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The world in weight: The weekly round-up

15th March 2008

The world in weight: The weekly round-up

A round-up of related topics in the news:

Adolescent girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to develop eating disorders than girls without ADHD, a new study has found. The findings have appeared in the current issue of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Related news story here.

The news story doesn’t go into much detail nor does it explain why the links found by researchers exist. But I’ve written before on the intersection of eating disorders and ADD/HD.

We all know eating disorders can strike boys and girls, men and women of all ages, but now the British Dietetic Association warns of increasing numbers of middle-aged women developing eating disorders to emulate youthful looking celebrities such as Madonna and Teri Hatcher – story here.

Professor Phillipa Hay from the University of Western Sydney, said the survey of 3,000 South Australians in 1995 and again in 2005 showed the number of older people with an eating disorder had increased over the past decade. She said rising public concern about obesity might be a factor.

Julie Thomson of the Butterfly Foundation said the celebrity-driven phenomenon of the yummy mummy and the pressure to return to pre-baby weight were driving women to go on fad or restrictive diets, leaving them at high risk of an eating disorder.

And lest you need any explanation of why my eating disorders awareness blog addresses issues of fat rights, see my emphasis above.

“Rexia” has become as much of a buzzword these days as characterizing every scandal with the suffix “gate.” Now the latest to join such terms as “wannarexia” is “drunkorexia,” in which those with an eating disorder try to fill empty stomachs with excessive amounts of alcohol. The disorder, which is thought to affect primarily college-aged women, is at first somewhat ironic given the high caloric count of most alcohol drinks. But experts say it appeals to some people because consuming large amounts of alcohol on an empty stomach results in rapid intoxication and makes it easier to purge later.

And on a lighter note, B & Lu co-owner Lucie Sholl appeared on TLC’s 10 Years Younger Friday to show two makeover subjects how they can appear younger and more stylish by dressing in figure-flattering styles. The article doesn’t make clear if the show also aired on Friday or if it will air later, so regular fans of the show will have to keep us posted.

If you’re not already an avid fan, B & Lu specializes in trendy fashions for women, sizes 14 – 30. The online store is owned by St. Paul-based sisters Chris and Lucie Sholl – for more on their boutique’s beginnings, read here.

And finally, the fatosphere’s Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby of The Rotund have sold their book proposal to Penguin Books imprint Perigee Books. The book, tentatively titled Screw Inner Beauty: How to Like the Body You’ve Got, may be available as soon as spring of 2009. Congrats to both Kate and Marianne!

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  1. 1 On March 16th, 2008, sara a. said:

    I just read what you had to say about the intersect between ADD/ADHD and eating disorders. I wanted to thank you because I came under so much flack from my family when I went off the alderol and the ritalin and started to gain weight. During the entire time I was on the meds, I would binge at night after they wore off. I was so hungry, and I felt so ashamed because I couldn’t control it. After I went off the meds, I stopped binging and started gaining weight by the bushel. When I was on them I was a size 12 which was apparently ok, but when I went off I ballooned up to an 18 and have pretty much stayed there ever since. I wish more people would talk about the effects of the drugs themselves on women and girls and their eating habits.

  2. 2 On March 16th, 2008, Rachel said:

    Adderall and Ritalin are both amphetamines, which also work to stem appetites. So, if you didn’t eat much while the medication was in effect, it stands to reason that your was crying out for food when the medication wore off and it realized it was hungry. This may also be why you stopped binging when you went off the meds – you probably fed your body regularly, so that your body didn’t feel the need to binge. And if you report no binging now, maybe a size 18 is your body’s natural set point range?

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