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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