The Relationship Between Autoimmune and Eating Disorders

In this post, I discuss new research on the complicated link between autoimmune diseases and eating disorders. Autoimmune diseases are chronic illnesses in which a host’s immune system fails to distinguish between self and foreign cells, and as a result attacks the body’s tissues and organs. Eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating) are conditions associated with abnormal consumption of and relationship to food. 

Fussy eater’ rendered blind by daily diet of french fries and potato chips

A British teen who took picky eating to the extreme, living on little more than a daily order of fries from his local fish and chip shop and Pringles, is now virtually blind, doctors report in a case highlighting a relatively new eating disorder — “avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder.”

“Popular media have highlighted the risks for poor cardiovascular health, obesity and cancer associated with junk food, but poor nutrition can also permanently damage the nervous system, particularly vision,” his doctors reported Tuesday in Annals of Internal Medicine.

I Thought Running Was a Release. It Was Really an Addiction

“Hey hun, have you seen my sneakers... the orange ones?”

Food Diaries Stink

You have lots of good reasons not to keep a food diary:

  1. Someone else might see it
  2. It makes you obsess about your eating
  3. You feel judged
  4. If you see what you eat, you’ll feel bad
  5. If I see what you eat, you’ll be embarrassed
  6. It’s a waste of time; you’ve done it before and nothing changed

I get it. I’ve kept a food diary before. The mean kind that makes you feel (insert your personal negative emotion here) because you weren’t perfect. If your experience with food diaries is anything like mine, you kept track of:

Getting Your Teen with an Eating Disorder Ready for the First Day Back at School

It’s almost the first day of school and parents of students with eating disorders have additional concerns to address on top of the usual back to school frenzy. Transitions can be tough for all teens—they are especially difficult for those with eating disorders. However, there are some preparations you can make to help things go more smoothly.

New podcast released with a dedication to finding a solution to eating disorders

New podcast from Australia's InsideOut Institute has recently launched with the dedication to finding a solution to eating disorders. 

More information here:  https://insideoutinstitute.org.au/podcasts

Wake Up Weight Watchers

**Visit: www.wakeupweightwatchers.com for more information and actions steps.

On August13th, Weight Watchers rolled out Kurbo, a nutrition and weight-loss app for kids as young as 8, and up to 17. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder. This app will literally kill people.

How stress can curb the desire to eat in an animal model

Eating disorder researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have discovered a neurocircuit in mice that, when activated, increased their stress levels while decreasing their desire to eat. Findings appear in Nature Communications.

Weight-loss app for kids is irresponsible, experts say

A coalition of Canadian eating-disorder clinicians, dietitians and health-care professionals are calling a new weight-loss app for children dangerous.

"Our clients are going through so much at these vulnerable ages — puberty and body changes. And gamifying habits that reward food restriction is harmful," said Ary Maharaj, who is an educational coordinator with the National Eating Disorder Information Centre, or NEDIC.

Managing Low Bone Mineral Density in Adolescents with Eating Disorders: A Review of Pathophysiology, Diagnostic Modalities, and Treatment

Medical complications are frequently seen in patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN).1 Loss of bone mineral density (BMD), though not often the initial focus of eating disorder treatment, can persist long after apparent recovery from AN. It is a well-established consequence of poor nutritional intake, and is particularly concerning for the developing bodies of adolescent patients.

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