[P]eople coping with BDD seek out in particular plastic surgeons, orthodontists and aesthetic professionals to alleviate their suffering. “However, what they really need is psychological support and assistance…”
Less birth control, more unwanted pregnancies–so says a study of obesity and sex.
Unplanned pregnancies were four times higher among single obese women…Obese women were 70% less likely to use birth control pills and eight times more likely to use less effective methods, such as withdrawal….
NYT (again): Exploring the Links Between Depression and Weight Gain.
In a society enamored with thinness, many assume that being fat is depressing — that if there is a cause and effect relationship, it’s obesity that makes people feel down. But “there is an alternative explanation,” said Belinda L. Needham, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, “and that is that being depressed actually makes you gain weight.”
Another set of three articles–ultrasounds, waistbands, and parenting–related by being a little more interesting than the others coming up in Google Reader right now:
PsychCentral again: Brain Changes with Anorexia Can Be Reversed.
[With anorexia,] the excessive weight loss occurs from all human tissues, including the brain. A new study discovers that with appropriate treatment, adult brain volume can be regained.
Studies show a connection between obesity and dementia, reports Olivia Judson in the NYT:
In the United States today, around one-third of adults are obese. At the same time, dementia is already one of the most costly and devastating health problems of old age. The possibility that obesity today will lead to higher rates of dementia in the future is, therefore, deeply alarming.
A study finds a genetic link between stress, obesity, and diabetes.
‘We showed that the actions of single gene in just one part of the brain can have profound effects on the metabolism of the whole body,’ says Chen. This mechanism, which appears to be a ‘smoking gun’ tying stress levels to metabolic disease, might, in the future, point the way toward the treatment or prevention of a number of stress-related diseases.
Research gathered for an NYT article, Weighing the Evidence on Exercise.
The newest science suggests that exercise alone will not make you thin, but it may determine whether you stay thin, if you can achieve that state.
A study reported at PsychCentral used CBT and bibliotherapy (“read this”) to help reduce binge eating with good results.
[Participants were] asked to read the book Overcoming Binge Eating by Dr. Christopher Fairburn…The book details scientific information about binge eating and then outlines a six-step self-help program using self-monitoring, self-control and problem-solving strategies.
Participants in the study attended eight therapy sessions over the course of 12 weeks in which counselors explained the rationale for cognitive behavioral therapy and helped participants apply the strategies in the book.
Posted at PsychCentral, Drug, Food Addiction Share Common Source:
A new study shows that the same molecular mechanisms that drive an individual into drug addiction are behind the compulsion to overeat, pushing an individual into obesity.
An individual rat, at least.