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.

The App Teaching Anorexics to Eat Again

Swedish scientists say that eating disorders should be considered just that - eating disorders, rather than mental disorders. The proof, they say, is in the eating.

"Anorexic patients can normalize their eating rate by adjusting food intake to feedback from a smartphone app," says Professor Per Sodersten, lead author of an article in Frontiers in Neuroscience defending his pioneering method. "And in contrast to failing standard treatments, most regain a normal body weight, their health improves, and few relapse."

Coping with ‘beach body’ season when you have an eating disorder

Summer means tank tops, swim suits and shorts, and for a teenage Kelsea McCready, this wasn’t easy.

“I wanted to look good in my shirt and clothing. When I looked in the mirror, I never thought I was really good enough,” said the now-21-year-old university student.

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