levine, who is director of the partial hospitalization program, in the division of eating disorders and adolescent medicine. People with anorexia are often cold and may develop a fine layer of hair on their bodies in reaction to the loss of body fat. In females, menstruation tends to stop, she noted. In the case of those with bulimia, watch for the person visiting the bathroom right after meals. Dentists can ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Menstrual Disorders, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Amenorrhea, Anorexia, Bulimia, Weight Loss/Failure to Thrive, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Eating Disorders Rampant on the Runway

Posted 2 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – As the fashion industry gears up for New York Fashion Week next week, new research suggests that eating disorders are rampant on the runway. In a survey, more than half of the models questioned said they face constant pressure to be dangerously thin or change the shape of their body. "While acknowledgment of disordered eating within the fashion industry is not new, our research study shows the lengths that models are willing to take to achieve the industry's physical 'ideal,' and the extent to which models feel pressured by their agents and other industry professionals to compromise their health for their job," said study co-author Sara Ziff. She was a Harvard graduate student while doing the study. In the survey of 85 models, the researchers found just over 62 percent said that within the past year they were asked to lose weight or alter the shape of their ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Study Explores Electrical Brain Stimulation to Treat Bulimia

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Electrical stimulation of the brain may temporarily ease the symptoms of the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, a small study suggests. The study included two men and 37 women with bulimia who underwent 20-minute sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation to an area of the brain involved with reward processing and self-regulation. There was also one sham session where the electrode stimulation lasted only 30 seconds. Participants then reported their desire to binge eat, fear of weight gain, general mood and frequency of bulimic behaviors in the 24 hours following treatment, the researchers said. The patients reported a reduction in bulimia symptoms after brain stimulation. The findings were published online Jan. 25 in the journal PLOS One. "Although these are modest, early findings, there is a clear improvement in symptoms and decision-making abilities ... Read more

Related support groups: Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Diagnosis and Investigation, Anorexia/Feeding Problems, Head Imaging

Many Women With Eating Disorders Do Recover, Study Finds

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 – The media often portrays women with the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia as untreatable, and sadly, in about one-third of cases that may be true, new research suggests. But the same small study found that nearly two-thirds of these women did recover from these eating disorders – though in some cases it took more than a decade for them to get better. "The findings inspire me to remain hopeful in my work as a clinician with these patients," said study lead author Kamryn Eddy. She's co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. An estimated 20 million females and 10 million males in the United States will have an eating disorder. Death rates from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are estimated to be around 4 to 5 percent, the National Eating Disorders Association says. Anorexia is ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Anorexia, Bulimia, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Health Tip: Health Tip: Risk Factors for Malnutrition

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Certain risk factors make you more prone than others to malnutrition, which doesn't necessarily come from lack of food. It's possible to be obese and not get enough nutrients (malnourishment) at the same time, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. According to the academy, here are common risk factors for malnutrition: Hospitalization. Advanced age, particularly if accompanied by dementia. Dental health problems. Loss of appetite. Serious head injury. Eating disorder. Serious infection. Organ failure. Read more

Related support groups: Weight Loss, Oral and Dental Conditions, Xerostomia, Binge Eating Disorder, Dementia, Toothache, Alzheimer's Disease, Head Injury, Eating Disorder, Gingivitis, Anorexia, Bulimia, Dental Abscess, Weight Loss/Failure to Thrive, Periodontitis, Anorexia nervosa, Prevention of Dental Caries, Head Injury w/ Intracranial Hemorrhage and Loss of Consciousness, Lewy Body Dementia, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

3 Health Issues That Can Threaten Young Female Athletes

Posted 18 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Doctors need to be on the lookout for a trio of harmful health conditions in young female athletes, a new report says. Known as the "female athlete triad," the conditions include eating problems, menstrual problems and weakened bones, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Experts now know that all three conditions need not be present together to cause long-term health issues, and that they are triggered by strenuous sports training and not eating enough to meet the body's demands. "Each one of the components really exists on a spectrum," explained report co-author Dr. Amanda Weiss Kelly, division chief of pediatric sports medicine at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. The report discusses what is known about the triad and how doctors can screen for it during routine office visits. Doctors can ask a number of questions involving eating ... Read more

Related support groups: Menstrual Disorders, Osteoporosis, Binge Eating Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Eating Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome, Period Pain, Fracture, bone, Amenorrhea, Anorexia, Prevention of Osteoporosis, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Identifying Problem Eating

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- What you eat, how much you consume and how frequently you chow down all play a part in the likelihood that you'll gain weight. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these unhealthy eating habits: Consuming too much solid fat, added sugar or refined grains. Skipping meals, or eating too much. Eating too many meals at a restaurant, or in front of the TV or computer. Eating too many calorie-laden snacks, drinking high-calorie drinks or drinking too much alcohol. Eating for emotional reasons, not because you're hungry. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Bulimia, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Eating Disorders Seem More Common in Schools Where Girls Predominate

Posted 21 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Eating disorders may be more prevalent at schools where a greater portion of the student body is female, a new study suggests. British and Swedish researchers analyzed data from Sweden, and also found the risk increased when more of the students' parents had a university education. "Eating disorders have an enormous effect on the lives of young people who suffer from them – it is important to understand the risk factors so that we can address them," said study leader Dr. Helen Bould. Bould is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Oxford in England. "For a long time, clinicians in the field have noted that they seem to see more young people with eating disorders from some schools than others, but this is the first empirical evidence that this is the case," she said in a university news release. However, the study did not prove that these ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Study Confirms Eating Disorders' Deadly Toll

Posted 29 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – New research assesses the often fatal outcomes for people with eating disorders, particularly anorexia. The study found that people with anorexia nervosa were five times more likely to die early than those in the general population. Most of the deaths among people with anorexia, which involves a low body weight and an intense fear of gaining weight, were due to natural causes associated with the disorder. Suicide was the leading cause of non-natural death. People with bulimia nervosa, which usually involves binge-eating and purging, and other types of eating disorders also had higher-than-normal death rates, but not as high as those with anorexia, the investigators said. Risk factors for premature death among people with eating disorders included a high number of hospitalizations for the disorder, being discharged from a hospital program too soon, developing an ... Read more

Related support groups: Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Bullies May Face Higher Odds of Eating Disorders: Study

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 – Bullies may be at increased risk for eating disorders, a new study suggests. Previous research has found that victims of bullying are more likely to have these disorders, but the finding that bullies are also at risk came as a surprise, the researchers said. "For a long time, there's been this story about bullies that they're a little more hale and hearty," study author William Copeland, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., said in a university news release. "Maybe they're good at manipulating social situations or getting out of trouble, but in this one area it seems that's not the case at all. Maybe teasing others may sensitize them to their own body image issues, or afterward, they have regret for their actions that results in these symptoms like binge eating followed by purging or ... Read more

Related support groups: Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Teasing Girls About Weight May Cause Lasting Harm

Posted 20 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 – Teasing overweight girls about their weight can cause lasting harm to their self-image and might increase their risk of eating disorders, a new study suggests. "Weight status may be a more sensitive issue for children who are overweight or obese, and being teased about it may elicit a stronger response from them as opposed to children who are not overweight or obese," Norma Olvera, a professor and health educator at the University of Houston, said in a university news release. The research included 135 black and Hispanic girls about age 11 who were overweight or obese. Eighty-one percent of the girls were obese. All of them said they were unhappy about their body weight and wished they were thinner, the researchers said. "The study focused on black and Hispanic girls because they are at a higher risk of obesity, which may increase their desire to be thinner and ... Read more

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Newborn Probiotic Use Tied to Lower Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 11 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 – Adding probiotics – good bacteria – to an infant's feedings in the first month of life may reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes for those genetically predisposed to getting the disease, new research suggests. Supplementing with probiotics later in infancy didn't seem to confer the same benefit, the researchers noted. "Early probiotic exposure during the first 27 days is associated with a decreased risk of type 1 diabetes among those who have the highest genetic risk of type 1 diabetes," said lead researcher Ulla Uusitalo, an associate professor in the department of pediatric epidemiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. However, Uusitalo noted that because of the study's design, the researchers "cannot make a conclusion about causality." But she stressed that the association was so strong, these findings warrant further study. The study was ... Read more

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Health Tip: Talking to Your Child About Eating Disorders

Posted 17 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you're concerned that your child may have an eating disorder, having the conversation can be difficult. The University of Michigan Health System suggests: Explain to your child in a caring, loving way about your concerns. Listen carefully to your child's response. Be aware that teens with eating disorders may be ashamed, afraid or out of control. Explain to your child that you want to help. You may need to bring up the conversation more than once if your child denies the behavior or gets angry. Monitor your child's Internet use, as there are sites that promote eating disorders. Seek professional help if you think your child needs it. Read more

Related support groups: Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

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