Recently In The News: Eating Disorders

When Body Matter Matters By Smriti Daniel
"From billboards to television shows, from the catwalks to the fashion magazines, it has always been apparent that being "good looking" in our times, is sometimes as simple as just being slim. However, being underweight is not always a choice, and can sometimes be a symptom of an underlying disease, says Dr. Senaka Rajapakse, Consultant Physician, and Senior Lecturer in Medicine, at the Faculty of Medicine, Colombo."
"This week, he speaks to Mediscene about what exactly it means to be underweight and the impact your weight has on your wellbeing..."
This article includes the following subjects:
*Being underweight - when is it normal and when is it a health problem?
*What about voluntary weight loss?
*How seriously does it impact overall health?
*Can the ill effects be reversed?Read article in full here.


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - "
Anorexic women with a history of childhood anxiety may have particularly severe symptoms of the eating disorder, a study suggests."

"It's known that anxiety disorders, like social phobia and obsessive compulsive disorder, are far more common among people with anorexia than in the general population. Often, these anxiety disorders appear before the eating disorder does."
"In the new study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, researchers looked at whether a history of childhood "overanxious disorder" was related to the severity of women's anorexia."
"Dr. Cynthia M. Bulik, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues found that of 637 women with anorexia, 39 percent reported symptoms of childhood overanxious disorder. In nearly all cases, those symptoms arose before the onset of their anorexia." Read article in full here.


The New Face Of Eating Disorders: Starve, binge, purge cycle on rise among Mid-life women.
By: Sharon Kirkey, Canwest News Service

"It allows them to feel a sense of accomplishment in a world that might feel very chaotic and out of control."
Dr. Lara Ostoloksy says more older women are seeking help partly because eating disorders don't hold the same stigma they once did."
"The thinking used to be that there was no biological component to them, ``so that if a person is having eating disordered behaviours like binging and vomiting and laxative (abuse) and starving themselves, it was all an attention- seeking behaviour. The research now says that's entirely not the case...''
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