I am writing to you from Berlin tonight and thinking about a recent article written by Dr. Bulik on the challenges of international travel for those with an eating disorder, in particular anorexia nervosa. In the article Dr. Bulik talked about time changes and irregular meals, of long distance transportation being a danger to those whose brain chemistry is less anxious when they don’t eat and more anxious when they do. It's how a person’s weight may slide down inadvertently, because…Read More
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I can’t tell you how many parents report their child with anorexia nervosa (or bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, fill in the blank…) becoming very irritated, not to say ANGRY, at them for something we call “externalizing the illness”.
What does this term mean? It actually refers to a very positive attitude adjustment undergone by both parents and patients whereby they are able to separate the sufferer from the illness and blame the illness, not the sufferer, for how hard life…Read More
One thing I believe to have learned over the years is that those readers who are interested in anorexia nervosa seem to have little interest in obesity, which they regard as an lifestyle choice irrelevant to them, while those who study obesity often ask themselves what this rare condition (AN) has to do with their vastly more prevalent (read: important) condition of obesity (OB)? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot.
And by the way, it’s worth repeating at the outset, neither…Read More
For the purposes of this discussion I am somewhat arbitrarily defining “very early onset” as 12 years and younger. Despite what you might think, this is not synonymous with “pre-pubertal onset” as Caucasian girls on average begin breast development - and the hormonal changes associated with this - at about 10 ½ years of age. Boys on average begin to go through pubertal changes about two years later. And for girls and boys of African and Hispanic heritage average ages for these…Read More
Last week I was pleased to discuss a paper by Walt Kaye and colleagues that I felt strongly supported ordered eating for people with anorexia nervosa. Ordered eating on our Kartini meal plan has always been the cornerstone of our weight restoration strategy for children and young adults who suffer from this condition. It works and Dr Kaye’s research tells us why.
This week I would like to refer you to a blog written by Cindy Bulik of the University of North Carolina. Cindy is a…Read More
Two current Kartini parents handed me an excellent article the other day whose lead author, Walter Kaye, is likely well known to our readers. The article, Temperament-based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa, appeared in the European Eating Disorders Review.
I was especially pleased to see this article, although many of us have heard Walt speak about meal planning and the latest neuro-biological and neuro-radiological evidence before. Neuro-biological and neuro-psychological evidence…Read More
Advances in medicine come in all shapes and sizes: vaccines, antibiotics, anti-virals, immune system boosters and reducers, technological changes and recently, the hope that faster, cheaper and more accurate genetic analysis can bring us the new approach to medicine and medications: personalized medicine.
As I have mentioned in a previous blog, a leading proponent of personalized medicine has been Dr Eric Topol, editor-in-chief of Medscape and director the Scripps Translational…Read More
I’m sometimes not sure whom I make madder: some kids, some parents, or some insurance companies!
Making kids mad:
Me: “Jill, help me understand why your weight would be way down this week?”
Jill (shrugging): “I don’t know. I actually exercised less and ate exactly what I was supposed to.”
Me: “OK. I guess your body is just telling us you need more food.”
Jill: “What!!?? No way! I refuse to have more food.”
Me: “Well…. unless you can think of something that didn’t go…Read More