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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2 responses to “Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News July 19, 2010

  1. I would love to see the entire study. This is an interesting outcome, but I would need to see how the study was conducted.

  2. Picky eating is often due to sensory integration dsyfunction which can cause food aversions to certain tastes, textures and smells. It doesn’t exactly look like a typical eating disorder but can be extremely limiting socially and emotionally for the person experiencing it. Google this disorder and you’ll find some interesting articles and books that might be helpful to some of your picky eaters and to you as an eating disorder professional.

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