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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