Category Archives: Nutrition: Eating Disorders: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder feature similar brain anomalies

People with anorexia nervosa and with body dysmorphic disorder have similar abnormalities in their brains that affect their ability to process visual information, a new UCLA study reveals. People with anorexia have such an intense fear of gaining weight that … Continue reading

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How Karen Carpenter’s Death Changed the Way We Talk About Anorexia

Feb. 4, 1983: Musician Karen Carpenter dies at 32 from health complications related to anorexia After being called chubby as a teenager, Karen Carpenter began dieting. When she slimmed down from 145 to 120 lbs., her friends and family praised … Continue reading

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Eating disorders: primary docs diagnose but don’t refer?

Newswise — Existing research has shown that primary care doctors can play an important role in recognizing and diagnosing a patient with an eating disorder. However, new research suggests that while those physicians can be adept at identifying signs and … Continue reading

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Bigorexia, aka dysmorphia, fueled by box office, movies, media pressure

Media pressure can lead to muscle dysmorphia (colloquially known as “bigorexia”), which is an obsession with not being muscular enough. Listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, it strikes primarily among men who are already lean and … Continue reading

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Popular health blogs bad for those with eating disorders

Int J Eat Disord. 2014 Jan 13. doi: 10.1002/eat.22244. [Epub ahead of print] A content analysis of healthy living blogs: Evidence of content thematically consistent with dysfunctional eating attitudes and behaviors. Boepple L, Thompson JK. Author information Department of Psychology, … Continue reading

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Teacher-delivered body-image dissatisfaction advice is feasible, acceptable and effective

Training teachers to deliver body image lessons to teenagers in schools could help improve body esteem and reduce the risk of eating disorders, according to new research by King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry. The study is published today in … Continue reading

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Significant others and disordered eating in young adults

Am J Health Promot. 2013 Feb 11. [Epub ahead of print] Dieting and Encouragement to Diet by Significant Others: Associations With Disordered Eating in Young Adults Eisenberg ME, Berge JM, Neumark-Sztainer D. Source Marla E. Eisenberg, ScD, MPH, is with … Continue reading

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Nutrition professionals need to do more to educate young women about healthy body weight: study

Int J Womens Health. 2012;4:405-11. Epub 2012 Aug 13. Prevalence and correlates of dieting in college women: a cross sectional study. Fayet F, Petocz P, Samman S. Source Discipline of Nutrition and Metabolism, School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney, … Continue reading

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BDD patients’ restricted food intake a predictor of increased suicide attempts

Rhode Island Hospital and Auburn University researchers found a link between restrictive food intake, or excessive dieting, and an increase in suicide attempts in people with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). The study focused on the acquired capability of suicide, which … Continue reading

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