March 8, 2011 |
Eating disorders among teens is dangerous enough. Now researchers say these teens face a higher likelihood of having more psychological problems, including suicidal thoughts. There’s no sure-fire cure for any of these self-destructive and potentially fatal behaviors, but learning how to identify them is the first step. Friends may be the first to be aware that something's wrong. People with anorexia nervosa, for example, don't eat enough because they think they're too fat -- even though they may be very thin.
December 6, 1992
It was a casual observation, really. The type of remark hundreds, maybe thousands of young women hear every day. But this was my coach talking. And I listened carefully. "Hey, Ludovise," he said. "Better stick to salads this week. Your thighs are looking kind of heavy." Had I not felt so vulnerable that day, maybe I could have brushed the words aside. Maybe I could have realized no one needs to worry about heavy thighs when she barely weighs 100 pounds. But I was coming off an injury.
July 5, 1987
Nothing wastes women's time and health more than the idea present in Calistro's column. Women's time can be spent in ways more profitable to society than torturing their bodies into the proper physical shape to fit changing fashion dictates (three months is all it takes!). Also, articles of this kind contribute to the onset of anorexia, bulimia and other weight-related neuroses. Please don't have a hand in such nonsense. Vicky Mires Agoura Hills
January 3, 2011 |
Eating disorders are increasing among children, particularly those younger than 12. And the answer isn’t to tell kids to start (or stop) eating. Disorders like anorexia and bulimia signal serious behavior problems. Here's an expert who can help explain why. Dr. David S. Rosen, professor of adolescent medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, will be the guest at a live Web chat Tuesday (1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central, 10 a.m. Pacific) to discuss eating disorders with Chicago Tribune health reporter Deborah Shelton.
November 23, 2009 |
Binge eating was long seen by psychiatrists as an unusual symptom of major depression or an anxiety disorder. After all, it seemed sometimes to lessen or yield to antidepressants and psychotherapy -- both aimed primarily at treating depression or anxiety. But as anorexia and bulimia gained public recognition and as eating disorder clinics began to fill in the 1980s, the field began to see a growing group of patients who had clearly dysfunctional eating patterns yet fit the description of neither anorexia nor bulimia.
November 30, 1994 |
Specialists who treat eating disorders have been noticing something different about their patients lately. More of them are men. "I have men coming into my office telling me they're convinced they were passed over for promotion because the other guy was slimmer and they look more like a beach ball. Or their wife is unhappy with them because of their appearance," says Dr. Randall Flanery, director of the eating disorders program in the behavioral medicine division of the St.
May 23, 1995 |
Most everyone has heard stories or seen made-for-TV movies about women and girls who starve themselves into barely walking skeletons or gorge on massive loads of food that are then vomited. Although about 7 million women across the United States suffer from eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia--life-threatening and often chronic illnesses for which exact causes are not known--an estimated 1 million American men also struggle with the diseases.
December 6, 1992 |
Like many wrestling coaches, Terry Davis often placed tremendous emphasis on weight. How much does that boy weigh? Can he lose five pounds by Friday? Didn't I tell that kid not to go an ounce over 130? Davis, a longtime youth coach now in his first year at Whittier Christian High in La Habra, used to consider weight to be nearly as important as performance. But his outlook has changed.
February 12, 2002 |
At first, peering into her computer screen, Janice Saunders was struck by the eerie triptychs: jutting hipbones, a blade of clavicle, a rib cage in relief. A double click brought her to message boards full of wild chatter and ghoulish advice: "Worried about that side of fries last night? Swallow half a bottle of laxatives!" "At a plateau? Try syrup of ipecac, what they use at hospitals for accidental poisoning. This helps to purge the body."
August 7, 1994 |
Ten years ago, a spunky sprite with a 1,000-watt smile and a girl-next-door name, Mary Lou Retton, vaulted from the Los Angeles Olympics across television screens into the homes of millions of Americans who fell in love with her. Sweet 16, 4-feet-9, a red-white-and-blue, stars-and-stripes ball spinning through the air, she made an entire country cheer on Aug. 3, 1984, when she landed firmly on her feet and flung up her arms, absolutely sure of a perfect 10 that gave her the first U.S.