Saturday, January 30, 2010

NYT: New Rules Promise Better Mental Health Coverage

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration issued new rules on Friday that promise to improve insurance coverage of mental health care for more than 140 million people insured through their jobs.

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said the new rules guard against “needless or arbitrary limits.” 

In general, under the rules, employers and group health plans cannot provide less coverage for mental health care than for the treatment of physical conditions like cancer and heart disease.

Insurers cannot set higher co-payments and deductibles or stricter limits on treatment for mental illness and addiction disorders. Nor can they establish separate deductibles for mental health care and for the treatment of physical illnesses.

Read the rest of the article here

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CNN: How can eating disorders be diagnosed in a young child?

Asked by Julie, Inkom, Idaho

"Is there a way to diagnose eating disorders in small children? When should a parent be concerned?"

Eating disorders are most common in teenagers and young adults, however, they can also occur in younger children. To help answer your question, I consulted Sari Fine Shepphird, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and author of "100 Questions and Answers about Anorexia Nervosa."

Dr. Shepphird reports that although the majority of new cases of anorexia are diagnosed between the ages of 13 and 18, about 10 percent of patients with eating disorders show an onset of their symptoms before age 10, and eating disorders have been reported in children as young as 5. Recent studies show that it is increasingly common for young children to be on a diet and to express a fear of gaining weight and that even young kids may engage in unhealthy and potentially harmful diet behaviors such as excessive exercise, fasting and making themselves throw up.

While an otherwise healthy child's "picky eating" is likely just a phase that will go away, there are many signs that can signal a potential concern. These include the unhealthy behaviors listed above as well as unexpected changes in weight, a preoccupation with one's weight and "feeling fat," hoarding food and persistent refusal of all but a few types of food.

Certain feeding disorders of early childhood can look very similar to eating disorders, so it is essential to get an accurate diagnosis. Common feeding disorders in children according to Dr. Shepphird include pica (eating non-nutritive substances such as dirt, clay, paper or chalk), rumination disorder (regurgitating partially digested food before re-chewing the food or spitting it out), and failure to thrive (not growing and gaining weight at the rate expected for a child's age).

Parents who are concerned about nutrition, growth or a possible eating disorder in their child should consult with their pediatrician for an evaluation and further information or treatment if necessary.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Share Your Eating Disorders Insurance Stories

It’s Time to Talk About It!

Share your story and raise awareness about this common, and unconscionable, practice. Let others gain from your experience and help us to improve access to treatment.  For more information about how you can submit your story to our National Bank of Eating Disorders Insurance Stories that will be shared with our associated national organizations, contact

Friday, January 22, 2010

Jenny Kirk on Figure Skating's Eating Disorder Epidemic (Part I & II)

Both parts of National Chamption figure skater Jenny Kirk's interview with the Huffington Post are now online!  Click the title above to view the interview.

"The National Championship for Ladies Figure Skating kicks off Thursday night, and by Saturday judges will have selected the U.S. Olympic team for 2010.

"Yet beyond the bright lights of the competition, judges, coaches, competitors, and commentators are hiding a dirty secret few dare discuss or acknowledge.

"In this exclusive two-part interview, figure skater Jenny Kirk offers a rare, brave and compassionate insider perspective on an eating disorder crisis threatening the future of the sport."

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

For Bulimics and Anorexics, A Doctor Who Thinks Outside the Box by Mary Sornberger

Sornberger:  I’d like to reintroduce Dr. Robert McLean a graduate of Howard University’s College of Medicine with an undergraduate degree majoring in Physics form Dartmouth College. He has been practicing complimentary and alternative medicine for the past twenty years and has formed The Preventive Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia.

Sornberger: Dr. McLean continues to answer the question: What supplements would you prescribe to the anorexic or bulimic that has been prescribed Prozac or other antidepressants?

Dr. McLean: A very recent review in The Journal of the American Medical Association (1/6/10 issue of JAMA) of an analysis of the efficacy of antidepressant medication (including the SSRI class) suggests that while these medications have significant benefit in severe depression, there is little if any benefit, compared to placebo, in mild to moderate depression. Serotonin, however, is one of several neurotransmitters that regulate our mood, behavior, and mental function.

A better approach to increasing serotonin (and other neurotransmitters) rather than interfering with its reuptake is, I think, to supply the body with the right precursor molecules to produce more of what is needed.

In the case of the neurotransmitters there are amino acids as well as other nutrients which are needed to produce the end products. Unfortunately, in anorexia and bulimia, we are cutting off the production by reducing the supply of nutrients.

Sornberger: What other supplements would you suggest for the treatment of anorexia or bulimia?

Dr. McLean: In addition to amino acids, there are B vitamins, minerals such as magnesium, zinc, and chromium, and essential fatty acids that play critical roles in glucose and carbohydrate metabolism.

Sornberger: How would you approach treating bulimia and anorexia?

Dr. McLean: My approach would be to do an analysis of nutritional deficiencies, in particular an analysis and correction of amino acid deficiencies and imbalances. There are many supplements which enhance brain, mood, and neurologic function.

In addition, toxins and food sensitivities and intolerances can have profound influences on our health and mental state.

Hormonal imbalances can also be involved.

While there is no doubt, psychological issues may need to be addressed; however, we need to do everything possible to produce good physical health.

Sornberger: Are you aware of research into the benefits of supplements as compared to drugs?

Dr. McLean: Most research in this country has been done to show the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical medications, which are then marketed for great profit. Supplements, however, are increasingly finding their way into mainstream use as more studies have substantiated their benefit.

Fiber, probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids, and most recently vitamin D are a few examples of substances and supplements that have been embraced by mainstream medicine.

Sornberger: Would you like to add anything more about preventative medicine and the American health care system?

Dr. McLean: The American health care system is considered by many to deliver the best quality of care in the world, yet our outcomes in terms of chronic diseases and life expectancy are far from the best. In terms of cost, it is unsustainable.

We are currently in the process of reforming our health care system. Unless we can reform our personal attitudes toward health, however, and shift the paradigm from simply treating disease after it develops, our efforts will not be successful.

If individuals take more responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention, and government supports this effort instead of promoting more pharmaceutical dependence, our outcomes in terms of health and the cost of health care delivery will improve.

Sornberger:  Thank you Dr. McLean for sharing your knowledge on the difficult topic of how to best treat eating disorders.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

NTY: Narrowing an Eating Disorder By ABBY ELLIN

The year was 1988, and I was a college student on my junior year abroad, traveling aimlessly through the Middle East and Europe. My backpack was crammed with shorts and T-shirts, bathing suits and sarongs, my Walkman and Grateful Dead tapes. And oh, yes, a scale, buried deep beneath layers of socks. Having been a chubby adolescent — and having spent six summers at fat camp — I was terrified of gaining weight.

Unfortunately, nothing gave me as much pleasure as eating, which I did with abandon.

To maintain some semblance of control, I divided my eating into Food Days and Nonfood Days: that is, days when I consumed vast amounts, and days when I policed my caloric intake with military precision. The routine kept my weight in check, more or less. Never mind that it was insane.

No one at my college health center knew what to do with me. Clearly, I wasn’t anorexic; I was slightly round, in fact. I didn’t purge, so bulimia was out. To my distress, the counselors told me there was nothing they could do for me and sent me on my way.

Today, I would probably qualify for a diagnosis of “eating disorder not otherwise specified,” usually known by its acronym, Ednos. In the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, it encompasses virtually every type of eating problem that is not anorexia or bulimia.

Though its name is less familiar, it is diagnosed more often than those two disorders — in 4 percent of American women each year, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. (The association does not have statistics on men.) Subsets of Ednos include binge eating disorder, purging disorder, night eating syndrome, chewing and spitting out food, and even picky eating.

But the diagnosis baffles many clinicians, who call it ambiguous, vague and unwieldy. And so the American Psychiatric Association is overhauling its definition of Ednos for the next edition of the diagnostic manual, known as D.S.M.-5, to be published in 2013.

“The consensus is that Ednos is ‘too big,’ meaning it is being used more frequently than is desirable, as that label does not convey much specific information,” said Dr. B. Timothy Walsh, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia who is chairman of the eating disorders work group for the new manual.

Dr. Walsh said the panel was “considering a range of ways to reduce the frequency with which that very broad category is used.” For now, though, Ednos remains the nation’s the most common eating disorder. A September 2009 study in The International Journal of Eating Disorders found that Ednos was often a way station between an eating disorder and recovery or, less commonly, from recovery to a full-blown eating disorder.

While traveling with a scale in your backpack is not one of the criteria, preoccupation with weight and food is. So are severe chronic dieting, frequent overeating, night eating syndrome, purging disorder and possibly compulsive exercising. If that sounds a little vague — find me one woman who isn’t preoccupied with her body size — psychologists make a distinction.

“The eating has to be disordered in some way, as does the behavior relating to eating,” said Ruth H. Striegel-Moore, a professor of psychology at Montana State University. “Also, it has to lead to some kind of impairment. For instance, some women will not go to parties because they’re worried about eating.

“If you’re restricting yourself so much that it affects your work negatively, you would meet the criteria for Ednos.”

Even so, many clinicians say the diagnosis is just too roomy.

“One of the difficulties with Ednos is that there’s a lot of diversity within that category,” said Craig Johnson, director of the eating disorders program at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. “Because there are different presentations that not all clinicians are familiar with, there’s a risk that people who have disordered eating who could benefit from clinical attention won’t know that they have a problem.”

Indeed, one reason the panel wants to change the guidelines is to help patients with eating problems recognize them even if they do not exhibit any of the traditional symptoms.

Kris Shock, for example, used laxatives and restricted her food for years, but she never threw up or binged, and her weight was average. She did not seek psychiatric help for what she and her husband called her “eating problem” until age 31, when she became addicted to the diet pill ephedra, she said in a recent interview.

Now 37 and the director of a child care center in Atlanta, Ms. Shock said that when she finally got her diagnosis of Ednos, “it was like, ‘Ah, I am sick enough to get help and have the recovery experience.’ ”

Most health insurance policies do not cover Ednos. (Ms. Shock refinanced her home to pay for her week-and-a-half-long stay at a residential treatment center.) Yet people with it are at risk for many of the same medical problems that afflict anorexics or bulimics, including osteoporosis, heart attacks, hormone imbalance and even death. A study in the Oct. 15 issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry reported that the mortality rate associated with Ednos exceeded that for anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
With that in mind, many doctors blur the diagnostic lines just so their patients can get insurance coverage. A chewer and spitter might be classified as bulimic, Dr. Striegel-Moore said; an almost-anorexic would fall under binge eating disorder.

Clinicians say patients like these often need to feel they have a “real” eating disorder.

“A lot of patients feel this stigma if they know they’re diagnosed with Ednos: ‘Obviously, I’m not good enough to be anorexic,’ ” said Nicole Hawkins, director of clinical services at Center for Change, an eating disorder treatment center in Orem, Utah. “I’ve had many patients feel that they need to lose more weight so they lose their period so they can change the diagnosis. Patients really feel they have to get ‘better’ at their eating disorder to deserve treatment.”

That is how Stacey Taylor felt. Ms. Taylor, 26, a prekindergarten teacher in Alexandria, La., said she had been dieting since age 7; at 16, she lost 70 pounds, and from then until age 25 she purged and abused diet pills, diuretics and laxatives. Although she vomited 3 to 11 times a day, she was never classified as bulimic because she did not binge, and her weight was never low enough to be anorexic.

“The doctors would look at me and say, ‘You don’t look like you have an eating disorder — go home and get something to eat,’ ” she recalled, adding that she didn’t think she was “sick enough” to need help, either.

Some doctors say weight requirements should be eliminated for all eating disorders in the new diagnostic manual. Deb Burgard, an eating disorder specialist in Los Altos, Calif., notes that people of any weight and body mass index may binge, purge or diet excessively.

“I have worked with plenty of restricting average-sized and fat patients who really should be diagnosed with anorexia nervosa,” said Dr. Burgard, a founder of Health at Every Size, an approach that focuses on health rather than weight. “But there is confusion based on the current D.S.M. whether they meet the criteria for the diagnosis if they are not at a low B.M.I. — even if their current weight is extremely low for them individually and they’re showing signs of starvation.”

Perhaps the most difficult part of treating Ednos is that “normal” eating is such an elusive concept. Thinness tends to be the ideal, no matter what lengths people go to get there.

“What Ednos really demonstrates,” said Dr. Johnson, at Laureate in Tulsa, “is that we don’t have empirically derived diagnoses in psychiatry.

“Think about the diagnosis of depression. When does someone have a clinical syndrome versus a mood fluctuation? At what point should it be regarded as a condition that needs treatment? When you talk about food habits, it becomes extraordinarily complicated, because everybody has a relationship with food, and it’s usually a somewhat complicated one."

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Challenge Yourself! Operation Beautiful

This month, I can challenging myself and each of you to participate in Operation Beautiful.  You can participate by leaving an anonymous note for another woman.

Operation Beautiful is simple: all you need is a pen and a piece of paper.

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From the creater, Caitlin:  "One of my biggest personal crusades is ending Fat Talk. If my little blog only does one productive thing, I hope it helps readers realize how truly toxic fat talk is — it hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically. I want to reach as many people as possible with my End the Fat Talk message. If you’ve never read my Fat Talk page, check it out here on Healthy Tipping Point."

"Recently, I stumbled upon the Gives Me Hope website, and I was inspired to start my own random act of kindness crusade — Operation Beautiful.

"I’ve begun leaving positive messages on the mirrors of public restrooms — at work, at the gym, at the grocery store. I scribble down whatever comes to mind — 'You are beautiful!' or 'You are amazing just the way you are!'

"My goal is to leave as many Operation Beautiful notes as I can. Maybe some people read them and just smile, but I bet some people are truly touched by the effort of a random stranger.

"If you want to join the mission, send me an e-mail at with a photograph of your Operation Beautiful note or a description of your experience, and I’ll post it on my blog and on this page! If you’d like to be considered for the upcoming Operation Beautiful book, check out the Submissions page."

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Treatments for Binge Eating: New Trials Give Reason for Hope

The new and improved versions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) are Transdiagnostic CBT and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Until recently, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been considered the most effective treatment in helping binge eaters overcome their eating disorders.

According to the Mayo Clinic, CBT is “…a type of talk therapy…[CBT] helps you identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones….based on the idea that your own thoughts — not other people or situations — determine how you behave.”

A study of Transdiagnostic CBT was published in The American Journal of Psychiatry in 2008 and was conducted by Christopher G. Fairburn, D.M., F. Med. Sci. and his colleagues. The study states, “Despite its [EDNOS] prevalence, there have been no studies of the treatment of ‘eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).’” This is unbelievable that there have been absolutely NO studies that include EDNOS: binge eating falls into this category as I reported in my last piece. So now we’re getting somewhere.

In the study, two different types of CBT were administered to adult outpatients. In fact,’s Joye C Anestis, M. S., looked into this study and explains the two types of CBT. One was, she writes “a form [of CBT] which focuses exclusively on the eating disorder and [the other] a broad form which addresses….self-esteem, perfectionism, interpersonal problems and mood intolerance.”

The doctors determined that “both Transdiagnostic treatments appear to be suitable for the majority of out-patients with an eating disorder.” More study needs to be done, but that binge eating patients were included for the first time in a trial is a start. That should have happened long ago.

Moreover, the other form of CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Michael D Anestis, M.S. also of claims, “Is the most fulfilling approach to therapy in which I have been trained. I cherish the experiences I’ve had co-leading skills groups.”

A study just published in “Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention” Michael Anestis explained that “…protocol was referred to as DBT-informed.” It consisted of, “twice weekly DBT skills training… weekly group sessions involving motivation and commitment, goal setting, and behavioral chain analysis….daily diary cards…weekly yoga and a ‘DBT-in-action’ group that promoted the practice of DBT skills…. taught clients healthy eating practices.”

DBT skills include mindfulness training. I could use more practice being mindful and calm and many of the other skills taught in this trial.

Again, Michael Anestis concluded that “Although more research on the use of DBT in eating disorders in general and BN and BED in particular is necessary, all of the research to date supports this approach as an efficacious treatment.”


Binge Eating: Why an Official Diagnosis Is Crucial

“A half-gallon of ice cream was only the beginning. I was capable of consuming 3,000 calories at a sitting. Many mornings I awakened to find partly chewed food still in my mouth….My despair was profound, and one night in the midst of a binge I became suicidal. I had lost control of my eating; it was controlling me, and I couldn’t go on living that way.” Reporter Jane Brody described her binge eating experience in an article for The New York Times.

According to National Institute of Mental Health, binge eating affects from 2 to 5 percent of the population, more than anorexia and bulimia combined. Yet it does not have a formal diagnosis. How can the medical community find treatments for binge eating if it is not elevated to at least the status of a disorder?

In fact, in an article written by Melissa Healy in, the author of “Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop,” researcher and eating disorder specialist, Cynthia Bulik Ph.D., claimed the medical community won’t produce the studies to discover the genetic components of binge eating and therapy won’t be covered if we don’t have a firm definition of binge eating. Definitions are serious business in the medical world.

Even though, it is not officially considered a disorder there is a Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). On their website,, they list binge eating as one of the leading causes of obesity with a plethora of complications including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, gallbladder disease, heart disease, certain types of cancer, osteoarthritis, joint and muscle pain, gastrointestinal problems, depression, anxiety and sleep apnea.

Sounds serious, but in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), binge eating is now listed as an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).

Furthermore, Michael D Anestis, M.S of writes that “…between 50 to 70 percent of eating disorder diagnoses are EDNOS.”  Explaining why this is a bad idea he said, “…knowing that somebody has EDNOS tells us very little about… what symptoms are causing them distress and/or impairment.” However, Anestis states “… this diagnosis [EDNOS] is…what we are most likely to see listed in the case file.”

Just imagine, you’ve spent the night binging. You feel like you’re going to die so you call 911. By the time the EMTs arrive you’ve passed out. They rush you to the Emergency Room of your hospital and when the ER doctor opens your medical file, he sees the diagnosis of “eating disorder not otherwise specified.” What does that tell the doctor and how will the doctor begin to know how to effectively treat you?

According to Anestis there is hope. Several researchers are working to group together eating disorders with similar symptoms so that there will be less EDNOS diagnoses and a clearer explanation of what the patient is actually suffering from.

Hopefully, placing larger numbers of patients in official eating disorder categories may prompt additional financial coverage and, as importantly, the further studies needed to find effective treatments for the victims who suffer from eating disorders.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Full Disclosure with my Readers

Just wanted to give you all a heads up about how I select books for review here on the SJANAD blog. 

I will ALWAYS specify if a book has been given to me as a review copy by the publisher.  I just began requesting books from publishers, and thus far all the books I have received have been per my request.  If that ever changes, and I get so lucky as to be given a book without first soliciting it, I will let you know.

The new links in my posts to purchase the books were put there by me as part of the Amazon Affiliates program.  That means if you purchase the book by clicking through to Amazon with my link, I will receive a small portion of the sale price (about 4%) which I put back into my account for ANAD mailings. 

Upcoming Book Review: Abject Relations: Everyday Worlds of Anorexia by Megan Warin

Thank you to Rutgers University Press for supplying me with a review copy of Megan Warin's new book, Abject Relations: Everyday Worlds of Anorexia (Studies in Medical Anthropology)!

I started reading it last night.  The preface totally hooked me, and I'm looking forward to reading more tonight! 

Amazon Description
Abject Relations presents an alternative approach to anorexia, through detailed ethnographic investigations. Megan Warin looks at the heart of what it means to live with anorexia on a daily basis. Unraveling anorexia’s complex relationships and contradictions, Warin provides a new theoretical perspective rooted in a socio-cultural context of bodies and gender. Abject Relations departs from conventional psychotherapy approaches and offers a different “logic” one that involves the shifting forces of power, disgust, and desire.

Size Ate: One Woman's Search for the Perfect Fit

This landed in my in-box this week and might be of interest to some of you.  I have not seen this play, but hope it comes to Philly so I can check it out. - Kelly

You are cordially invited to attend a performance of

Size Ate: One Woman's Search for the Perfect Fit

the Poignant yet "Pee-in-Your-Pants Funny" Award-Winning Show
About Eating Disorders and Body Image

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 212.352.3101.

Tickets are $20, $15 with a student I.D.

Performance Dates:  New York City
Thursday, January 14, 7pm
Friday, January 15, 2pm
Friday, January 15, 8pm
Saturday, January 16, 3pm
Saturday, January 16, 8pm

@ the wild project
195 East 3rd Street between Avenues A and B

Margaux Laskey's autobiographical, award-winning one-woman show SIZE ATE: one woman's search for the perfect fit returns to the NYC stage at the Wild Project for a limited engagement, January 14-16, 2010. A refreshing response to every January 2010 magazine cover that shouts "New Year, New You!", SIZE ATE chronicles Margaux Laskey's harrowing yet humorous struggles with body and food issues, and her journey towards self-acceptance at any size. Not just for women or "eating disordered" individuals, SIZE ATE explores the universal themes of obsession, addiction, redemption and recovery through humor, drama, song and imagery. Like the Dove billboard girls and plus-size model Crystal Renn's recently-released autobiography Hungry, Margaux Laskey's SIZE ATE offers a counter voice to the thin obsessed - people like the designer Ralph Lauren who fired Fillippa Hamilton, a 5'10" 120 pound model because she's "fat" and the supermodel Kate Moss who recently quipped, "Nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels."

SIZE ATE premiered in NYC in November 2005, and won the 2006 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. Since then, Laskey, a recovering anorexic and compulsive dieter, has been performing the show at colleges and conferences - including Columbia University, Barnard College, Pace, and SUNY New Paltz - as an alternative and entertaining outreach tool.

Most shows will include a brief post-show discussion with special guests including Susan Weiss Berry, the owner/director of Evolved Eating and an expert in the fields of Eating Disorders, Emotional Eating and Mindfulness.

For more information and to view clips of the show @

Buy tickets to the January NYC show!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Upcoming Book Review: Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield

I have great news for you all!  I was selected to receive a review copy of a new graphic novel exploring one woman's struggle with her eating disorder.  The novel is called Tyranny, and hopefully my copy should be arrving soon.  I can't wait to read it and share my review with you.

Publisher Information on Tyranny

Product Description - Amazon

In Tyranny, brisk, spare text and illustrations that deal head-on with anorexia propel the reader along on Anna’s journey as she falls prey to the eating disorder, personified as her tormentor, Tyranny.

The novel starts with a single question: “How did I get here?” The answer lies in the pages that follow, and it’s far from simple. Pressured by media, friends, the workplace, personal relationships, and fashion trends, Anna descends into a seemingly unending cycle of misery. And whenever she tries to climb out of the abyss, her own personal demon, Tyranny, is there to push her back in. The contest seems uneven, and it might be except for one thing: Anna’s strength of character has given rise to her deadly enemy. Ironically, it is that same strength of character that has the ultimate power to save her from the ravages of Tyranny.

Brilliantly and realistically presented, Tyranny is a must-read for anyone looking for a better understanding of eating disorders and for everyone looking for a compelling page-turner that is truly a story of triumph and hope.

About the Author

Lesley Fairfield is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in illustration. Her work appears in many children’s books. Lesley’s personal thirty-year struggle with anorexia and bulimia has informed her work concerning body image, which has appeared in “Dance in Canada” magazine and in York University’s International Women’s Studies Journal.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Health Body Weights and Body Fat Levels Strengthen Bones

"The researchers, from Bristol University, looked at more than 4,000 young people aged 15, using scanning techniques that calculated the shape and density of their bones, as well as how much body fat they had.

"Those with higher levels of fat tended to have larger and thicker bones. It has long been known that the amount of muscle in the body is related to bone growth, but the findings show the role that fat plays.

"In girls, an 11lb (5kg) increase in fat mass was associated with an 8 per cent increase in the circumference of the tibia (lower leg bone). As girls tend to have higher levels of fat than boys, even when they are of normal weight, the findings suggest that fat plays an important role in female bone development, with the positive influence about 70 per cent greater in girls."

Monday, January 4, 2010

Home for the Holidays: A FREE Workshop for Those in Recovery

Happy New Year!

Home for the Holidays:  Shine Your Light

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A FREE Workshop for Those Recovering from an Eating Disorder

Topics include:
Eating Challenges During the Holidays
How to Alleviate Holiday Stress and Pressure
Taking Responsibility for Your Own Health and Recovery
Survival Strategies to Stay Focused on Your Recovery
Creating and Sustaining Relationships at Home, Work, & School

Workshop at Non-Residential Sites (except Florida - see information for the Florida workshop below*)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Workshop Locations Include:
Radnor, PA • New York • New Jersey • Connecticut • North Carolina • Tennessee • Texas • Maryland

Click here to register for the Workshop at the Non-Residential Sites (except Florida).

Workshop at Florida Site*
Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Click here to register for the Workshop at the Florida site.

For more information, please call Jenna Hoskinson at 1-877-367-3383, ext. 3246 or

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Colleges see more serious psychological problems

Stress from the economic downturn, trouble coping with the transition to college, and general depression and anxiety appear to be hitting college students at rates never seen before on U.S. campuses.

College counseling centers are also seeing many more students with complex mental illnesses, such as clinical depression and bipolar disorder, center directors say.

In 1988, 58 percent of counseling directors nationwide reported seeing students with significant psychological problems, according to a survey conducted by Robert Gallagher of the University of Pittsburgh.

Over the past 10 years, more than 90 percent of directors reported seeing such students, with 93.4 percent this year, Gallagher wrote. Areas of concern include depression, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and self-mutilation.