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New therapeutic interventions could render addiction into manageable disease

New therapeutic interventions could render addiction into manageable disease

Neuroscientists agree that abuse of drugs hijacks circuits in the brain that are crucial for decision-making, but society as a whole tends to stigmatize addicted people for lacking self-control. [More]
Emily Program plans to open new office in Olympia

Emily Program plans to open new office in Olympia

The Emily Program - a nationally recognized eating disorder treatment center- today announced plans to open a new office in Olympia, WA, its 3rd location in the Seattle area, 4th location in the Pacific Northwest. [More]
Neurosurgeons remove hypothalamic hamartoma to combat hyperphagia, unhealthy weight gain

Neurosurgeons remove hypothalamic hamartoma to combat hyperphagia, unhealthy weight gain

Neurosurgeons at the University of Texas-Houston and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital (Houston, Texas) report on the success they achieved when they removed a hypothalamic hamartoma from a 10-year-old girl to combat hyperphagia (excessive appetite and compulsive overeating) and consequent unhealthy weight gain. [More]
Deep brain stimulation reduces binge eating

Deep brain stimulation reduces binge eating

Deep brain stimulation reduces binge eating in mice, suggesting that this surgery, which is approved for treatment of certain neurologic and psychiatric disorders, may also be an effective therapy for obesity. Presentation of the results will take place Sunday at The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting in Houston. [More]
Exendin-4 drug effectively suppresses craving for food

Exendin-4 drug effectively suppresses craving for food

A drug made from the saliva of the Gila monster lizard is effective in reducing the craving for food. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, have tested the drug on rats, who after treatment ceased their cravings for both food and chocolate. [More]
Brain's reward/motivation circuits linked to compulsive overeating

Brain's reward/motivation circuits linked to compulsive overeating

A brain imaging study at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory reveals a subtle difference between ordinary obese subjects and those who compulsively overeat, or binge: In binge eaters but not ordinary obese subjects, the mere sight or smell of favorite foods triggers a spike in dopamine - a brain chemical linked to reward and motivation. [More]
WaterBrook Press releases third edition of Hope, Help and Healing for Eating Disorders

WaterBrook Press releases third edition of Hope, Help and Healing for Eating Disorders

WaterBrook Press recently released the third edition of Hope, Help and Healing for Eating Disorders, A Whole-Person Approach to Treatment of Anorexia, Bulimia and Disorder Eating. The newest edition of this 1995 bestseller on overcoming anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders from Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, with Ann McMurray, features the most up-to-date information on body image, food addiction, nutrition and more. [More]
Dangerous weight gain may be caused by compulsive overeating and ideal holidays

Dangerous weight gain may be caused by compulsive overeating and ideal holidays

Dealing with extended family, increased commitments and even celebratory occasions can cause a compulsive overeater to gain too much weight during the holiday season. [More]
Majority of older women seek help for eating disorders

Majority of older women seek help for eating disorders

Eating disorders are equal-opportunity offenders – crossing economic and cultural boundaries and leaping the borders of age and gender. For a long time thought to be diseases affecting teens and young women in their 20s, eating disorder treatment centers nationwide are seeing an increase in the population of older women seeking help for eating disorders. [More]

Healthy relationship with food will lead to a better, more promising future for children

The first lady has kicked off a national campaign that charges young Americans to "get up and move," changing the life goals of the newest generation. While the campaign and message are a strong effort, a national epidemic can only be changed with a personal choice to live better. It all starts with one parent, one effort, to take the time to live healthier, to want your children to live healthier. It's more than the number on a scale; it's a way of life. [More]
Childhood sexual or emotional abuse associated with greater body dissatisfaction in BED: JGH

Childhood sexual or emotional abuse associated with greater body dissatisfaction in BED: JGH

Imagine stuffing yourself with a day's worth of food in two hours or less. Imagine feeling disgusted, depressed and guilty once you finally stop. Then imagine doing it again, repeatedly and uncontrollably, once a week or more for months on end. [More]
Addiction to high calorie fat rich food: likened to cocaine and heroin addiction

Addiction to high calorie fat rich food: likened to cocaine and heroin addiction

In a new research our worst fears are confirmed – fatty, fried and fattening foods are addictive. The addiction with these delicious ‘yummies’ may be as potent as that with cocaine or heroin. The study was conducted on experimental animals, rats in this case. When fed with fatty foods in great quantities these rats showed a compulsive need to eat. [More]
Study provides new clues to obesity epidemic

Study provides new clues to obesity epidemic

In a newly published study, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have shown for the first time that the same molecular mechanisms that drive people into drug addiction are behind the compulsion to overeat, pushing people into obesity. [More]

Feelings of guilt and shame haunt mothers with eating difficulties

They would love to be perfect mothers. Instead, they feel ashamed and inadequate, and fearful that their children might inherit their eating difficulties. [More]

Chronic overeating plays fundamental role in obesity epidemic

The causes of obesity are complex and individual, but it is clear that chronic overeating plays a fundamental role. But when this behaviour becomes compulsive and out of control, it is often classified as "food addiction" - a label that has generated considerable controversy, according to a McMaster University psychiatrist and obesity researcher. [More]
Bulimia may result from hormonal imbalance

Bulimia may result from hormonal imbalance

Bulimia is normally regarded as a mental illness that should be treated with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). [More]