carnival of eating disorders #8

welcome to this month’s edition of the carnival of eating disorders!

what are blog carnivals? they are like a readers digest of articles on just about any topic under the sun. imagine this one as a parade of blog posts – all about eating disorders.

anorexia in the media
at are you eating with your anorexic?, laura collins talks about how old, and damaging, ideas about eating disorders are recycled in the popular press. her article has the great title, man bites dog. anorexic bites burger. stop the presses!

bulimia of a different kind
trisha gura discusses something that isn’t talked about very often: chewing and spitting: having your cake and eating it too? in listing the dangers of doing this, she explains

the body reacts in unforeseen ways to continual chewing and spitting. seeing, smelling, hearing about and even the hint of food can trigger the release of insulin. this hormone regulates blood sugar and is a major player in diabetes. tasting food releases salivary enzymes and also triggers the release of insulin. excess insulin is a dieter’s worst nightmare, because the hormone stirs appetite, making a person feel hungrier

food diaries
keeping a food diary can be a very useful tool. chad sutton presents how to keep a food diary at his blog talkpsych.

at you can find more information on food diaries, including a daily page you can print out for your own use.

in second generation of nutrigenomics products – what to expect? at eye on DNA, rachel c. dechenne states that these products are “going to change the face of the functional food industry, providing it with the “scientific foundations” for its wider ambitions.” she adds that her concern

is that almost no research has been done on the broad societal implications of this type of nutrigenomics-developed products including their impacts on consumer’s perception of official dietary patterns. what about its impact on captive audience in lower socio-economic population in the north and in emerging countries? will they being able to buy these new superfoods? would this bring a more fatalistic attitude towards eating unhealthy food?

overeating – physical or emotional?
over at the fit shack, jolynn braley asks overeating – is it emotional or physical? she says

i’ve experienced a great reduction in the desire to eat over emotions when i’ve eliminated processed, sugared, foods from my diet. this leads to the question of whether emotional eating is purely emotional, or fuelled by physical cravings (food addiction).

that concludes this edition. submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of eating disorders using our carnival submission form. we’ll take a break in august and will be back on september 30, 2007!

isabella mori
counselling in vancouver

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