Eating Disorders In The News: October

Anorexic Teen Challenges NI Care

A 16-year-old girl with anorexia has won the right to challenge the lack of specialist treatment available for her in Northern Ireland.

She brought the High Court action in a bid to make the health service provide in-patient medical facilities for adolescents with eating disorders.

The girl, who cannot be named, is being treated at a London hospital, where her mother visits her once a week.

The girl's lawyers said the arrangement was causing family upheaval.

Granting leave to apply for a judicial review in the case, Mr Justice Weatherup ruled there was an arguable case that the public authorities had not taken into account the particular combination of circumstances.

The judge said: "When one reaches the stage that in-patient treatment is required for someone with anorexia nervosa it's easy to see that a life-threatening point has been reached.

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Depression, Appearance Concerns Predicted Disturbed Eating Behaviors In Girls With Diabetes

Early interventions that stress self-worth and personal image may help adolescent girls with diabetes develop positive feelings about themselves.

Researchers in Toronto identified predictors of the onset of disturbed eating behavior in 126 girls with type 1 diabetes aged 9 to 13 years. Each girl completed the Children’s Eating Disorder Examination Survey interview and four follow-up assessments during five years. The researchers defined disturbed eating behavior as “dieting for weight control, binge eating, self-induced vomiting or the use of diuretics, laxatives, insulin omission or intense exercise for weight control,” according to the abstract.

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Three Web Pages Promoting Anorexia Closed Down In Spain

The three pages were hosted on servers in the Basque Country.
The Prosecutor in Guip├║zcoa has ordered the closure of three web pages which were promoting anorexia.

The pages concerned told children how to hide what they were doing from their parents and all were reported to have ‘a high number of visits’, with 60% of those reading the pages at the early stages of the disease.

The pages gave details on how to lose weight and...

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Eating Disorder Clinic Opens in Northampton
NORTHAMPTON - Walden Behavioral Care, the first clinic focused on the treatment of eating disorders in the five-college area, held an open house for its new facility yesterday.

The clinic, located at 109 Main St. Northampton, is a new branch of the Walden Behavioral Care of Waltham, Mass.

The company's decision to open the clinic in Northampton was largely based upon the realization that there was a lack of treatment options in the area, said Jennifer Smith, Director of Outpatient Programs at the Northampton location.

"We were getting a lot of patients from western Massachusetts, but when it came time to follow up on them, there were no programs out there for them," Smith said.

Northampton's proximity to many colleges, including the University of Massachusetts, also contributed to the decision. According to the company's Web site, college students, especially women, are at a great risk for developing eating disorders, such as Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge-eating Disorder and EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified).

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Former Actress Gives Lecture On Media's Effects On Women

Camille Copper spoke to a predominantly female crowd Monday night in a presentation titled "Discovering the truth about 'beauty' in popular culture," which was created to educate her audience about the problems with the media's portrayal of women in our society.

"From the time we're small kids in this culture the media tells us our roles," Cooper said.

For instance, doctor costumes used for dressing up are marketed exclusively to boys, while princess costumes are geared toward girls, she said.

Cooper put the spotlight on magazines such as "Cosmopolitan" and "Seventeen," which claim to help women be better versions of themselves. But Cooper said she is skeptical of these magazines and their real effects on women today.

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Parents Should Pick Their Battles With Picky Eaters
It’s a parent’s job to establish a regular mealtime routine, provide nutritious food and model good eating habits. The child gets to decide how much or even if he or she will eat, said Jodi Drake, a mother of two young daughters and a family and consumer science agent for K-State Research and Extension in Pratt County.

“Routine is important for kids; keeping regular mealtimes helps keep them in sync,” Drake said. “Whether they eat or not is not always important. Kids will eat when they’re hungry.”

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Autobiography Shatters Marcia Brady Image

With the release of her autobiography, Maureen McCormick doesn't just shake up her picture-perfect image as Marcia Brady. She detonates it.

"Marcia Brady was pretty much a perfect person," the actress said from her home in Westlake Village, Calif. "I'm so far from being that person. My life was so opposite. It's interesting that people have related to me as being like that character, but nothing could be further from the truth."

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Phil said...

"Anorexic Teen Challenges NI Care"
There is always good with bad. I am delighted to hear about this girls challenge. Saddened by the fact it has to happen.

MrsMenopausal said...

I know exactly what you mean, Phil.
Thank you for taking the time to comment. It's greatly appreciated.

liz said...

Was this subsequently followed up? What happened at the full judicial review in December?