March 31st, 2005

umm, hewwo?!

Prevention of eating disorders.

This kind of goes along with conceptualised's entry about EDs/parenthood.

I have a three year old sister, Allison, whom I adore to death. I don't want her to go through anything that I've been through -anything that you've been through- and I'm hellbent on keeping her out of the shadows & making her feel beautiful.

Thing is, I just don't know how. Does anyone have any prevention articles I could read? I thought about making her a tape of aspirations to play at bedtime(when she finally sleeps in her own bed), but is that going over the top?

I just want my baby sister to be safe & healthy, and to feel as beautiful as she already is..& will be. ♥


Thanks so much for any help!

Not the most intellectual post

Mary-Kate Olsen as an icon for pro-ana teenagers seems funny to me. Is it even confirmed she has ed? Maybe I am petty and conspiratorial but I think that it is possible she is suffering from drug problems but used anorexia as a cover-up because society is more accepting of good little girls starving themselves than getting high. Which brings me to my question - has anyone blamed drug-related stuff on ed (or vice versa to cover up having the ed)?

mixed messages of American culture

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6498304/
http://www2.victoriassecret.com/html/popup/ipex/ipex.html



The above links are to websites that showcase two new products that were recently released onto the American market. I thought it was kind of humorous to juxtapose them because of the seemingly contradicting values they represent.

Go to the links now so you can better understand the following:

now imagine you're watching TV, and a Hardee's commercial, advertising their latest 1400 calorie burger, comes on. wouldn't it be hilarious if the IPEX one came on next?

but in all seriousness now, it is no wonder that Americans are having so many issues when it comes to food and weight nowadays.




(mods- I don't know if this post is completely legal, so delete it if I'm in violation)

ALL TOO WEIRD QUESTION

Alright, now this is weird. I do smoke when i am hungry. It takes my mind off the hunger and kind of subsides it. But, it also make me have to go #2 or at least I get some gas. Do those of you who smoke have the same reaction to smoking. Is this normal or am I just weird. Why would it make my body react in this sort of way.
I dont know why I would have to go #2 when I havent even eaten anything, just from a cig. Is my body messed up or something.


(Wow, that was kind of embarrasing. And it is really embarrasing when I am over at someones house and I have this happen.)

(no subject)

In light of the recurring debate about ED nosology (diagnostic criteria), this article was quite interesting:

An Empirical Study of the Classification of Eating Disorders
Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P., and Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.
http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/157/6/886

It highlights the continual quest to improve diagnostic criteria and to make them more scientifically valid.

Here was the conclusion/summary"

"Conclusions

These findings support the existence of three general classes of disordered eating behavior. These classes broadly resemble current classifications of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. Three additional atypical classes were also identified that may to some extent represent individuals at risk for the subsequent development of clinical eating disorders. The data also support the continued evaluation of diagnostic criteria such as amenorrhea and body image distortion for anorexia nervosa and a sense of loss of control during binging for both bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. As only a small proportion of women with eating disorders ever seek treatment (12, 13), clinical samples only allow us to investigate a very select portion of the population of afflicted individuals. Community studies such as this are therefore preferred when addressing etiological factors or typology, and they allow us to view the disorders as they occur naturally in the population."


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