Eating Disorder Hope, A New One-Stop Resource For Everything About Eating Disorders, Seeks To End Eating Disordered Behavior
Millions of Americans suffer from eating disorders and many don't know where to turn to for help. Jacquelyn Ekern, a licensed counselor and founder of Eating Disorder Hope, launched the site, http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com, to provide a comprehensive resource for support, referrals and education about eating disorders. "My past battle with and recovery from an eating disorder fueled my passion to help others, " said Ekern. "My goal is to become a global resource for help and healing in eating disorder treatment. My advice for individuals with eating disorders is to get help because these disorders rarely resolve themselves. Finding professionals specialized in the field is key to successful recovery.
The Renfrew Center, the country's leading authority on eating disorder treatment and research, recently announced the expansion of its services into Central America through a partnership with the Guatemala-based AKASA treatment center. The first center in Central America exclusively dedicated to the treatment of women with eating disorders, AKASA now operates as an independent affiliate of The Renfrew Center. For many years, The Renfrew Center has been training eating disorders professionals from around the world, but this partnership takes the organization's expertise in eating disorders treatment into another country for the first time. By doing so, it offers patients outside the U.
The Priory Group, Europe's leading provider of acute mental health services, believes increased stresses on young Scots are linked to a rise in eating disorders in both men and women. There has been a rise in Scotland in the number of patients being seen by the Priory Group for treatment for an eating disorder. The Priory's experts believe cultural and lifestyle pressures to have 'the perfect body' are resulting in an increase in the number of young women with anorexia nervosa and bulimia and a particular increase in the number of young men coming forward for treatment. Dr Alex Yellowlees, Medical Director of the Priory Hospital Glasgow, says an increase is strongly connected to the idealisation of thinness in our society and the intense cultural pressure to strive after the 'perfect body'.
Scientists led a rat to the fatty food, but they couldn't make it eat. Using an animal model of binge eating, University of Missouri researchers discovered that deactivating the basolateral amygdala, a brain region involved in regulating emotion, specifically blocked consumption of a fatty diet. Surprisingly, it had no effect on the rat wanting to look for the food repeatedly. "It appears that two different brain circuits control the motivation to seek and consume, " said Matthew Will, assistant professor of psychological sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science and investigator in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center. "Understanding how this circuit in the brain works may provide insight into the exact networks and chemicals in our brain that determine the factors influencing our feeding habits.
By raising levels of self-confidence and motivation for change adventure therapy is a valuable tool in the treatment of women with eating disorders. This is the finding of research by Dr Kaye Richards and colleagues which will be presented today, Friday 11 September 2009, at the 5th International Adventure Therapy Conference. The event, hosted by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), is taking place from 7-11 September at Pollock Halls, The University of Edinburgh. The research examined practical ways of working therapeutically outdoors with women who suffer from eating disorders. It also assessed the extent to which participants taking part in an adventure therapy intervention benefited psychologically from the process.
Although most people with bulimia and binge eating disorders wait many years before seeking help, a new review shows that psychological treatment can make a large difference and that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most effective talk therapy for these disorders. People with bulimia experience cycles of disordered eating behavior in which they overeat and then purge, often by self-induced vomiting or taking laxatives. Binge eating disorder includes bouts of overeating, but without purging, and researchers have linked it to obesity. Eating disorders are most common in women, with bulimia affecting about 1 percent of women and binge eating disorder affecting 2 percent to 5 percent.
A German study published in the fifth issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics compares the differences between inpatient and day treatment of bulimia nervosa. The Authors reported in detail on the design and 3-month outcome in a previous article and present the results of the 12-month follow-up in this letter. Fifty-five of 204 patients screened at an outpatient clinic fulfilled the inclusion criteria, gave informed consent and could be randomized. Twenty-one percent were lost before admission. Finally, 22 patients could be treated in the day clinic and 21 in the inpatient group. The treatments represent common multimodal inpatient and day clinic programs in Germany, integrating psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and systemic components.
Existing research shows that rates of binge eating among adult women is virtually identical across race. However, among college age women, it's a different story: Caucasian women are more apt to exhibit binge eating behaviors than African American women, according to a study presented at this month's annual scientific meeting of the Obesity Society. "We are trying to figure out when the diet trajectory changes, and when it is that African-Americans start to exhibit these behaviors. It's important to look at the eating habits of this group as they may contribute to early onset weight gain and obesity, " said Melissa Napolitano, clinical psychologist at the Center for Obesity Research and Education and associate professor of kinesiology in the College of Health Professions.
An important new discover challenges the rife insight that bulimia primarily affects privileged, white teenagers such as "Gossip Girl" character Blair Waldorf, who battled bulimia on the show earlier this season. Rather, girls who are African American are 50 percent another likely than girls who are bleached to be bulimic, the researchers found, and girls from families in the lowest income bracket studied are 153 percent added likely to be bulimic than girls from the highest resources bracket. "As it turns out, we learned something surprising from our info approximately who bulimia actually affects, not honorable who is diagnosed, " says USC economist Michelle Goeree.
The Huntercombe Group, one of the UK's largest independent providers of specialist healthcare, nowadays announces the world's largest international conference on eating disorders with speakers attending from 35 countries around the world presenting the virgin developments and research findings in the field. The annual conference, organized by creation renowned eating disorders specialists Professor Bryan Lask and Dr Rachel Bryant-Waugh and sponsored by Huntercombe, testament take place on 31 March - 2nd Apr 2009 at The Institute of Education, University of London. The event, which is organised in company with the British Ledger of Hospital Medicine, will provide a forum for learning and erudition exchange with workshops and presentations by top professionals in the field.