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January 24, 2015

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10:40 AM | Who's Lying About Not Eating Meat?
A new study shows that just thinking about the treatment of animals in slaughterhouses causes women—but not men—to "strategically under-report" their meat consumption. Why are women more likely to lie about eating animals?
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10:40 AM | 84% of Vegetarians and Vegans Return to Meat. Why?
I was shocked when my long-time vegetarian daughter asked me for suggestions about what types of meat she might enjoy. I should not have been surprised. According to new research, the vast majority of vegetarians and even vegans eventually return to meat-eating. Here are the implications for the animal rights movement.
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10:40 AM | Emotions and Motivations
That 'emotions arise from progress or hindrance in goal-pursuit' is a simplistic notion. Read the post to know the difference between approach and avoidance motivation, between promotion and prevention regulatory focus and how they interact together to give rise to all the myriad complex emotions and affective states.

January 21, 2015

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3:15 PM | Whose Culture is it Anyway? Disentangling Culture and Eating Disorders – Part 2
In this post I’ll continue on the trend of considering the “culture bound” nature of eating disorders by looking at another commonly-cited article about eating disorders and culture. In this article, Keel & Klump (2003) look at the cultural and historical facets of anorexia and bulimia. They looked at whether eating disorders were present in other sociohistorical and cultural contexts in order to determine whether AN and BN are “culture […]

January 18, 2015

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7:16 PM | Whose Culture is it Anyway? Disentangling Culture and Eating Disorders – Part 1
Often, in writing about eating disorders, you will come across references to how some consider these disorders to be “culture bound.” If you start to unpack what researchers and clinicians are referring to, you might come to the conclusion that “culture bound” means specific to one particular culture or society, for example, modern Western society. By extension, you might then think that the more “Western” a culture is, the more likely that there will be […]

January 12, 2015

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5:00 PM | Academy For Eating Disorders (AED)
The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) began in 1993 with a meeting organized by Craig Johnson, PhD, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Thirty-three clinicians and researchers met to discuss concerns about the deleterious effects of managed care and other insurance practices on providing quality treatment for patients with eating disorders.

January 11, 2015

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1:46 PM | Sublimating the Binge Eating, Self-Restricting Roller Coaster
[adapted from Mindful Emotional Eating (Somov, 2014)] Differentiating a binge from emotional eating or emotional overeating is both hard and simple. Hard if you go a quantitative route, if you count calories. Easy if you go a qualitative route, if you factor in the emotional mandate of these two types of eating. I’ll take the easy […]

January 10, 2015

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11:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: January 10, 2015
Happy Saturday, readers! As cliche as it might sound, we can’t help but think of new beginnings when we think of a new year, and what better way to welcome new beginnings than by keeping up with all the new mental health news, research, and even opinions as we launch into 2015? After all, we […]

January 09, 2015

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2:21 AM | Temperament in Eating Disorders (A Meta-Analysis)
Much research has been done on personality traits associated with eating disorders, and, as I’ve blogged about here and here, on personality subtypes among patients with EDs. For example, researchers have found that individuals with AN tend to have higher levels of neuroticism and perfectionism than healthy controls (Bulik et al., 2006; Strober, 1981). Moreover, some traits, such as anxiety, have been associated with a lower likelihood of recovery, whereas others, such as impulsivity, […]

Atiye M, Miettunen J & Raevuori-Helkamaa A (2014). A Meta-Analysis of Temperament in Eating Disorders., European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25546554

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2:21 AM | Temperament in Eating Disorders (A Meta-Analysis)
Much research has been done on personality traits associated with eating disorders, and, as I’ve blogged about here and here, on personality subtypes among patients with EDs. For example, researchers have found that individuals with AN tend to have higher levels of neuroticism and perfectionism than healthy controls (Bulik et al., 2006; Strober, 1981). Moreover, some traits, such as anxiety, have been associated with a lower likelihood of recovery, whereas others, such as impulsivity, […]

Atiye M, Miettunen J & Raevuori-Helkamaa A (2014). A Meta-Analysis of Temperament in Eating Disorders., European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25546554

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2:21 AM | Temperament in Eating Disorders
Much research has been done on personality traits associated with eating disorders, and, as I’ve blogged about here and here, on personality subtypes among patients with EDs. For example, researchers have found that individuals with AN tend to have higher levels of neuroticism and perfectionism than healthy controls (Bulik et al., 2006; Strober, 1981). Moreover, some traits, such as anxiety, have been associated with a lower likelihood of recovery, whereas others, such as impulsivity, […]

January 02, 2015

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11:46 PM | Resistance is (not so) Futile? Exploring Treatment Resistance in Eating Disorders
To me, the idea of “treatment resistance” in eating disorders sparks some ill feelings. While many have suggested that treatment resistance is common among those with eating disorders, others have noted how receiving the label of “treatment resistant” can make it more difficult to receive needed support or impact how one is perceived in treatment settings and how one’s behaviours are interpreted (e.g., Gremillion, 2003). Of course, this is a tricky ground to […]

Abbate-Daga, G., Amianto, F., Delsedime, N., De-Bacco, C. & Fassino, S. (2013). Resistance to treatment in eating disorders: A critical challenge, BMC Psychiatry, 13 (1) 294. DOI: 10.1186/1471-244X-13-294

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11:46 PM | Resistance is (not so) Futile? Exploring Treatment Resistance in Eating Disorders
To me, the idea of “treatment resistance” in eating disorders sparks some ill feelings. While many have suggested that treatment resistance is common among those with eating disorders, others have noted how receiving the label of “treatment resistant” can make it more difficult to receive needed support or impact how one is perceived in treatment settings and how one’s behaviours are interpreted (e.g., Gremillion, 2003). Of course, this is a tricky ground to […]

Abbate-Daga, G., Amianto, F., Delsedime, N., De-Bacco, C. & Fassino, S. (2013). Resistance to treatment in eating disorders: A critical challenge, BMC Psychiatry, 13 (1) 294. DOI: 10.1186/1471-244X-13-294

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December 29, 2014

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6:11 PM | Smartphone Apps for the Treatment of Eating Disorders
As of January 2014, over 50% of adults in the United States own a smartphone; unsurprisingly, there has been a growth in the number of mobile applications (apps) aimed at providing health care services for various mental (and physical) health problems, including eating disorders. The purpose of mobile health technologies is to utilize the functionality of smartphones to deliver a wide range of health services, including providing psychoeducation, treatment services and/or recovery […]

Juarascio AS, Manasse SM, Goldstein SP, Forman EM & Butryn ML (2014). Review of Smartphone Applications for the Treatment of Eating Disorders., European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25303148

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6:11 PM | Smartphone Apps for the Treatment of Eating Disorders
As of January 2014, over 50% of adults in the United States own a smartphone; unsurprisingly, there has been a growth in the number of mobile applications (apps) aimed at providing health care services for various mental (and physical) health problems, including eating disorders. The purpose of mobile health technologies is to utilize the functionality of smartphones to deliver a wide range of health services, including providing psychoeducation, treatment services and/or recovery […]

Juarascio AS, Manasse SM, Goldstein SP, Forman EM & Butryn ML (2014). Review of Smartphone Applications for the Treatment of Eating Disorders., European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25303148

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6:11 PM | Smartphone Apps for the Treatment of Eating Disorders
As of January 2014, over 50% of adults in the United States own a smartphone; unsurprisingly, there has been a growth in the number of mobile applications (apps) aimed at providing health care services for various mental (and physical) health problems, including eating disorders. The purpose of mobile health technologies is to utilize the functionality of smartphones to deliver a wide range of health services, including providing psychoeducation, treatment services and/or recovery […]

Juarascio AS, Manasse SM, Goldstein SP, Forman EM & Butryn ML (2014). Review of Smartphone Applications for the Treatment of Eating Disorders., European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25303148

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3:00 PM | Your Journey is Well Worth Your Effort
Well here we are – once again, it is nearly time for a brand new year to launch! I always get so excited when a new year arrives. It feels like encountering a giant blank chalkboard, complete with the most marvelous array of colored chalk. The chalkboard is all mine – as is the chalk. […]
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