Recently there has been increased concern over hundreds of "pro-eating disorder" Web sites that provide "thinspiration" to legions of young women who want to become stick-thin. These sites provide an online community to swap tips on how to fast, disguise disordered eating, and generally "encourage" anorexia (though people don't really need to look far for information on dieting tips or how not to eat). … [Read more...] about Thinspiration: Do Web Sites Encourage Anorexia?
Just before Christmas, however, a team of British researchers announced that many young girls mutilate and torture their Barbie dolls. According to University of Bath researcher Agnes Nairn, "the girls we spoke to see Barbie torture as a legitimate play activity....The types of mutilation are varied and creative, and range from removing the hair to decapitation, burning, breaking, and even microwaving." The reason, Nairn said, was that girls saw Barbie as childish, an inanimate object instead of a treasured toy. … [Read more...] about Voice of Reason: Research Debunks ‘Barbie Ideal’
There is no way to physically "screen" models for anorexia. Instead, the women would be asked a series of questions, which—like drug use or any other topic the model may not want to admit to—could be easily evaded. It is possible to determine if the models are malnourished, but that doesn't settle the issue. While thinness is often associated with malnutrition, many thin (even anorexic) people are properly nourished—and even obese people can be malnourished. … [Read more...] about Real Problems Hidden Behind Thin Fashion Models
PTSD is an anxiety disorder triggered by exposure to a traumatic event, and its symptoms are fairly well-defined and treatable, Edmondson said. Patients with PTSD commonly have persistent nightmares, avoid reminders of the traumatic event and suffer from an elevated heart rate and high blood pressure. … [Read more...] about 1 in 4 Stroke Survivors Develops PTSD, Study Finds
"Even though language is processed largely on the left side of the human brain, people don't speak with only one half of their mouth. The brain must contain circuits which take information from the left or right and then send it on to targets on both sides of the body," Wilson said. … [Read more...] about Brains Wired to Tell Left from Right