When the originally-named Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT) was founded in the early 2000’s by Dr. Ovidio Bermudez of Vanderbilt University (at that time; now with the Eating Recovery Center of Denver, CO), Reba Sloan, R.D., now-deceased Karen Silien, psychologist, and Nan Allison, R.D., among others, its stated mission was to create awareness andRead More
Bingeing at Night: A Hormonal Habit?
A recent article in the NY Times reviewed a scientific article in the December issue of the International Journal of Obesity that reinforced what many fitness and wellness professionals suspected: that nighttime binge eating may be more than habitual; it may be hormonal. The article suggested that obese people who binge eat – not all do, one mightRead More
Deflection Points: When Behavioral Eating Can Be Fatal!!!
How’s that for a headline? Grabs your attention, don’t it? But that’s how mass media, especially on line media, operates: it tries to grab eyeballs. Even researchers do so by titling their articles accordingly – either catchy, kitschy or catastrophically. But if you read them carefully, you will often see the big clue that it’sRead More
Does Looking at Thin Make You Feel Fat?
The Super Bowl is over – Fly EAGLES Fly! – but the effects of all those unhealthy snacks and drinks may last for a few more days or weeks. So it is with us Americans – we tend to live between holidays in a state of regret and shame. To make matters worse, we positionRead More
Part 2: Sane Weight Loss: The 2/3 Diet
In Part 1 of this two part series, I discussed the two articles on dieting and my experience speaking with professionals who help those with eating disorders resume/restore a healthy/healthier relationship with food…and exercise. I wrote about how difficult it is to lose weight for those who are overweight, and how challenging it is for eatingRead More
Eating Disorders May Arise from Parental Comments about Weight
A NYT article came out recently summarizing a study of 500 women and their experiences as young girls when it came to weight and parental comments about it (the link to the article is embedded): Parents Should Avoid Comments on a Child’s Weight Then, in a running and fitness newsletter, one of theRead More
on wt loss, eating disorders and reality
How presumptuous is it for anyone to declare ‘reality’ in the context of weight loss and eating disorders (ED)? Well, let me answer by sharing my philosophy first, my reasoning second, and reality third. Philosophically, it seems to me that the basic laws of physics are currently immutable. That is, the old saw – caloriesRead More
Real Costs of Obesity
This chart, from the McKinsey Quarterly, a free, on-line business resource, demonstrates the real and devastating costs of obesity in america. as the article points out, these costs are rising world-wide: http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/newsletters/chartfocus/2011_01.htm I have written much on obesity, some to the dismay of my colleagues with the EDCT. nonetheless, since each person’s weight issue isRead More