November 11, 2014

4:55 PM | Recovering from an Eating Disorder in a Society that Loves Fat Shaming (and Dieting)
Is ED recovery easier when your body is “normative or stereotypically desirable”? The anon asking the question implied that recovery could be more difficult because “an obese person … will never stop hearing hearing extremely triggering stuff about their body type.” Anon asked, “Have there been any studies on this?” Andrea tackled this question in her last post (it might be helpful to read it first if you […]

Berner, L.A., Shaw, J.A., Witt, A.A. & Lowe, M.R. (2013). The relation of weight suppression and body mass index to symptomatology and treatment response in anorexia nervosa., Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122 (3) 694-708. PMID:

Bulik, C.M., Marcus, M.D., Zerwas, S., Levine, M.D. & La Via, M. (2012). The changing "weightscape" of bulimia nervosa., The American Journal of Psychiatry, 169 (10) 1031-6. PMID:

Lebow, J., Sim, L.A. & Kransdorf, L.N. (2014). Prevalence of a History of Overweight and Obesity in Adolescents With Restrictive Eating Disorders., The Journal of Adolescent Health, PMID:

McKisack, C. & Waller, G. (1997). Factors influencing the of group psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa., The International Journal of Eating Disorders, 22 (1) 1-13. PMID:

Sim, L., Lebow, J. & Billings, M. (2013). Eating Disorders in Adolescents With a History of Obesity, PEDIATRICS, 132 (4) DOI: 10.1542/peds.2012-3940

Wildes, J.E. & Marcus, M.D. (2012). Weight suppression as a predictor of weight gain and response to intensive behavioral treatment in patients with anorexia nervosa., Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50 (4) 266-74. PMID:

9:50 AM | Psychiatric comorbidity in post H1N1 vaccination narcolespy?
I can imagine that the paper by Atilla Szakács and colleagues [1] is likely to draw some rather differing opinions about potential importance based on their subject matter and methods/participant numbers looking at the frequency of psychiatric comorbidity among those with narcolepsy including narcolepsy post H1N1 vaccination. The fact that autism - "pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (i.e., atypical autism)" - is mentioned as one of the comorbidity in the […]

Szakács A, Hallböök T, Tideman P, Darin N & Wentz E (2014). Psychiatric Comorbidity and Cognitive Profile in Children With Narcolepsy With or Without Association to the H1N1 Influenza Vaccination., Sleep, PMID:


November 05, 2014

9:39 AM | (Partly) explaining the increase in the prevalence of autism
"Changes in reporting practices can account for most (60%) of the increase in the observed prevalence of ASDs [autism spectrum disorders] in children born from 1980 through 1991 in Denmark."Prince of Denmark @ Wikipedia That was the headline conclusion reported by Stefan Nygaard Hansen and colleagues [1] based on an analysis of births in Denmark between 1st January 1980 and 31st December 1991 (N=677,915) followed up until 31st December 2011 (or "until ASD diagnosis, […]

Hansen, S., Schendel, D. & Parner, E. (2014). Explaining the Increase in the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders, JAMA Pediatrics, DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.1893


October 30, 2014

8:44 AM | Pain and adolescent Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
"We found a higher prevalence of severe pain among adolescents with CFS [Chronic Fatigue Syndrome] and lowered pain thresholds compared with HCs [healthy controls]".That was the headline generated by the study from Anette Winger and colleagues [1] (open-access) looking to describe several parameters tied into experience of pain in the context of CFS. Further: "The total sum of bodily symptoms represented a heavy burden with great functional consequences".Your hokey pokey […]

Winger, A., Kvarstein, G., Wyller, V., Sulheim, D., Fagermoen, E., Smastuen, M. & Helseth, S. (2014). Pain and pressure pain thresholds in adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome and healthy controls: a cross-sectional study, BMJ Open, 4 (10) DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005920

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