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Binge Eating Among Men Steps Out of the Shadows

Binge Eating Among Men Steps Out of the Shadows | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it

Binge eating disorder, which affects about eight million Americans, is about as common in men as in women, but treatment has mainly focused on ....

 

“Ultimately, it was about numbing out and self-loathing,” said Mr. Walen, now 39 and a therapist in Columbia, Md. “There was this voice in my head that said, ‘You’re no good, worthless,’ and I turned to food.”


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Extremely interesting blog with a focus on men who binge eat

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Size Triple Zero | What is Size 000? - Dove Self-Esteem

Size Triple Zero | What is Size 000? - Dove Self-Esteem | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
What is size 000, and how does it affect your teenage daughter? Find out about the latest teen fascination with the dangerously small size triple zero here.
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I was aware of Dove' s development to advertise the importance of natural beauty, but until I actually ventured onto their website I was completely unaware of how advanced their new campaign had gone. They are now promoting a free body confidence workshop to be incorporated into the KS3 curriculum in schools and also providing lots of advise for parents, teachers and other people working with teenage girls and boys about the importance of high self esteem (with a lot of focus around positive body image). I would definitely recommend visiting their website to discover what their new campaign has to offer ! 

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Head of £13k-a-year girls' school tells pupils not to fret about exams

Head of £13k-a-year girls' school tells pupils not to fret about exams | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
Judith Carlisle, who runs Oxford High, said perfectionism was 'not achievable longer term' and that no one will 'give a damn which GCSE you got in French'.
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Teenage boy with anorexia was just two weeks from death after bullying

Teenage boy with anorexia was just two weeks from death after bullying | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
Kyle Carter, of South Shields, started losing weight after he was tormented by bullies about putting on weight when he was just 11 years old. Up to seven medics would have to hold him down and feed him by tube.

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An example of how social influences can contribute to the development of an eating disorder, it's sad how this a reality. 

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Connection Between Mindfulness and Body Image | Eating Disorder Hope

Connection Between Mindfulness and Body Image | Eating Disorder Hope | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
What comes to thought when you hear the word “Mindfulness”?  Many may connect this with the idea of mediation or finding a state of mental peace, but there is m

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This brief article outlines how mindfulness could be used with ED sufferers, i'm looking forward to reading this study in more detail.

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I Had Multiple Surgeries in the Name of "Living Thin" -- And It Almost Killed Me

I Had Multiple Surgeries in the Name of "Living Thin" -- And It Almost Killed Me | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
Growing up fat in a thin-obsessed culture led me to a case file at the hospital that is more than 2,000 pages long.

Via Maisen Mosley
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Moral of the story- you do not have to be what everybody else says is the 'perfect' ideal. It is on the inside that counts. An article definitely worth reading if you have a spare 10 minutes!

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Graphic novel on eating disorders: 'Lighter Than My Shadow' by Katie Green

Graphic novel on eating disorders: 'Lighter Than My Shadow' by Katie Green | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it

A gripping graphic novel about a woman's battle with eating disorders, writes James Smart ("@GuardianBooks: Our review of graphic novel http://t.co/6yIHbgpdFO http://t.co/56RjTSzlG5"...


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This is a book I must read!

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The Upsetting Fear The Majority Of 13-Year-Old Girls Have

The Upsetting Fear The Majority Of 13-Year-Old Girls Have | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
Body image issues among young teenagers are widespread, a U.K.-based study showed.

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These statistcs are unsuprising yet never fear to shock me

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Parents and children perceive eating disorders differently

Parents and children perceive eating disorders differently | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
When it comes to eating disorder behaviors, parents and children aren't seeing things eye-to

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Will be interesting to see future research into this !

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Mirror Image

Body Dysmorphic Disorder


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Mirror Image

“I'm gonna make a change For once in my life
It's gonna feel real good Gonna make a difference Gonna make it right”
Man in the Mirror, - Michael Jackson

Sadly, the late and terrifically talented Michael Jackson is often said to have suffered from a complex psychiatric disorder known as body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD.

The repeated surgical alterations of Jackson's nose, chin, facial structure and bleaching of his skin suggest that when he looked in the mirror he was profoundly unhappy with what he saw. In typical BDD fashion, his dissatisfaction grew with each alteration.

BDD's exact cause is unknown, but increasing evidence suggests a genetic link. The disorder's essential feature is the individual's excessive preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in appearance.

People affected by BDD may spend hours each day thinking about the perceived failing. These tortured souls either overly check their appearance in the mirror or avoid mirrors altogether by sometimes covering or removing them.

Persons with BDD often avoid social situations because they fear people will point out their imagined defect. Some skip work or school repeatedly or become housebound. Consequently, their relationships suffer.

The prevalence of the disorder is unknown. It is frequently under -diagnosed because patients are too ashamed to report it. Moreover, because of common coexisting conditions – 
including anxiety, depression, hypochondriasis, low self-esteem – the diagnosis is often overlooked.

Initially, these patients visit physicians or plastic surgeons because of their dissatisfaction with their skin ( acne, wrinkles, spots), hair ( thinning, balding) or nose ( size, shape). 
However, some may also be concerned with the size of their teeth, penis, muscles, breasts or buttocks. Many are preoccupied with more than one body part.

As a psychotherapist I've done my share of counseling for BDD. The prevalence in my practice has been about 1 to 2 percent of patients. However, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a mental-health standard, rates range from 6 to 15 percent in settings involved with cosmetic surgery and dermatology.

If you or someone you care about has or is at risk for BDD, consider the following:
Do you avoid social situations because of your bodily concern? Do you feel this defect is causing problems at work or school? Does it lead to distress? How much time do you spend concealing your defect? Does it prevent you from developing a sexual relationship?

Parents should be aware that the onset of BDD usually occurs in adolescence and young adulthood, although it may also develop in older adults overly concerned with impact of aging on appearance.

If BDD is suspected, a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist must do an evaluation. Treatment includes SSRI antidepressants, in conjunction with psychotherapy because these patients demonstrate severe issues with self-esteem and have poor insight into their problem.

While we may never know Michael Jackson's full story, I for one am left speechless at what appears to be the gross exploitation by surgical scalpel of a psychiatric illness.

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Writing to Unpack Emotions: How Keeping a Journal Can Help You with Eating Disorder Recovery

Writing to Unpack Emotions: How Keeping a Journal Can Help You with Eating Disorder Recovery | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
Writing and keeping a journal can be a wonderful tool for eating disorder recovery.

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Interesting new way to attempt to help with EDs

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This Project Reminds Us That Every Body Is Worth Celebrating

This Project Reminds Us That Every Body Is Worth Celebrating | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
"Fat people don't have feelings." "Fat people are gross."

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The title says it all

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6 Things You Should Know About Men And Eating Disorders

6 Things You Should Know About Men And Eating Disorders | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
Eating disorders aren't just a "woman thing." People of all gender identifications, ages, races and sexualities suffer from eating disorders and struggle with body image issues, but the majority of eating disorder research is conducted on young,...

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The rise to show men can get ED too seems to be very prevelant in the media at the moment 

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Alexis Fowler's curator insight, February 27, 9:14 AM

I like this article is because it proves that anyone can go threw an eating disorder and its just not a certain person or gender.

Nicholas Kyriakoudes's curator insight, November 13, 7:33 PM

This article is about eating disorders with men and the effect they can have on their mental status. It stats that eating disorder don't just happen to women but they also happen to men, and they don't just effect their physical presence but also their mental being. The article goes on to sate what people should know about when men have eating disorders. It often sated that men hide their problems. I believe that this article is somewhat helpful in providing information about eating disorders effect on men. It more so describes the mental effects of eating disorders on men. I believe this article is a nice addition to my journal collection. 

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Body Dysmorphia Takes Son's Life

Body Dysmorphia Takes Son's Life | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
Nathaniel Asselin took his own life in anguish over his body flaws, and now his father wages a 535-mile walk to warn others.

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Devestaing case of how Body Dysmophic Disorder (BDD) can take over peoples lives

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The Most Common Eating Disorder You've Probably Never Heard Of

The Most Common Eating Disorder You've Probably Never Heard Of | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
At least one in 20 adults have demonstrated symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder without reaching the threshold of a full-blown disorder. But no matter how frequent or severe, disordered eating can have serious health consequences. Here's a powerful look at the under-reported and potentially dangerous impact.

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The statistics of the number of people with  clinical anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder is an eye-opener. If accurate, this figure indicates how prevalent EDs are now becoming in today's society  

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Raise Awareness about Eating Disorders in the Military

Raise Awareness about Eating Disorders in the Military | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
While the prevalence of rape and sexual violence against women in the military has finally been exposed, another problem faces women that the military must address--eating disorders. Raise awareness about the high rate of eating disorders facing female military heroes in order to stop this epidemic.

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This is something I admittedly have actually never thought about. These statistics are shocking, the petition is very much required if this information is correct!

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Eating disorders not just about food - myfox8.com

Eating disorders not just about food - myfox8.com | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
BBC News
Eating disorders not just about food
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Eating disorders can be extremely serious, life-threatening conditions, and unfortunately, they often coexist with underlying mental health issues.
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This is a really good article covering some of the factors that can contribute to EDs - from a biological predisposition to traumatic experiences- It's worth a read!

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PMM Sound Off: Will A Plus Size Disney Princess And Larger Mannequins Help Promote More Realistic Body Images?

PMM Sound Off: Will A Plus Size Disney Princess And Larger Mannequins Help Promote More Realistic Body Images? | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
PMM Sound Off: Will A Plus Size Disney Princess And Larger Mannequins Help Promote More Realistic Body Images? This week, there were two stories reported in the media that, while very different, are being pursued for the same goal: to show a more realistic view of body size. As it is often reported,

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People really are thinking about pulling out all the stops to limit people perceiving skinny as 'perfect'. I'm not 100%  that publicising 'plus size' as the opposite is any more productive.... is there no way of advertising healthy as ideal instead of leaning to one side of the scale or the other? 

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Down to 99 pounds, I longed to reach zero

Down to 99 pounds, I longed to reach zero | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
After school I’d run upstairs to the scale in my parents’ bedroom. It would flash 0.0: reset.

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An eye opening story of a girl suffing from an ED, with a bit of insight into how the online "ana" community can also be a problem

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Janelle DeBlock's curator insight, December 5, 2013 11:55 AM

This is my passion - to help girls like this is situations like this.

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Tripling in the number of children treated for eating disorders

Tripling in the number of children treated for eating disorders | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
The number of pre-teen children treated in hospital for eating disorders triples in four years

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Fighting Against 'Fat Talk': Building Awareness Against the Toxic Effects of Body Shaming

Fighting Against 'Fat Talk': Building Awareness Against the Toxic Effects of Body Shaming | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
"Fat talk" is something that many women are familiar with, but most do not realize the true negative effects engaging in this kind of negative dialogue can have.

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Is Our Data Obsession Making Anorexia Worse?

Is Our Data Obsession Making Anorexia Worse? | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
Smartphones make counting calories easier than ever—a scary development for people with eating disorders.

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Advances in technology clearly aren't always for the best

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Obesity Psychology: Teens Who Lose Weight At Greater Risk For Anorexia And Bulimia

Obese teenagers who lose weight are at greater risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, a sign that there may be a psychology issue regarding their relationship to food.

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The Role of Perfectionism in Body Dissatisfaction

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The Role of Perfectionism in Body Dissatisfaction

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facinating study 

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Dying to be Barbie | Eating Disorders in Pursuit of the Impossible

Dying to be Barbie | Eating Disorders in Pursuit of the Impossible | Psychology of eating disorders and body perception | Scoop.it
Dying to be Barbie

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These statistics are incredibly alarming 

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, May 7, 2013 12:50 PM

The numbers are stunning: Four out of five 10-year-olds say that they're afraid of being fat. 42% of girls in first through third grade wish they were thinner. And, half of girls aged 9 or 10 claim that they feel better about themselves when they're dieting.1

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Eating Disorders from the Inside Out: Laura Hill at TEDxColumbus.

Calm, pleasure and satisfaction is what most people experience after eating. But for people with eating disorders, food brings anxiety, disturbance and noise...

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A good TED talk on ED, particularly with a biological focus 

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Haille Soderholm's curator insight, December 11, 7:38 PM

I absolutely loved this Tedx Talks (TEDx Talks, 2012). When most articles focus on the social and psychological influences in eating disorders, this video explored the biological aspects of EDs, specifically in anorexia nervosa (TEDx Talks, 2012). Even the Meyers text (2014) explored only the psychological aspects of eating disorders and failed to mention any biological influences (Meyers, 2014). Laura Hill, the speaker in the presentation and an eating disorder therapist, talked about how the brain physically behaves in someone suffering from anorexia (TEDx Talks, 2012). Hill compared the inner workings in the brain of a anorexic patient while eating compared to what goes on in a healthy individual's brain while eating (TEDx Talks, 2012). She found that a patient's brain is physically lacking certain aspects while eating, such as the dopamine that should be produced in a healthy person's brain when tasting something appetizing (TEDx Talks, 2012). The neuroimaging Hill talks about aligns perfectly with the biological influences explained in the article, "Eating Disorders" (TEDx Talks, 2012; Eating Disorders, n.d.). However, that article (n.d.) explores the differences in patients with bulimia nervosa, rather than anorexia as explained in this video (TEDx Talks, 2012; Eating Disorders, n.d.). But the same idea is present in both: people's brains suffering from eating disorders function differently than the healthy individuals (TEDx Talks, 2012; Eating Disorders, n.d.). While Hill does not account for diversity in her presentation, I still believe her information to be extremely credible given her profession and the publisher of the video which is Tedx Talks (TEDx Talks, 2012). Many people believe that eating disorders are strictly social and psychologically influenced, but I loved how Laura Hill examined the biological aspects of anorexia, which many people fail to acknowledge (TEDx Talks, 2012).

 

References

 

Eating Disorders. (n.d.) National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disorders/index.shtml.

 

Myers, D. G. (2014). Exploring psychology in modules: With updates on DSM-5.  New York: Worth.

 

TEDx Talks. (2012, October 31). Eating Disorders from the Inside Out: Laura Hill at TEDxColumbus. [video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEysOExcwrE.