In any case, noninvasive brain stimulation techniques are not ready yet to treat eating disorders, and should not be seen as a cure-all for these complex problems if they ever do reach patients, Hall said. "Instead, they might be very useful components to more comprehensive treatment packages when used very strategically," he said. … [Read more...] about Could Brain Stimulation Fight Obesity?
The breath analysis revealed that two compounds, indole and 2-methyl-pentadecane, were present in significantly higher levels in the breath of participants following the stressful session. Additionally, four compounds were found in smaller amounts after the stressful test. … [Read more...] about Stressed? It May Show in Your Breath
After one 42-year-old woman received the electrical stimulation, called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), as a treatment for her depression, and showed an unexpected recovery from her 20-year battle against bulimia nervosa, her doctors conducted a pilot study to see whether the treatment would also work for other patients with eating disorders, said Dr. Jonathan Downar, of the University of Toronto. Downar described the study Tuesday (Nov. 12) here at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. … [Read more...] about Brain Stimulation May Treat Bulimia
Barbie has been blamed for a variety of social ills. Time magazine columnist Amy Dickinson claimed in 2000 that "Women my age know whom to blame for our own self-loathing, eating disorders and distorted body image: Barbie." In her feminist best-seller The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf bashes Barbie, and views the doll as an imaginary "ideal" woman. Boston College sociology professor Sharlene Hesse-Biber also believes that Barbie "is the perfect figure presented to little girls as 'ideal.'" The claim is echoed in hundreds of books, Web sites, magazine articles, and television programs. … [Read more...] about Voice of Reason: Research Debunks ‘Barbie Ideal’
The efforts to curb anorexia are well-intentioned but often misguided. Deaths from anorexia are very rare, even in the fashion world. Models are in far greater danger of being killed in a car driving to the fashion show than dying of anorexia. Though anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disease, only one-half of one percent of anorexics die from it each year, and many of those deaths are actually suicides. … [Read more...] about Real Problems Hidden Behind Thin Fashion Models