Monthly Archives: June 2010

Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News June 28 2010

kai hibbardBiggest Loser’s Kai Hibbard Says Show Triggered Eating Disorder
Hibbard Lost 118 Pounds In Just 12 Weeks During Season 3 Of the Hit TV Show By EMILY FRIEDMAN  June 25, 2010
A former contestant on the hit weight loss show “The Biggest Loser” is claiming that the show’s unhealthy practices led her to develop a life-threatening eating disorder.
Some Web sites offer support and encouragement for eating disorders.
Kai Hibbard, 31, was one of the final four contestants on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” in 2006, when the show was in its third season. While Hibbard appeared to be a poster child for the show, losing 118 pounds in just 12 weeks, she now says that she nearly died. “I had no idea I had a problem,” Hibbard told “When you spend four months surrounded by people who are all doing this to themselves, even if intellectually it seems wrong, you don’t realize. You just think if they’re doing it, I’m doing it.”
And what she was doing was trying a number of techniques to shed weight at an alarming rate — from fasting from dressing head to toe in multiple layers of clothing and working out in 100-degree temperatures. 
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Vicki BerkusCBT and ACT Treatment Results in Eating Disorders  – Review of Eating Disorders broadcast by Vicki Berkus, MD, PhD, CEDS, iaedp Board of Directors Education Chair 

A study comparing CBT with ACT showed the CBT has limited success with college age women with eating disorders but ACT showed moderate success, thereby endorsing ACT as the therapy of choice.
Incontinence in anorexic adolescents included 17% had night incontinence, 62.7% had day and night urinary incontinence and 57% had urgency incontinence. All resolved with weight restoration. More studies are needed to determine the cause.
Eight males and eight females were shown pictures of high caloric foods while undergoing brain scans. Females had greater responses in the dorsal and postlateral periventricular areas and insula. Males had increased flow to the amydala.
67 bulimic patients were studies to identify the effects of mood status and lymphocyte counts. Results showed that patients with increased anxiety and anger had lowered lymphocyte counts. The study showed that affect can affect immunological processes.  Read More

toriSorry I’m Skinny -Kiri Blakeley, 06.21.10, 10:25 AM EDT Thin celebrities have been on the defensive. But in obese America, should they be?  In her new book Uncharted TerriTORI, reality TV star Tori Spelling explains why she’s gotten so skinny in the past year. She writes that she does not have an eating disorder, but that a bout of swine flu and stomach ailments resulted in her stick-like frame. (Meanwhile, you’d have thought Tori was gushing BP oil for all of the print space dedicated to a recent sighting of her scarfing pizza.)   Read More   
Are We Too Hard On Skinny Women? – Jenna Goudreau, 06.25.10, 02:05 PM EDT
The ForbesWoman community weighs in on the backlash against thin women
Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Tori Spelling, Bethenny Frankel and Shenae Grimes have been accused of having eating disorders because they appear “too thin.” Meanwhile, 72% of adult women in the U.S. are either overweight or obese and 16% of girls aged 2 to 19 are obese, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The reality is that there are far more women in this country in danger of dying from obesity-related causes than in danger of not finding a pair of size 0 jeans,” 







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Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News June 18, 2010

skip lunchResearch, carried out by Cardiff University, involved 550 youngsters from South Wales aged from 11 to 16 years old, reveals that magazine images are linked to teenage eating disorders – – June 19 2010
GOSSIP magazines have been linked to worrying changes in teenagers’ eating patterns that could lead to eating disorders.
Welsh research reveals a link between reading the weekly magazines, which regularly comment on celebrities’ body shapes, and boys and girls who skip meals, make themselves sick after eating or binge eat.  Read More   
kelly klump phdEstradiol implicated as potential genetic factor in eating disorders – – June 18, 2010  – Preliminary data suggest that high levels of estradiol may play a role in eating disorders and body dissatisfaction among pubertal girls. Results of a pilot study conducted at Michigan State University and Florida State University indicate that the influence of one’s genes on eating disorder symptoms was much greater in pubertal girls with higher levels of estradiol (>5.79 pg/mL) than pubertal girls with lower levels of estradiol.
“In addition to the influence of ovarian hormones on mood, such as depression and anxiety, there are also very potent influences on eating disorders,” Kelly Klump, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Michigan State University, told Endocrine Today.

brainscan2 Study: Human Brain Naturally Distorts Body Image – – June 16, 2010 – Scientists from University College London discovered that the brain naturally distorts body image, which could explain certain eating disorders, BBC News reports.
In the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Matthew Longo and his colleagues asked 18 volunteers to put their left hands palm down under a board and predict the location of their hand’s knuckles and fingertips using a pointer.  Read More

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iaedp Symposium 2011 Call for Abstracts

I am excited about the conference theme for 2011.  In my 23 years in this field, I have seen many things work for people.  I have seen one protocol work for some and other things work for others.  Current research has now validated as effective many of the treatment protocols that clinicians have utilized over the years. However, there are still those protocols that promote higher levels of functioning and recovery for clients, but have yet to be supported by scientific evidence. It is our objective to bring forward and address those themes, topics, strategies, tools, and protocols that we know are powerful, transformative, and life-altering for our clients and their families. As a peer review committee makes the selections for Symposium 2011, they will be selecting a balance of the two categories. Another consideration is the speaker’s experience and credentials to speak on the abstract submitted. Protocols should have application in both an outpatient and an inpatient treatment setting. We are seeking abstract submittals for 3 hour intensive sessions.    Read the call for proposals by going to

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Eating Disorders in the News June 4, 2010

The following articles were in the June 4th issue of iaedp Eating Disorders in the News E-Newsletter.  We invite your opinions, insights, and reflections on these stories!

Cheerleaders at Risk for Eating Disorders, Study Finds
By LiveScience Staff
posted: 02 June 2010 09:07 am ET      
College cheerleaders are at high risk for body image issues and eating disorders, according to a new study that suggests they are affected by how revealing their uniforms are. The study of 136 Division-I and Division-II college cheerleaders looked at whether uniforms that bared their midriffs had any affect on eating disorder incidence or body image dissatisfaction. Participants were surveyed for weight, height and perceived ideal weight.

Eating Disorders Go Untreated as Experts Debate Definitions
By Rachael Rettner, LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 23 May 2010 05:16 am ET
Anorexia and bulimia are probably the most familiar types of eating disorders, but they are not the most common. Some 50 to 60 percent of patients don’t quite make the cut to be diagnosed with full-blown anorexia or bulimia, and are instead classified as having an eating disorder “not otherwise specified” (EDNOS).  But this group is so vast, and the cases within it so diverse, that many in the field believe it creates more problems than it does solutions in terms of treating patients and understanding the syndromes. Patients lumped into this unspecified group can also have misperceptions about their condition, thinking it is not as serious as anorexia or bulimia. But in fact, recent studies have found that there really isn’t a medical difference between the three recognized types of eating disorders.  Source:

Top 10 Controversial Psychiatric Disorders
Live – Stephanie Pappas, Contributor
The proposed revisions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) have spurred debate over what illnesses to include in the essential psychiatric handbook. Everything from gender identity disorder to childhood mood swings has come under fire, and it’s not the first time. The history of psychiatry is littered with impassioned fights over controversial diagnoses.   Source:

Editorial Note:  iaedp does not endorse the content of any news story; we only report it.  It is not our goal to approve or condemn any news printed in our newsletter; our purpose is to inform our expert membership with the hope that they will comment on the various written articles (when available on the site of origination or participate in discussion with other iaedp members here on our blog). We believe that current events and news/publicity regarding eating disorders are pertinent in many ways to influence patient care, create awareness, understand how media information (or mis-information) may influence our clients and their families, and be knowledgeable about new research.

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