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May 10, 2008 in Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa, anorexia, Anorexia Nervosa, Anti- Diet Campaign, Behavioral Strategies and Eating Disorders, Blogs, Body Acceptance, Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa, Carer Support, COE (Compulsive Over-Eating), Cognitive Processing and Effects of Dieting, Community Health Education, Diet Breaking, Dieting Behaviors, Dieting Industry, Disordered Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorder Advocacy, Eating Disorder Recovery, Eating Disorder Research, Eating Disorders, Eating Patterns and Weight Related Issues, ED Hope & Recovery, ED recovery, EDNOS, Empowered Families, Empowered Parents, Environmental factores influencing ED's, Evidence Based Treatment for Eating Disorders, Evidence-Based Medicine, Family & Culture, Genetic Analysis and Eating Disorders, Health, Health & Wellbeing, Imprinting and Addictive Processes, Love Your Body, meta-analysis, Mind & Body, Parent Activism and Eating Disorders, Parent Advocates, Personal, Personal Stories, Public Health, Research and Recovery, Size Accpetance, Size Esteem, Society and Weight Related Issues, Sociocultural Factors in Eating Disorders, Symbolic Imagery, Thoughts | Tags: BDD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Diets Don't Work, DNA & ED's, Eating Disorder Recovery/Support, Eating Disorder Research, Eating Patterns and Weight Related Issues, Effects of Dieting, environmental factors influencing ED's, Epigenetic Inheritance, Evolutionary Biology and our Bodies, Fat & Metabolism, Fat Acceptance, Genetic Analysis and Eating Disorders, Genetic and Environmental causes of ED's, Gentetic Analysis and Eating Disorders, Health & Wellbeing, Health at Every Size, Karolinski Institute and Obesity Study, Love Your Body, neo-Lamarckian Researchers, Parent Support and Eating Disorders, Pathophysiology of Eating Disorders, Size Acceptance, Sociocultural Factors in Eating Disorders, Weight and Self-Perception | Leave a comment
Most of us realize that we need “fat” not only in our diet, but within our bodies– I say most since when you have an eating disorder, know someone with an ED, or care for someone suffering with this illness, specifically anorexia nervosa, which is hallmarked by the intense fear of gaining weight, this is a very difficult truth to swallow as well as visually accept within ones’ physical body.
There are also some studies that suggest for some this “fear” can be a precusor to eating disorders among the array of environmental, behavioral influences as well as genetic and/or biochemical predeterminers that scientists are still compiling and discovering that can leave some individuals much more susceptible than others to either severe eating disordered behavior, EDNOS, or a severe diagnosed eating disorder that requires serious and comprehensive treatment.
What’s also intriguing is the work by researchers continuing to unfold in evolutionary biology, genetic imprinting, and epigenetic inheritance which I’m certain there are correlations within these findings and eating disorders that have yet to be fully available and utilized, but may be able to provide us with a much more inclusive picture behind the illness and how to improve prevention and treatment.
There was a recent study highlighting the benefits (mostly catching everyone’s eye with the glorification of our ever evolving rump, or as writer Debra Dikerson slammed in Salon.com last year about mainstreaming “Gi-normous butts”) of subcutaneous fat, which produces hormones known as adipokines found to boost metabolism (of course, I’m assuming this study will also fuel the weight-loss industry and war-on-obesity too) found in the booty area as well as belly and showing to be protective against type2 diabetes, but also reaffirming the adage that “diets don’t work” and briefly explains why this is part of the reason it’s difficult to keep that weight off once lost; and that our fat cells are set during adolescence and don’t decrease, but do actually expand in size.
And while I don’t embrace the the good/bad dichotomous thinking and categorization of really anything when it comes to our daily living and Life– you tend to find things more in shades of gray or muted with other colors vs just a pigment of one– the study is looking at two types of fat: subcutaneous and visceral , and where they are found within the body. Subcutaneous tends to be in the booty and stomach area, and has more benefits vs visceral, which tends to be the gunk blocking arteries, causing damage to organs– sorry to say you’re bad visceral, or maybe scientists just haven’t fully found out what you’re doing and why you are getting such a bad wrap.
Another study that continues in similar dialogue and highlights the complications of metabolic syndrome and that this can be triggered by overeating, which is correlated with weight gain, especially if done consecutively over a sustained period of time, and makes me wonder about endocannabinoids and their role cause/effect in obesity and how this, if at all correlates. The study also points to our fat cells being set during adolescence, but Dr Stephen O’Rahilly of Cambridge remains unconvinced, and isn’t prescribing to this determination just yet.
Maybe another more basic message to keep at forefront is that it’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature– she rises up with a vengeance. Our bodies have evolved over time and there is inherit wisdom to what we carry around with us everyday.
April 28, 2008 in Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa, anorexia, Anorexia Nervosa, Art & Drawing, Art & Psychology, Art Psychotherapy, Art Therapy and Eating Disorders, Artistic Therapy and Healing, AT and ED's, Behavioral Health, Behavioral Strategies and Eating Disorders, Books, Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa, Carer Support, Carer Support/Healing, COE (Compulsive Over-Eating), Culture, Disordered Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorder Advocacy, Eating Disorder Treatment, Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders and Mental Health, Eating Disorders CAM Treatment, ED advocacy, ED Hope & Recovery, Empowered Families, Empowered Parents, Endorphins/Brain's Opiates, family, Family & Culture, Family-Based Therapy and Eating Disorders, Health, Health & Wellbeing, Howard S Hoffman, Imprinting and Addictive Processes, Life, Medicine, Mental Health, Mind & Body, Parent Activism and Eating Disorders, Parent Advocates, Parent Support, Parent/Family Support and Eating Disorders, Personal, Personal Narratives, Philosophy, Physiological Aspects of Eating Disorders, Psychology & Counseling, Psychology and Counseling, Self-Care, Skinner Box, Social Attatchment, Social Bonding, Thought For The Day, Thoughts, Vision and the Art of Drawing, Visual Interpretations, Whimisical Images, WW II Vets | Tags: Add new tag, Advice and Eating Disorders, anorexia, Anorexia Nervosa, Art & Drawing, Art & Psychology, Art Psychotherapy, Art Therapy and Eating Disoders, Behavioral Health/Science, Books, Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa, Carer Support and Eating Disorders, COE (Compulsive Over-Eating), cognitive processing and Eating Disorders, Eating disorder, Eating Disorder Advocacy, Eating Disorder Recovery, Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders and Perceptions, ED-NOS, Empowered Parents/Families, Endorphins/Brain's Opiates, Exhibits, Experimental Psychology, Health, Howard S Hoffman, Imprinting & Addictive Processes, Medicine, Mental Health and Eating Disorders, Mind & Body, NIMH studies for Eating Disorders, Parent Activism and Eating Disorders, Parent Support and Eating Disorders, Personal Empowerment, Personal Journeys, Philosophy, Physiological Aspects of Eating Disorders & Healing, Psychology & Counseling, Skinner Box, Social Bonding, Soical Attatchment, Thought For The Day, Thoughts, Vision and the Art of Drawing, Visual Interpretations, Whimsical Images, WW II Vets | 2 comments
April 23, 2008 in Access to ED Care/Treatment, Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa, Adolescent Eating Behaviors, anorexia, Anorexia Nervosa, Behavioral Health, Body Acceptance, Body Image & Writing, Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa, Carer Support, Carer Support/Healing, COE (Compulsive Over-Eating), Community Health Education, Constructs of Pyschological Distress, Consumer Alert, Culture, Disordered Eating Behaviors, Dr Cynthia Bulik, Dr Margo Paine, Eating Disorder Advocacy, Eating Disorder News, Eating Disorder Research, Eating Disorder Treatment, Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders and Mental Health, Eating Patterns and Weight Related Issues, ED advocacy, ED Hope & Recovery, ED recovery, ED's and the Media, EDNOS, eliminating stigma, Empowered Families, Empowered Parents, Engaged Families, Environmental factores influencing ED's, family, Family & Culture, Family Education/Resources, Family supported ED treatment, Genetic and Environmental causes of ED's, Health, Health & Wellbeing, Imperfect Bodies, Improvement of Psychological and Behavioral Treatments, Mental Health, Parent Activism and Eating Disorders, Parent Support, Personal, Power of the Media & Perception, Public Health, Research and Recovery, Society and Weight Related Issues, Socio-Cultural Factors and Advertising to Promote ED's, Sociocultural Factors in Eating Disorders, thin idealization, women/psychology | Tags: American Consumerism and Dieting, anorexia, Anorexia Nervosa, Body Acceptance, Body Image and the Media, Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa, Calorie Prisoners, Career Dieters, Carer Support, COE (Compulsive Over-Eating), Community Health Education and Eating Disorders, constructs of psychological distress, Culture/Society and Dieting, Disordered Eaters, Disordered Eating Behaviors, Dr Cynthia Bulik, Dr Diane Mickley, Dr Margo Paine, Eating Disorder News, Eating Disorders, ED News, ED-NOS, environmental factors influencing ED's, Food Addicts, Malnutrition in a Modern World, Media Overkill, Medical News Today, Mental Health, Parent Activism and Eating Disorders, Parent Adovcates and ED's, Parent Support and Eating Disorders, Personal Stories, Power of the Media & Perception, Psychological Harm of Dieting, Public Health and Nutrition, SELF Magazine, Sociocultural Factors in Eating Disorders, University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program, Women's Health | 5 comments
When your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder your life changes- permanently. There is no looking back (though you do, and weep and grieve for the child you once knew and still know lies underneath the ED just waiting to find his/her way back– and they do!) there is no denying the obvious even when this illness can completely blindside and throw you off your center until you fully understand and grapple with its complexity– and even then you can still be utterly perplexed.
But you take action, keep your son/daughter safe, provide nutritional sustenance, comfort and support. You find the appropriate medical care, treatment facilities and resources that will help him/her, as well as yourself, find their way back to health, well being and continuing to work towards their full recovery– however that needs to happen- you just do it. We’re parents, Moms&Dads, families, grandparents, cousins, all taking those measures and lending a hand because we love each other and want to see those suffering find their way back to their true selves, living their dreams, passions and finding happiness- not perfection- in what gift of our Lives we have been given. Life is certainly not an easy journey, and growing up, becoming an adult, raising a family, fumbling through difficulties– these are all illuminating lessons to help bring us back to grace and compassion, wisdom and understanding.
Something within my own inner perspective and thinking is having a bit of a snag though. Maybe because I know how damn hard it is to wrestle with an illness our daughter was diagnosed with over a year ago. Knowing how hard she has worked to get to where she is now, how much more persistence and vigilance she will continue to have, especially now that she is fully discharged from the eating disorder program she has been intensely involved with for several months, and facing a culture and society that seems to be ironically having increased insecurities, issues and numbers of individuals (especially within older adult populations) with “disordered eating” patterns and behaviors, which to me on the outside look and behave just like our daughter did prior to her being diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa.
There is this surreal sensation that comes over me when I briefly skim over an article in SELF Magazine that highlights a partnered survey studythat was done in collaboration with Dr Cynthia Bulik and the University of North Carolina that states that “3 out of 4 American Women have disordered eating” and the magazine survey whose participants numbered over 4000, and probably still counting on both the survey, forum and follow up, continue to show an increase in disordered eating patterns and ranges of destructive habits that clearly as Dr Margo Paine boldly states exemplifies, “Dieting is a national pastime for women” and “as a society, we don’t see the problem“.
The survey also goes further into describing additional categories that 6 out of 10 (1 out of 10 have eating disorders) women who are categorized as “disordered eaters” describe themselves into specific subsets:
* Calorie Prisoners
* Secret Eaters
* Career Dieters
* Food Addicts
* Extreme Exercisers
Of course, none of these descriptors are new. But while some studies and stats have been pointing towards an increase of younger individuals being diagnosed with eating disorders, which may indeed be on the rise, though it’s always difficult to know whether we are only getting better at earlier diagnosing and intervention; and if some of the outcry and attention to the issue is creating the continued awareness, discussion, research and treatment standards. But this survey, as some previous others, is showing the age range to be in the adult category of a 25-45 year old female base, and from what I’ve read in some previous studies, this seems to be more consistent and increasing if you are to follow the conclusions.
Yes, I’m perplexed and even angry. I don’t want to see anyone needlessly suffering with any disordered eating behavior(s) that can have even the subtlest of impact upon ones’ health- period. But I also have another irritating irk in thinking about the continued impact these findings, if they are showing continued rises in eating-disordered behavior have upon our youth and young adults who are watching, reading, and taking in this information too. What, if anything does this ultimately translate to and what can be done to counteract this deranged preoccupation with dieting, body-dissatisfaction, and just overkill of the human body? When will the craziness stop just long enough to take a step back, breathe, and find acceptance and compassion for who you are as you are being enough, being worthy– because we all are.
And our kids need us to model and reinforce these strong capabilities and common-sense practicalities. When I see a book titled: My Beautiful Mommy I think this is a joke, right? But I find that it’s written by a plastic surgeon, and really set on promoting this “upkeep” ideal while cunningly proclaiming under a guise of “help”. Are we so far gone into our self-absorbed psyches that we are so easily swayed and coerced into finding this worthy of publication to begin with? Apparently so, as the book is being sold and bought, joke or not– some are taking the bait and seem to be biting hard, though not into much that will keep one nutritionally and mentally stable.
Our daughter has to not only find safety, stability and assurance within her home environment, but the world outside as well. And this rant of a thread I’ve lowered myself to in this post just proves what an apparently obnoxious mother on a mission I am (imperfections and all- silicon free and able to eat minus fear thankfully) to keep my daughter moving towards a healthy, happy and internally sustained recovery and passionately what that means to me.
Ladies and Gentlemen, can this insanity please begin to find it’s way back in the hole from where it came? Like a fire out of control, can we begin to find some means of putting this insatiable flame to some simmering rational end? Will these studies and polls just continue to bloom, boggle and frustrate so many of us, while invoking the opposite within others to think less of themselves, and to possibly court a potential ED, especially for those who are either biologically, physiologically and/or genetically predisposed and vulnerable?
To continued Health, Strength & Insight for us all.
April 5, 2008 in Access to ED Care/Treatment, anorexia, Anorexia Nervosa, Behavioral Health, Books, Buddhism, Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa, Carer Support, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, COE (Compulsive Over-Eating), Constructs of Pyschological Distress, Culture, Disordered Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorder Advocacy, Eating Disorder Treatment, Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders and Mental Health, ED advocacy, ED Hope & Recovery, ED recovery, EDNOS, Emotional Healing, Emotional Journeys, Empowered Families, Empowered Parents, Engaged Families, Family & Culture, Family Based Therapy, Family supported ED treatment, Healing Through Meditation, Health, Health & Wellbeing, Health Care, Mental Health, Neuroscience and Eating Disorders, Parent Activism and Eating Disorders, Parent Advocates, Parent Support, Parent/Family Support and Eating Disorders, Personal, Personal Empowerment, Personal Narratives, Personal Stories, Psychology & Counseling, Research and Recovery, Self-Care, Self-Help Narratives, Spirituality, Symbolic Imagery, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Vajrayana Master, Trungpa tulkus, Writing & Healing | Tags: Activism and Support for Eating Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Behavioral Health, Books, Buddhism, Buddhist Psychology, Bulimia Nervosa, Carer Support, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, COE (Compulsive Over-Eating), Eating Disorder Recovery & Hope, Eating Disorder Support, Eating Disorders, ED advocacy, ED Recover, EDNOS, Emotional Healing, Empowered Parents, Engaged Families, Family & Culture, Family Based Threapy and Eatiing Disorders, Health, Health Care, Human Collectives, Humanity, Loving-Kindness, Meditation and Eating Disorders, Meditation Community, meditation practice & healing, Meditation studies and health research, Mental Health, Nalanda Arts Program, Parent advocacy and Eating Disorders, Parent Advocates, Parent Support and Eating Disorders, Parents with Eating Disordered Children, Personal, Personal Stories of Healing, Psychology&Healing, self-help, Shambhala, Spirituality&Healing, Symbolic Imagery and Healing, Therapeutic Healing Modalities for Eating Disorders, Tibetan Vajrayana Master, Trungpa tulkus | 1 comment
Facing the bluntness of reality is the highest form of
sanity and enlightened vision… Devotion proceeds
through various stages of unmasking until we reach
the point of seeing the world directly and simply
without imposing our fabrications… There may
be a sense of being lost or exposed, a sense of vulnerability.
That is simply a sign that ego is losing its grip
on its territory; it is not a threat.
-Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche