Here’s a sampling of F-words related headlines making the news. Many have been taken from the-F-word’s Twitter feed, which if you haven’t noticed in the new sidebar to the right, lists links and articles that don’t make the blog.
By the Numbers
In a truly horrifying story coming from Las Vegas, a father chained his 15-year-old daughter to her bed to stop her from eating and beat her all because he felt that she was overweight. He’s since been arrested and the girl is undergoing hospital care.
More evidence has surfaced supporting the overall ineffectiveness of dieting in healthy weight management. A two-year study of 225 overweight women conducted by a New Zealand university found that people who had followed a program of yoga and meditation lost more weight and kept it off more successfully than did people who followed a program of diet and exercise.
Most diet plans are ineffective in general, but Newsweek takes a look at the six worst diet scams and fads to hit the market this year.
We all seem to know one — someone who can frustratingly eat whatever and how much they want and never seem to gain weight. Inspired by a 1967 study of prison inmates, a group of researchers from the UK set to find out the degree to which fatness is genetically-determined. Their results may surprise you or at the very least, challenge some of your thinking about how our bodies metabolize and store fat.
The Florida Marlins are looking again for plus-sized male cheerleaders to join its Marlins Manatees squad. Is this fat-positive or just exploitive? You decide.
British mom Julie Lou Weston overcame her struggles with bulimia and negative body image and says she now embraces her (British) size 22 curves. Last year, she started her own company, Goddess Photography, aimed at giving women more confidence about their bodies, regardless of their size and shape. She’s also set up an organization called Curvaceous to help women love their figures. Read Julie’s story and watch a video with her here.
New research shows that medication and psychotherapy might be beneficial for people with body dysmorphic disorder. The study, published in the Cochrane Review, found both approaches to have positive results, but says that more research is needed given the dearth of research on this condition.
Do foodies have a form of an eating disorder? Some Swiss doctors insist “gourmand syndrome” to be very real indeed.
Cutting goes hand-in-hand with an eating disorder for many sufferers, but despite accounts of self-harm appearing centuries ago, not much is known about this baffling condition. Newsweek takes a look at the history of self-harm and shares new medical research into the condition.
Arts & Culture
Among many of the things lost to Hurricane Katrina are treasured regional and family recipes. Judy Walker, the food editor of The Times-Picayune, set to collecting those recipes again and has now released them in “Cooking Up a Storm.” Another Louisiana native, Dale Curry, has also released a cookbook called “New Orleans Home Cooking,” with recipes she’d gathered during her more than 20 years of editing the same section before Walker — read more about each here. Both cookbooks reveal a heartwarming look at how food very much reflects our culture and identities.
Time magazine reviews Gilbert Cruz’s new book “America: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life” and finds it a skim read, but they also laud his attempts to expand the definition of addiction and change how we think about them.
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