Saturday, 4 June 2016

eating disorder psychology triggered by fad diet

The ever-growing (and conflicting) 'expert' advice about what to eat, and what not to eat, is now creating problems for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond.
fad diet warning

In 18 years specialising in “body dissatisfaction” psychology, clinical psychologist Louise Adams has never seen as many women of all ages with food issues; food anxiety is at epidemic proportions, thanks to the ubiquitous influence of Big Diet.

Since 2005 the problem has got worse, seemingly twice as common.

There was another example of an about-turn on the BBC this week

The program is good in highlighting the difference between whole grain and 'high in fibre' - if grain has been milled, for example oats into oatmeal, then the starch is rapidly available for digestion.

But the program also seems to endorse frying food, full cream milk and so on, which recently rang alarm bells for obesity and diabetes.

If you are fit, about the right weight, and feel well, your diet is probably good for you. If you are obsessing about highly advertised 'superfoods', please watch the video and stop wasting your money.

Unprocessed food is always recommended, factory farmed produce is not, and fresh is best.

If I had to choose between the various types of 'scientific evidence' I'd favour the demographic - if a huge population prospers for decades with a specific diet - it is healthy :)

If food corporations are spending a fortune on advertising - it means the product has a huge profit margin for them - that's all.

The NHS website is still a trove of good advice and knowledge.


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  1. #psychology - Psychologists say they can inoculate people against fake news psychology news

    Researchers have found that there may be a way to vaccinate people against climate change misinformation. The key? Telling them lies.

    A team of psychologists from the University of Cambridge, Yale University and George Mason University studied the effect of "fake news" about climate change and how it can shift people's opinions.

    Medically speaking, people are vaccinated against a virus by introducing a dead or weakened version of it to the body. This gives it time to build up a resistance. It turns out that the same can work in psychology.

    In a study published in the journal Global Challenges, researchers found that if a person is presented with facts on climate change followed by lies, the lies cancel out the facts.

    However, if the facts are presented with a small dose of misinformation, a person doesn't hold onto the misinformation as fact.

    "There will always be people completely resistant to change," van der Linden said. "But we tend to find there is room for most people to change their minds, even just a little."

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  2. #healthyfood + #mentalhealth - Women posting 'fitspiration' Instagram posts are more likely to be at risk of eating disorders

    Women who post fitspiration images on Instagram are more likely to engage in eating and exercise behaviours that are potentially harmful to their physical and mental health,” the authors wrote.

    Of particular concern is the finding that almost a fifth of the women who post fitspiration were at risk for a clinically significant eating disorder.

    It seems likely, at least for some women, that even though they may present as fit and healthy, regularly posting fitspiration is a culturally sanctioned way of rationalising dietary restriction, disordered eating and over-exercising.

    Thomas Quine, the director of external affairs at the eating disorder charity B-eat told The Independent: We are concerned about the impact social media can have on individuals currently battling or vulnerable to an eating disorder.

    While fitspiration posts alone cannot cause an eating disorder – they’re much more complex than that – poor body image and low self-esteem can be triggering factors to these serious mental illnesses.

  3. regularly posting fitspiration is a culturally sanctioned way of rationalising dietary restriction, disordered eating and over-exercising - the problem in a nutshell.

    a culture of nonstop visual stimulation and corporate advertising undermines the ability to see and value people for who and what they are.

    Consumerism (the religion) is spending money you haven't got to buy what you don't need to impress people with virtually no values. So many diseases are fallout from this collective determination to plumb the depth of shallowness. Turn off the trivia ... we all have better things to do


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