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Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News October 29, 2010

Then and Now: Comparisons of this year’s Mike and Molly to 1988’s Roseanne

2010: Mike and Molly–Weight part of characterization and plot for plus-sized characters
By Lisa Respers France, CNN
October 20, 2010 11:16 a.m. EDT
(CNN) — Can plus-sized actors have starring roles in which their weight isn’t a major part of the character or story line?

Fat chance.

In an era when plus-sized, Academy Award-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe stirs negative and positive buzz by appearing in fashion magazines, weight continues to be a major topic in Hollywood and one that often creeps into story lines.

1988: The Connors’ Storyline Didn’t Focus on Weight The Connors were constantly facing money problems as they both worked in blue-collar jobs–in factories, hanging sheetrock, running a motorcycle shop, and eventually owning their own diner where they served “loose-meat” sandwiches. Their parenting style was often sarcastic, bordering on scornful. Once, when the kids left for school, Roseanne commented, “Quick. They’re gone. Change the locks.” But caustic remarks such as these were always balanced by scenes of affection and support so that the stability of the family was never truly in doubt. Much as in its working class predecessor, All in the Family, the Conner family was not genuinely dysfunctional, despite all the rancor.

And then there is the Marie Claire Blogger….
Should “Fatties” Get a Room? (Even on TV?)
October 25, 2010 9:00 AM by Maura Kelly
“…..So anyway, yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room – just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair. ” Kelly tries to atone in the comments by saying her remarks are lingering effects of her previous history of anorexia. “Though I don’t think of myself as anorexic any more, being freaked out by obesity to the insensitive, even cruel, point that I was is certainly a vestige of the anorexic mindset; maybe so was being righteous about how easy it is to lose weight. (Because once I lost an extreme amount of weight, of course — about half my body weight — etc.).” I can personally attest to the mental havoc that eating disorders wreak. Not only do you have no concept of what you as a person look like, you really don’t see other people accurately either. And the crazy doesn’t go away just because you start eating again.

This is a vivid insight into the prejudice that people who do not fit the “cultural” norm for size in today’s world face.   The eating disorders treatment field has advanced vastly since 1988 but it seems the idealization of size keeps getting more distorted and even cruel; are we fighting a battle we can win when we talk about the cultural influence on weight and fear of fat and its backlash in the form of the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia?

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Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News October 21, 2010

Eating Disorders in the News October 21, 2010  
Davis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Eating Disorders Research

Up to five three-year fellowships ranging from $43,000 – $63,000 per year, inclusive of a $3,000 expense allowance will be awarded to fellows who have completed no more than three years of postdoctoral research training as of the funding start date. The awards will support postdoctoral fellows working in nonprofit academic or research institutions in the United States. 
  
 
 
gap in teeth
 
 
Imperfection as a Beauty Ideal Sidney Morning Herald 19 Oct 10 – An age-old beauty attribute makes a comeback as gap-toothed smiles return to Vogue. 
  
children and weight
 
Chewing the FatSidney Morning Herald 19 Oct 10
 Schools and after-school programs have not had much impact on childhood obesity, nor have GPs had much influence on their patients’ weight status,. Children’s holiday “fat camps” lack long-term data, suggesting the “long-term results are not great”, while lap band surgery should be a last resort, given US data shows long-term gut problems and the need for re-operation in significant numbers of patients. One in 100 obese children referred to specialist services has an underlying medical, genetic or hormonal cause for weight gain. But sometimes, parents simply need help with their overweight children.
 
 
alcoholDrunkorexia:  A Growing Trend for College Students –  The State.com  Monday, October 18  A study published in the July 2009 issue of the International Journal of Eating Disorders found a connection between binge drinking (four or more drinks in one sitting) and eating disorders. The authors suggest that there is a “crucial need for early interventions targeting binge drinking among college-age women regardless of their current drinking status.”
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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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iaedp Symposium 2011 Registration is Open

There is nothing more important in troubled economic times than bringing people together to reaffirm the path forward! 

Symposium 2011 has been planned to help make it more economically feasible for you!  

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Celebrities React to Eating Disorders Accusations

In the October 15, 2010 issue of Inside iaedp, we had an article about celebrities who have been accused of having an eating disorder and their reactions.  We know as professionals in the field that eating disorders are complex psychological diseases.  Here is an excerpt from our newsletter on this issue:

lady gaganicole richieCelebrities React to Being Accused of Having an Eating Disorder!

Recently Nicole Richie and Lady Gaga have reacted to accusations of being eating disordered.  Nicole is quoted as saying “I felt it was a little unfair to say someone has an eating disorder when they don’t […] It’s extremely insulting and irresponsible. An eating disorder is serious and it’s a disease. I don’t think you can lightly say someone has a disease unless they are openly telling you that they do.”  Lady Gaga has not made an official statement regarding an unauthorized biography’s claims regarding her health but her choreographer has released a statement.

What caution would you share with readers about accusations regarding eating disorders?

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Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News October 8, 2010

Eating Disorders in the News October 8, 2010  
girl on stairs
 
 
 
 
Survey Shows Half of Anorexia Suffers Develop Eating Disorder by Age 10

Mailonline.co.uk – 7 Oct 10
More than half of anorexia sufferers develop their eating disorder by the age of ten, according to new research.  A survey found thousands of young girls are affected by eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia – conditions that are normally associated with teenagers.  Family traumas such as parents divorcing are fuelling eating problems at primary schools.  

 

Dansatori: Stanwell Park dancers in revolt dancers revolt

against hoity toity routines and eating disorders –

illawarramercury.co.au – 7 Oct 10

Don’t be fooled by the balletic bodies; these are rogue dancers and they’re on a mission. Led by one-time Australian Ballet performer Eva Crainean, the company Dansatori is a revolt against hoity-toity routines and eating disorders.The themes sit well with artistic director Crainean, 29, of Balgownie, who says she was repelled from the ballet world by its injuries, eating disorders and by seeing the “game playing” that went on among dancers competing for roles. 
anorexic teen girl

 
 
 
New research reveals that teenagers suffering from anorexia show better recovery with family based therapy as opposed to individual counseling
independent.co.uk – 6 Oct 10
New research reveals that teenagers suffering from anorexia need a helping hand from their families. In a large-scale study published on October 4 in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, teenagers with the eating disorder showed better recovery after receiving family therapy as opposed to individual counseling – results which countered previously held beliefs about treating the disease.  

These articles appeared in today’s enewsletter.  If you would like to visit our e-newsletter archive, you may by clicking on this link  http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs041/1101827005091/archive/1102560923786.html

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Inside iaedp: Eating Disorders in the News October 1 2010

Eating Disorders in the News October 1, 2010  
medication bottles for articldLithium Side Effects You Should Know About

Prescription Drugs.com

Lithium, the generic name for Eskalith and Lithobid, is a drug used to treat bipolar mood disorders, manic depression and other mood disorders and conditions. The medication is FDA approved and is also sometimes prescribed to treat premenstrual tension, eating disorders, gout and various forms of addictions. Read More

cutting Stanford Study Links Eating Disorders and Cutting
Research also suggests ‘self-injurious’ actions may be underdiagnosed
Palo Alto Online – Sep 28 2010

Doctors treating youths with eating disorders may be neglecting to diagnose accompanying self-injurious behavior such as cutting, a new Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital study indicates.  Researchers found not only that 40.8 percent of eating-disorder patients in their study also practiced self-harm (most often through skin cutting and burning) but also that health-care providers may be neglecting to ask patients about self-injurious actions, indicating there may be a higher correlation between eating disorders and self-injurious behavior than previously realized.  Read More

fiona apple

 

Fiona Apple Develops Eating Disorder After Rape at Age 12
published Sept 2010 – Celebrities with Diseases.Com

Fiona Apple, an American singer and songwriter, has had her share of troubles suffering with eating disorders. Her lonely descent into depriving her body of food started after she was raped outside her home, when she was just twelve years old. Not surprisingly this had an extremely adverse impact on the young girl, and as a result she suffered from major depression and started to follow an erratic diet. She became extremely paranoid after the ordeal and also embarked on a desperate bid to lose weight. In her song Paper Bag she includes these words:

“Hunger hurts and I want him so bad, oh, it kills
‘Cause I know I’m a mess he don’t wanna clean up
I got to fold ’cause these hands are too shaky to hold
Hunger hurts but starvin’ works when it costs
Too much to love”

Read More  Listen to Fiona Perform Paper Bag

There is nothing more important in troubled economic times than bringing people together to reaffirm the path forward! 

Symposium 2011 has been planned to help make it more economically feasible for you!  
  • All suite room rates are $139 single or double occupancy
  • Breakfast and lunches are included in Registration Fees
  • Thursday night opening gala and banquet are included in Registration Fees
  • Saturday night Red Carpet Film Premiere is included in the registration fees
  • Registration has opened so you can plan your budget over the next 5 months!
  • Join us in March!

The Pointe Hilton at Squaw Peak
Phoenix, Arizona
March 3-6, 2011 
   

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