Finding the Right Words to Say: AED Releases Infographic on Using Sensitive and Medically Appropriate Language in the Eating Disorders Community

In an effort to reduce the stigma associated with eating disorders, the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) recently released an infographic based on an article written by multiple current or former editors and associate editors of the International Journal of Eating Disorders (IJED), “Speaking of That: Terms to Avoid or Reconsider in the Eating Disorders Field.” The authors of Speaking of That created a streamlined version of 50 relevant psychological and psychiatric terms that should be avoided in the eating disorders community.

Hormones that are released during hunger affect decision making

Never make a decision when you are hungry. The hormone ghrelin -- that is released before meals and known to increase appetite -- has a negative effect on both decision making and impulse control. Such were the results of a recently conducted study at Sahlgrenska University.

When hungry, the hormone ghrelin is produced in the stomach. In a new study conducted on rats at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, the hormone has been shown to have a negative effect on decision making capabilities and impulse control.

How Not to Talk to a Child Who Is Overweight

I weigh my words (pun intended) every time I address the topic of a child’s obesity in the exam room. Yes, I know, you probably want to tell me that I shouldn’t use that word — “obese” — and I promise that I don’t. But in the child’s electronic medical record, that’s the official coding if the child’s body mass index is at or above the 95th percentile for age and gender. And medical providers, just like parents, may find themselves walking a difficult line as they try to discuss this fraught subject without increasing the distress that many children are already feeling.

Experiential Psychoeducation: Trauma and the Brain

One of the pillars of effective trauma therapy is psychoeducation.  Many studies and reports now confirm that survivors benefit from a clear, complete understanding about trauma and how it affects them biologically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.  One study (Phipps et al., 2007), found that psychoeducation alone assisted survivors to better understand their stress symptoms and contributed to a decrease in their stress symptoms.

What then should be included in the psychoeducation we provide our patients and their families?

Could genetics influence what we like to eat?

Have you ever wondered why you keep eating certain foods, even if you know they are not good for you? Gene variants that affect the way our brain works may be the reason, according to a new study. The new research could lead to new strategies to empower people to enjoy and stick to their optimal diets.

Silvia Berciano, a predoctoral fellow at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, will present the new findings at the American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions and annual meeting during the Experimental Biology 2017 meeting, to be held April 22-26 in Chicago.

Model of anorexia nervosa created using stem cells

An international research team, led by scientists at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, has created the first cellular model of anorexia nervosa (AN), reprogramming induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from adolescent females with the eating disorder.

Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Requires Expertise, Family Buy-In

Anorexia nervosa is a highly complex psychosocial disorder with a high number and severity of comorbidities, so treatment is typically complex as well.

Disordered eating among young adults found to have long-term negative health effects

According to a recent study from the University of Helsinki, Finland, disordered eating among young adults has long-term effects on their health. Disordered eating among 24-year-old women and men was an indicator of higher body weight, larger waist circumference and lower psychological wellbeing as well as a lower self-evaluation of general health both at age 24 and ten years later.

Sensory Issues in Feeding Small Children

Sensory Issues in Feeding Small Children

ARFID: Underlying Eating Disorders Prevalent in Patients With Functional GI Ailments

People with functional GI conditions frequently have underlying eating issues, with more than one in five patients meeting criteria for body dysmorphia, a recent survey has found.

The Academy for Eating Disorders Calls for a Universal Ban on Discrimination on the Basis of Height and Weight

The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) has joined with a coalition of associations in an appeal to the Massachusetts legislature to request their support of An Act Making Discrimination Based on Height and Weight Unlawful (Massachusetts H.952). The bill, which was introduced by Massachusetts Representative and Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing, would make it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of height or weight.

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