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Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News July 27, 2010

crystal rennPlus-Size Model ‘Shocked’ by Altered Pics – – July 22, 2010 –As a plus-size fashion model and former eating disorder sufferer, Crystal Renn said she was stunned when a photographer for a charity fashion shoot gave her a digital slim-down that prompted a flurry of questions about her body image.  The photos in question, shot by photographer Nicholas Routzen, show a suddenly svelte Renn in a tank top benefiting Fashion for Passion, a charity that funds arts education for children.  “When I first saw the pictures, I have to say I was absolutely shocked. I think I sat in silence for a good five minutes,” Renn said today on NBC’s “Today” show. “I don’t think it’s an accurate portrayal of my body in any way. I’m a size 10, and that is more like a size 2.” (Be sure and watch the news clip too)   Read more
Beth FrankelDaughters of Alcoholic Mothers Run Greater Mental Health RisksRead More 
Posted by carolyncastiglia on July 21st, 2010 at 3:20 pm   Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel recently confessed to People magazine that her mother abused alcohol when Frankel was a child, which puts her at greater risk for mental illness as an adult, according to a new study by Yale University researchers.  Daughters of mothers who abused alcohol run a greater risk for developing mania, nicotine dependence, alcohol abuse and schizoid personality disorder, the study found. It’s to be published in the October edition of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.   
Gracie Hill‘Health Police’ crack down on seemingly healthy children
Araminta Wordsworth, National Post, with files from news services · Monday, Jul. 19, 2010
Grace Hill is an active five-year-old who loves to swim, dance and ride her bike, while her mom, Laura, makes sure she eats a balanced diet. Now the elementary school student in Derby, England, has been branded overweight and at risk of a host of illnesses including cancer.
The problem is that the finding is according to one measure – the Body Mass Index – while other ways of calculating obesity show Grace as being well within the healthy guidelines for her age, weight and height.
“The letter opens with the awful statement, ‘Your child is overweight for their age and sex,’ which as health-conscious parents made us extremely angry,” said Ms. Hill, 28.   Read More 
As a professional in the eating disorders field, what do you think? 
  1. In the story entitled Plus-Size Model “Shocked” by Altered Pics, a size 10 is now portraying “plus size” women.  In the news clip, Miss Renn states that she is now losing weight.  She also states that large sizes include size 8 and size 10.  Wasn’t a plus size a 12 just a year or so ago?
  2. In the story entitled Daughters of Alcoholic Mothers Run Greater Mental Health Risks:  We have long known that these factors were significant in child development.  How can studies like the Yale Study be reconciled with using a Maudsley approach in treatment?  Are they compatible? 
  3. In the story entitled Health Police Crack Down on Seemingly Healthy Children:  As a professional do you use the BMI as a measurement?  Do you use it in conjunction with another protocol?  What are your thoughts on what may happen when they start to use it in schools in the United States?

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Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News July 19, 2010

Fatness leads to inactivity, but inactivity does not lead to fatness: a longitudinal study in children  –Archives of Disease in Childhood –

Objective To establish in children whether inactivity is the cause of fatness or fatness the cause of inactivity.
Design A non-intervention prospective cohort study examining children annually from 7 to 10 years. Baseline versus change to follow-up associations were used to examine the direction of causality.
Setting Plymouth, England.
Participants 202 children (53% boys, 25% overweight/obese) recruited from 40 Plymouth primary schools as part of the EarlyBird study.
Main outcome measures Physical activity (PA) was measured using Actigraph accelerometers. The children wore the accelerometers for 7 consecutive days at each annual time point. Two components of PA were analysed: the total volume of PA and the time spent at moderate and vigorous intensities. Body fat per cent (BF%) was measured annually by dual energy x ray absorptiometry.

picky eatingNo Age Limit on Picky EatingThe Wall Street Journal July 5, 2010 – This is what Heather Hill eats: French fries, pasta with butter or marinara sauce, vegetarian pizza, cooked broccoli, corn on the cob and cakes and cookies without nuts.

Ms. Hill is what you might call a picky eater. But she isn’t a child. She’s a 39-year-old mother of three who runs her own business in Raleigh, N.C. She says she is unable to eat other foods. “When I was younger it was cute,” Ms. Hill says. “Now it’s embarrassing.”
People like Ms. Hill have long puzzled clinicians and medical experts because their behaviors don’t fit the definition of a traditional eating disorder, in which people aim to achieve a certain body weight. But picky eaters’ diets can be so limited that their food preferences interfere with their social and professional relationships, which is one of the hallmarks of a true disorder.  Read More
hungryiFilmmaker starves himself for three months
Jeremy Warren, Postmedia News · Saturday, Jul. 17, 2010

D’Arcy Mann starved himself for 100 days–by choice.
He ate, of course, during the 100 days, but limited his food to 200 to 400 calories per day — half an apple in the morning, a can of tuna for lunch and the other apple-half before bed.
For more than three months, the 37-year-old filmmaker wasted away and ultimately lost 63 pounds — the size of an average nine-year-old boy — from a starting weight of 240.
He lost hair, shaving cuts would take three weeks to heal, and he endured lethargy and bouts of dizziness and fainting.
“I seem to have aged two years in 100 days — the wrinkles are deep,” Mr. Mann said this week after finishing the extreme diet. “This is something that will mark me, physically, for life.”
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Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News July 12, 2010

Eating Disorder Treatment Study: Research Study on Adolescent Eating Disorders, Helping Parents Help Their Children July 2010 – Duke University is conducting a clinical study comparing two therapy strategies that give parents tools to manage their child’s illness. Children will receive medical and nutritional management in addition to weekly therapy sessions.  Read More
sad childrenChildren’s hospital screening for PTSD: Badly injured kids who have disorder are being offered treatment, free of charge – By Mary Ann Roser AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Published: 10:34 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2010 –
Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin is now screening the most severely injured children those who come through the hospital’s trauma center for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Children between the ages of 7 and 17 who show signs of mental or emotional stress are being offered free counseling, the researchers said. The screening and the counseling, both of which require parent and child permission, are part of a study aimed at predicting which children are likely to suffer PTSD, an ailment more often associated with troops traumatized in battle.
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