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December 06, 2013
Most people enjoy eating food and even look forward to their next meal or snack. Feeling hungry every few hours is a natural sensation, and the act of consuming food is met with a feeling of reward. For individuals suffering from anorexia, it's a different story. People with anorexia avoid eating to the point of starvation. They derive little pleasure from food and often find it repulsive. While the average person has great difficulty ignoring hunger pains and avoiding food, the anorexic has difficulty fathoming consuming food.
December 04, 2013
For the health-conscious, collecting data for their own well-being has never been easier. There's a remarkable new generation of fitness devices and personal apps that allow users to track, crunch, and manage data about their health and habits. But there's a dark side to this data collection that so far has been little discussed and too often dismissed.
For people with eating disorders, the latest tech gadgets also make it easier than ever to obsess over issues like calories and body image behind a veneer of self-discipline and innocent health-consciousness.
December 02, 2013
Not all experts agree, but there are increasing signs that individuals can become addicted to food in a similar fashion to becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol. Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of health is exploring the addictive qualities of food in her research. Her team found that repeated exposure to foods known as hyperpalatables, fatty foods, sugary foods and salty foods that are often refined, rewire the brain’s rewards center. Eating large quantities of hyperpalatable foods reduces the number of receptors for dopamine (a reward/pleasure neurochemical). According to her team’s research, continued exposure to these foods can correlate with overeating and binge eating.
November 27, 2013
Every week, NPR’s radio show This America Life (known as TAL to its fans) focuses on new topics that relate to the American experience. The show is quite eclectic, topics range from portraits of Summer Camp counselors to gritty discussions about prison life. This month, the show’s host Ira Glass discussed a growing though seldom-discussed eating disorder known as orthorexia.
November 25, 2013
Ballet. Gymnastics. Swimming. Wrestling. Figure Skating. Competitive Horseback Riding. To this list of weight-obsessed athletics that pose a high risk for eating disorders, you can now add race car driving. In a brave and unexpected move, a number of Formula One Racers have recently come forward to speak honestly about the weight requirements they must meet just to be eligible to race and what these abnormal eating patterns have done to them.
On Twitter, driver Mark Webber said, “In a Twitter message, Webber, who retires at the end of the season, added: "Haven't eaten for last 5 years! Minimum weight has been too low for ages." He later removed the tweet because it seemed to make light of eating disorders. In a statement to the press, he added, “I have about six per cent body fat and I am on the limit in our car.”