For Young Men, Eating Disorders Aren’t Always So Obvious

When Nate Nahmias was 16, he decided that he wanted to get fit.

A math- and science-oriented kid, he applied his analytical know-how to his workout regimen and diet. He meticulously planned each lift and run, and ensured every single calorie he consumed was accounted for. But he had a hard time keeping track of it all himself, so he asked his mother to set up an appointment with a dietitian. “I thought that maybe the dietitian would have some tools to help me stay on track with what I wanted,” Nahmias, now 25, tells Yahoo Health. “I thought she would applaud me for all of my hard work and strict diet.

Source: For Young Men, Eating Disorders Aren’t Always So Obvious

I have a very clear distaste for the thinking that things are distinct to a particular gender.

I’ve certainly known proactive guys with body issues who got into weights to attain the physique they idealize.  I figure that some likely would meet the criteria of having an eating disorder, but the behaviour got addressed as they came to learn about nutrition.  For me, before nutrition it was the fact I’d “reward” myself and eat back all the gains I’d made.  Similar goals, it’s about finding what works best for ourselves in order to make progress.

Study: Women With Eating Disorders End Up With Less Money

It’s long been known that eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are associated with other challenging health issues. Heart problems, osteoporosis, tooth decay, esophageal damage, pancreatitis and kidney failure, among many things, have been linked with eating disorders.

But now a new study has associated the conditions with long-term negative economic consequences, including lower earnings.

Source: Women with eating disorders earn less, study says

While I worry some will get self conscious, I hope this news reinforces the severity of eating disorders and that pursuing treatment is in a sufferers best interest.

If you read into the study, they discuss a bit about how people with eating disorders tend to be much higher on the “perfectionist” type spectrum than most.  Some of what may account for the difference between men and women is that because of society, etc, that perfectionism manifests differently in men versus women.  Still, it’d have been nice if the sample had the same number of men as women.

“Gourmand Syndrome” Is The Most Delicious Kind Of Brain Injury

A person you know has just had a stroke. This, naturally, is terrible news. Apart from the initial damage, the effects can linger for years. But sometimes, the effects that linger are weird but fantastic.

Gourmand syndrome is both a brain injury and an eating disorder, which sounds bad until you realize that even the people describing it as such consider it “benign.” The disorder is caused by lesions in a certain part of the brain. The lesions are always in the right hemisphere of the brain and cluster around the limbic system and the basal ganglia – the gooey center of the brain which deals with emotion and motivation. The lesions could be brought on by a stroke, as they were for a journalist, or by an injury to the head, as they were for a snowboarder. Either way, after the lesions appear, something strange starts to happen.

Source: “Gourmand Syndrome” Is The Most Delicious Kind Of Brain Injury

The sample size is smaller than I’d expected.  I’d have thought they’d found more, given that some are on blood thinners because of a stroke.  Have you suffered a stroke and subsequently taken an interest in food?

Why Is Orthorexia Still Not Classified as an Eating Disorder?

Low-calorie, low-fat, sure. But food-restrictive eating, like Jess’s, can be signs of orthorexia, an increasingly common form of disordered eating. Unlike anorexia, which addresses how much you eat, orthorexia is about what you eat. And nutritionists and psychologists say that they’re seeing it more often, especially in the face of restrictive food trends, like gluten-free, and growing information about where food comes from, and how it’s grown and processed.

…That’s the sticking point, where healthy eating ticks over into compulsion.

Source: The Newest Eating Disorder To (Maybe) Enter The DSM: Orthorexia

To date, this has been lumped in with ED-NOS. ED-NOS is basically just a catch-all for anyone with food issues that isn’t bulimic or clinically anorexic. This is why it’s the most commonly diagnosed eating disorder.