Is There a Role for Mindfulness in Treating Eating Disorders?

Three studies seek to clarify support for the benefits of mindfulness.

Two recent studies and a meta-analysis dig deeper into the question of what role mindfulness should play in eating disorder treatment. This is not a new question, but one that has been examined for some time.  Initially, the focus was on binge eating, but recent work has broadened this to include a variety of eating disorders.  Recent evidence provides still more support for the benefits of mindfulness.

Early warning signs of eating disorder revealed

Early warning signs that someone may have an eating disorder have been revealed in a large-scale data study conducted by Swansea University researchers.

The results, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, showed that people diagnosed with a disorder had higher rates of other conditions and of prescriptions in the years before their diagnosis. The findings may give GPs a better chance of detecting eating disorders earlier.

Study Ties Some Dietary Supplements to Medical Harms in Children, Young Adults

Dietary supplements marketed as aids for weight loss, sports performance, and other uses have been linked to serious health problems in young people, according to a study published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The Pew Charitable Trusts spoke with the study’s senior author, S. Bryn Austin, director of fellowship research training in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and director of the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders based at Harvard University’s T.H.

Restricted Diets to Mediate Food Allergies Can Produce Unhealthy Eating Habits

Celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, crohn’s disease and anaphylactic are all instigated by food allergies. Doctors order restrictive diets to help patients control inflammation and food reactions. While less well known, eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE) is another inflammatory disease triggered by food allergies. One of the most effective treatments, especially for young children, is a restricted diet that reduces the allergy-induced inflammation.

22 percent of young men engage in ‘disordered eating’ to bulk up

Adolescents who see themselves as puny and who exercise to gain weight may be at risk of so-called muscularity-oriented disordered eating behaviors, say researchers led by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

The researchers found that 22 percent of males and 5 percent of females ages 18-to-24 exhibit these disordered eating behaviors, which are defined as including at least one of the following: Eating more or differently to gain weight or bulk up, and use of dietary supplements or anabolic steroids to achieve the same goal.

What do you do when you hear or just sense a girl criticizing her appearance?

I get questions from parents about this all the time. They want to help their tween and teen daughters reject the harmful stereotype of physical appearance. They recognize that systems of sexist oppression determine what our popular culture considers beautiful.

I Survived An Eating Disorder-Interview with CEO Alison Maloni

Thank you for your bravery and strength in being so open with us. I personally understand how hard this is. Are you able to tell our readers the story of how you struggled with an eating disorder?

These neurons affect how much you do, or don't, want to eat

Like a symphony, multiple brain regions work in concert to regulate the need to eat. University of Arizona researchers believe they have identified a symphony conductor -- a brain region that regulates appetite suppression and activation -- tucked within the amygdala, the brain's emotional hub.

The UA Department of Neuroscience team found the neurocircuitry controlling appetite loss, called anorexia, said assistant professor Haijiang Cai, who is a member of the BIO5 Institute and heads up the neuroscience lab that ran the study.

Smash the Wellness Industry

A few months ago, I had lunch with the writer behind one of my favorite movies of the year, the agent who made the deal and the producer who packaged the project. I wanted to hear all about the process and perhaps find an opportunity to collaborate. When the server came to take our order, I flashed to that scene in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” when Mira Sorvino walks into a diner in a striped skirt suit and asks the waitress, “Do you have some sort of businesswomen’s special?”

Autism, eating disorders and nutrition: Figure out the link

An eating disorder named anorexia could be the hidden manifestation of autism in girls, suggests a new study. Read on to know including and excluding some foods can help you ease the symptoms of this neurodevelopmental condition in your child.