The Importance of Including Exercise in Eating Disorders Treatment

Exercise is ubiquitous in modern society. We can’t drive by a strip mall without seeing a new store-front gym complete with a secret breakthrough diet that promises to supercharge aesthetically focused results, go on social media without being bombarded by ‘fitspo’ messages and incredibly persuasive testimonials of how exercise changed someone’s life, or even look at our newsfeeds on our phones without seeing a press release touting the latest great news about the health effects of exercise.

Researchers have uncovered a link between childhood obesity and mental health problems

Obese children are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, such as anxiety and low mood, when they start secondary school, new research suggests.

Researchers, from the university of Liverpool, found obesity and mental health had a close link, and this gradually increased throughout childhood.

The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, revealed that overweight seven-year-olds are at higher risk of suffering from emotional problems by the time they reach the age of 11.

Understanding body signals could be a key factor in eating disorders

Eating is often believed to be entirely under our conscious control – we choose to eat when we are hungry or when we feel tired and need more energy. Because of this, people often believe that overeating is caused by a lack of self-control and under-eating is a deliberate attempt to change our body, usually in response to perceived ideals about body shape. While unrealistic images in the media can have an effect on young people’s self-esteem and body image, other factors may also affect our eating.

Gala helps raise funds to support sufferers of eating disorders

Deborah Grimm, Dolores Elliott and Cindy Dobbe have dedicated their lives to help those living with eating disorders. Mothers with daughters who suffered from bulimia and anorexia nervosa, they discovered how difficult it was to find resources and care to help their children. Community programs were stretched, hospital admissions had lengthy waiting lists and families desperately seeking care were forced to find help outside of Canada at great personal expense.

More older women are struggling with eating disorders.

When you picture someone with an eating disorder, you probably imagine a teenage girl.

Increasingly, however, conditions like anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder (BED) are being diagnosed in adults—including those over 50.

Some reports have indicated that eating disorders (EDs) among older people, most often women, may be on the rise. The Renfrew Center, which specializes in treating eating disorders, recently noted a 42% increase within a decade in women over 35 pursuing treatment.

E-Cigarettes and Eating Disorders: Current Research

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are nicotine delivery devices that produce aerosol for inhalation through the combustion of flavored nicotine-containing liquids known as e-liquids (Glasser et al., 2017). As smoking traditional cigarettes is declining (Jamal et al., 2018), the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, is increasing, especially among young people (Kasza et al., 2017; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2016). Adults aged 18-24 years reported significantly more vaping in the past 30 days than adults over age 25 (13% vs. 6%, respectively; Kasza et al., 2017).

How Eating Disorders Affect Oral Health

Dental health reflects the body’s overall wellbeing
Up to 3% of Canadians (over a million) are impacted by eating disorders, according to a 2016 survey by Statistics Canada. Some people consider them a lifestyle choice or coping mechanism; in reality, they are serious health concerns that can lead to severe or potentially fatal physical and psychological illnesses.

People Who Use More Happy Words Are Not Necessarily Happier – An Awkward Finding For Language-based Emotion Research

The age of social media has opened up exciting opportunities for researchers to investigate people’s emotional states on a massive scale. For example, one study found that tweets contain more positive emotional words in the morning, which was interpreted as showing that most people are in a better mood at that time of day.

Executive Functioning Deficits Reported in Binge Eating Disorder With Depressive Symptoms

Self-reported impaired daily functioning in patients with binge eating disorder (BED) was correlated with the severity of depressive symptoms, according to study data published in Psychiatry Research.

A Broad View: Disordered Eating on the Autism Spectrum

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurobiological condition defined by limitations in communication and social interaction.  However, the secondary or ancillary aspects of the condition typically receive the most interest in research and practice, including atypical sensory processing and stimulus over-selectivity.

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