Many families are on the run, stopping at a drive-thru between soccer practice and piano lessons. Other families may leave a pot on the stove, but it’s up to each person to grab their food and head off to different corners of the house to settle in front of their favorite TV show.
A new study has found that anorexia nervosa, a serious eating disorder that can result in death, is more common among people born in spring months. Researchers from Oxford University said their study, the largest to date, provides clear evidence of a “season of birth” effect in anorexia.
The effects of secondhand smoke have been well-documented, with many research studies showing the risks to exposure to other people’s cigarettes. Now, however, it turns out that another potentially harmful effect may be tied to secondhand television exposure. While the effects of secondhand television are not directly impacting physical well-being as cigarettes do, it may…
Individuals with eating disorders often struggle in isolation. The shame that is associated with anorexia and bulimia nervosa often keep the disorders a secret for many years, and as the problems progress, social networks often suffer. Some research has shown that people who have eating disorders also have an associated difficulty with social interactions. A…
Major transitions in life are often the perfect breeding ground for eating disorders. Though adolescence is a time when eating disorders emerge, there are also other times when symptoms are likely to appear. A loss of a loved one or a divorce can even spur a change that leads to disordered eating patterns. The transition…
Type 1 diabetics use insulin to help their bodies process sugar from foods, allowing the sugar to be absorbed from the bloodstream. When insulin doses are reduced or eliminated, the glucose passes through the blood and is eliminated in urine, significantly limiting the number of calories absorbed by the diabetic.
Adolescence is a time of life where young people are encountering many types of changes in their lives. Besides physical maturation, adolescents are also pushing the limits of independence and leaving elementary school for middle school, where increased expectations and responsibilities often results in new stress.
When binge eaters complete treatment for an eating disorder and return to normal life, they often struggle with repeated relapses back into the disordered eating behavior. Training patients to control their responses to stimuli that induce binge eating is regularly included in treatment, helping patients recognize the triggers that precede their bingeing episodes.
While society has an idea about the age of the typical eating disorder sufferer, making this assumption in every situation could actually put the individual at risk. According to this Gaston Gazette report, eating disorders are starting with the young.
Treating eating disorders can be very challenging. Especially among those with anorexia, there is a high relapse rate, because patients often have a very difficult time applying what they have learned in treatment when they re-enter normal life.