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

crystal rennPlus-Size Model ‘Shocked’ by Altered Pics – aol.com – 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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