‘Incredibly concerning’: More teens are trying to lose weight

Despite growing awareness around body positivity, new research has found more American teenagers are dieting today than in the past — especially young women.

From 2013 to 2016, nearly 38 per cent of adolescents between the ages of 16 and 19 said they had tried to lose weight during the past year, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics.

This number is up from previous years, as around 24 per cent of U.S. adolescents attempted to lose weight between 2009 and 2010.

Scientists have found that anorexia is linked to metabolism

The way we treat anorexia may be changing, thanks to a new study linking the illness to metabolism.

The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Genetics, examined the DNA of almost 17,000 people with anorexia nervosa and 55,000 healthy control subjects.

Genetic study reveals metabolic origins of anorexia

A global study, led by researchers at King's College London and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, suggests that anorexia nervosa is at least partly a metabolic disorder, and not purely psychiatric as previously thought. The research was published in Nature Genetics today.

The large-scale genome-wide association study, undertaken by over 100 academics worldwide, identified eight genetic variants linked to anorexia nervosa. The results suggest that the genetic origins of the disorder are both metabolic and psychiatric.

Body Image and Blindness: It's Not What I Saw, It's What I Felt

I’ve wanted to talk about my body image struggles and my blindness in a correlating way for sometime now. Many people don’t realize that just because I can’t see well, doesn’t mean I don’t struggle with what I do see or feel. I don’t blame my blindness for my past eating disorder, but it has played a role in my body challenges.

Addressing weight stigma: a timely call

The Lancet Public Health Editorial1 highlighting the need to address weight stigma is both timely and warranted.

Unusual eating behaviors may be a new diagnostic indicator for autism

Atypical eating behaviors may be a sign a child should be screened for autism, according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine.

Research by Susan Mayes, professor of psychiatry, found that atypical eating behaviors were present in 70% of children with autism, which is 15 times more common than in neurotypical children.

Atypical eating behaviors may include severely limited food preferences, hypersensitivity to food textures or temperatures, and pocketing food without swallowing.

The Tyranny of Workplace Food-Shamers: No one wants opinions on their lunch.

The first time someone commented on what I was eating at work, I was a teenager at my first job, manning the front desk at the local courthouse’s law library. On the way out one day, a regular visitor interrupted my fistful of cashews to tell me he loved watching me eat—I did it with such relish. Before I could think of a response, he left.

The Healing Power of Nutrition, Beyond “Let Food Be Thy Medicine”

The famous quote by Greek physician Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food” has stood the test of time. Yet at the same time, the prevalence of eating disorders continues to rise within a society that simultaneously continues to place hope in false claims of happiness and freedom through the latest greatest fad diet. The power of food to heal and restore remains, but the message has become distorted and messy. The current focus remains on the “should nots,” limiting nutrition to a list of rules that must be followed and consequences that must be paid.

Your Adolescent Daughter Doesn’t Have a Weight Problem. She’s Going Through Puberty

I went to one of those puberty talks with my daughter when she was in 5th grade. I listened closely as the nurse discussed growth. There was a quick mention of different-sized bodies and something about curves, and then she was off to detail sex organs and the monthly cycle. As a registered dietitian thoroughly steeped in the subject, I felt this was yet another missed opportunity to educate parents and girls about how female bodies change and grow during puberty.

Kaci Lickteig and others open up about running and disordered eating

A few months ago, Altra released a short film entitled The Weight of Mountains featuring three very accomplished ultrarunners talking openly about their experiences with trauma and disordered eating, and the role running has played in their recovery. One is Kaci Lickteig, who won the Western States Endurance Run in 2016 and finished third at this year’s race, held last week. It was Lickteig’s seventh finish at WSER.

Watch video here:  https://youtu.be/f2c3F8S7aXw