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The Checkup Archive: Eating disorders

Weight loss's link to better health questioned

We as a nation have put a lot of stock into the notion that being (or becoming) slender equates to better health and longer lives. But a body evidence calls into question whether that connection -- or, conversely, the connection between overweight and poor health -- is all that strong, and even whether it exists at all.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 24, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Conditions, Diabetes, Eating disorders, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Psychology, Weight loss, Women's Health, life expectancy, osteoporosis  
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Is food addiction real?

Even if there is such a thing as food addiction, it's not likely that all or even most of the people in the U.S. who are obese or overweight suffer from such an affliction. While some people may have genetic or other forms of predisposition to addiction, others of us just plain overindulge, and we can't blame our neurochemistry for our decisions to eat more than we should.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 18, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Drug Abuse, Eating disorders, Neurological disorders, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Psychology, Weight loss  
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Babies on diets? Now I've heard it all.

Recent news stories have called attention to a phenomenon -- without saying how widespread it is -- in which parents restrict their babies' diets to ward off chubbiness. Apparently for some it's a matter of aesthetics; one story cites a father who raves about how skinny his infant daughter is. Others, though, restrict their babies' food intake so the children won't go on to be chubby children -- or overweight adults.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Eating disorders, Family Health, Infant health, Kids' health, Me Minus 10, Motherhood, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Parenting  
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Disordered eating needs doctor's attention

A report published this morning in the journal Pediatrics shows that eating disorders have become more common among children and teenagers over the past sixty years. The potential health impact of such illnesses is so great that pediatricians are urged to learn to do a better job of recognizing and treating patients who may be anorexic, bulimic or otherwise disordered in their relationship with food.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 29, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Eating disorders, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, Teens  
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When a beloved food triggers overeating

When I set about to lose weight via my "Me Minus 10" effort, my advisers Pam Peeke and Brian Wansink gently noted that perhaps bread could play a different, smaller role in my life. Neither suggested I omit it altogether, and both maintained that I should continue to eat the healthful carbohydrates my body needed to fuel its activity.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Eating disorders, Me Minus 10, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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Katherine Schwarzenegger, Katie Couric on parents and self-esteem

When it comes to diet and exercise, there's a fine line between parents' setting a good example for their daughters and pressuring them to follow your lead. That's the upshot of Katherine Schwarzenegger's chat this morning with Katie Couric and parental influence on their kids' self esteem. Fair enough. But I wish somebody could tell me where that fine line is.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 17, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Eating disorders, Nutrition and Fitness, Teens, Women's Health  
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