Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News August 11, 2010

Christina HendricksChristina Hendricks: I felt ‘invisible’ before Mad Men
Christina Hendricks, the curvaceous star of Mad Men, has told how she felt ostracised in Hollywood before winning her part in the hit US drama. By Heidi Blake  Published: 10:00PM BST 01 Aug 2010
Hendricks said she was made to feel “invisible” when she first moved to Los Angeles where the show is filmed. The 35-year-old, who swept to instant fame in her role as the flame-haired secretary in the drama, which is shown on BBC Four, also disclosed that she does not feel she fully belongs in showbusiness. The size 14 actress, who plays the sassy secretary Joan Harris, was last month praised as a physical role model by the equalities minister Lynne Featherstone.She refused to lose weight despite being repeatedly told that she was too big to win starring roles. Hendricks, who was voted the “Sexiest Woman Alive” by female readers of Esquire magazine in May, added that she does not receive much male attention in Los Angeles.  Read More
January JonesWhy Mad Men’s women eat well and don’t work out, by January Jones, star of the award-winning TV drama By Chris Hastings- – Last updated at 11:06 AM on 2nd August 2010

It was a Size 14 bombshell, lobbed into the anorexic world of fashion.  And Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone certainly caused an explosion when she declared last week that the curvaceous female stars of hit TV show Mad Men make ideal role models for young girls.The Minister earned criticism for arguing that the buxom, hourglass figures of actresses such as Christina Hendricks were both healthy and empowering.  And January Jones, who plays long-suffering housewife Betty Draper in the Emmy award-winning TV drama, says its creator Matthew Weiner agrees – telling female members of the cast to avoid strenuous exercise in order to maintain their curves and avoid muscle definition.  
Read More  (Be sure and read the comments at the bottom of this article!)
belly fatWaist size, not just weight, increases mortality rate

August 10, 9:55 PMMinnesota Heart Health ExaminerDeanna Sletten 

A study reported in the August 9, 2010 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine found that people with a large waist circumference are at a greater risk of dying than people who have a smaller waist. Surprisingly, a person’s weight was not as big a factor as a person’s waist size.The study was conducted by Eric J Jacobs, Ph.D. and colleagues from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta using questionnaires from the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort from 1992 to 1997. The study involved 56,343 women and 48,500 men age 50 and older. The researchers tracked deaths of the participants for 9 years from 1997 to 2006. Over this period of time 5,332 women and 9,315 men died of various causes.  Read More 
Dr Samuel KleinSamuel Klein MD an Obesity Expert Responds to Waist Size and Mortality Study

Aug 10, 7:23 AM EDT  By CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer

Fat stored behind the abdominal wall may be more harmful than fat stored on the hips and thighs. Some scientists believe belly fat secretes proteins and hormones that contribute to inflammation, interfere with how the body processes insulin and raise cholesterol levels.
But Dr. Samuel Klein, an obesity expert at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is skeptical about that theory. Removing belly fat surgically doesn’t lead to health improvements. That may mean it’s simply a stand-in for some other culprit that is causing both belly fat and poor health. Klein wasn’t involved in the new research.
Klein said the new study, while showing a link between waist size and mortality, doesn’t pinpoint exactly how much belly fat is dangerous for normal, overweight and obese people. The 40-inch for men and 35-inch for women cutoff points are irrelevant for many people, he said.
What can be done to fight belly fat? It’s the same advice as for losing weight. Eat fewer calories and burn more through walking, bicycling and other aerobic exercise. “Sit-ups are useless,” Klein said.  Read Entire Article 

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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). 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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