Body image may be the western world’s ugliest export. Images of thin, toned women and hyper-muscular men are conveyed via television, magazines, movies and the internet to the global market.
The ideal dictated by the mass media is virtually impossible for people to achieve without excessive dieting, excessive exercise, or both. As a result, cultures that used to regard bulk as a sign of wealth and success now have a growing prevalence of eating disorders.
It is estimated that 9% of the population of Australia has an eating disorder. Eating disorders can affect all ages, but typically peaks in adolescent years. Research on the prevalence in eating disorders in Australia show that it is the third most chronic illness among young females, and is the second leading cause of mental illness.
In adults, less than 50% recover within five years of diagnosis, but in children, evidence based treatments, such as the Maudsley Model improve recovery rates up to 70% after 12 months, and 90% after five years. Early diagnosis can improve outcomes and reduce complications such as growth retardation, impaired bone health, cognitive impairment, disruption of pubertal development, infertility, depression, anxiety, and death.
Beyond the individual health risks and quality of life associated with obesity, there is a huge societal and economic burden through the direct and indirect costs it generates.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the total annual cost of obesity in 2008 including health system costs, loss of productivity and carers’ costs was estimated at around $58 billion.
It gets worse. The cost to Australia’s collective well being is $120 billion as estimated by the Herald/Age Lateral Economics Index.
TEENAGERS who were overweight as children and bullied in the schoolyard are increasingly showing up at hospital with life-threatening eating disorders.
About 40 per cent of teenagers presenting with eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia, at Westmead Hospital, had a heavier-than-normal weight as kids, according to the hospital’s director of adolescent health Professor Simon Clarke.
“We became more aware about three years ago that we were admitting more and more kids who were (previously) obese and overweight who were medically ill,” Prof Clarke said.
Last week Zoe and Damon Gameau appeared on The Morning Show to discuss ‘That Sugar Film’ documentary two years on and their thoughts on the new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry introduced in the UK.
The first question Larry asked was “When you did the experiment in 2014 what shocked you the most? “
Mr Gameau responded;
“Probably, the level of science and money food that companies spend on understanding how we become addicted and crave food. For example, Nestle has 700 PhD scientists who just look at how the palette works and links to our brain and how much sugar is put in there”.
Session speaker announcement: Ms Kathy Logie, Program Coordinator, PMH Eating Disorders Program on eating disorders – a personal journey
We are pleased to announce Kathy Logie, Program Coordinator, PMH Eating Disorders Program who will speak at the 3rd Annual Australian and New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference; Issues of the current day 16 – 17 May 2016.
Ms Logie will speak in the treatments; early intervention and management stream about her own eating disorder experience.
The presentation will provide an overview of a Kathy’s personal experience with an eating disorder in order to convey some of the internal processes that accompany such an experience. Kathy will speak briefly about what it is like to be unwell and caught in a cycle of self-destruction and pain and will share some aspects of the descent into the illness and also the pivotal choices which led to her recovery. Having given a snapshot of the experience Kathy will open for questions and facilitate an honest discussion that allows people to enquire into any area that has piqued their interest.
Australian researchers are recruiting thousands of anorexia nervosa sufferers to try to find the genes behind the disorder.
Anorexia is a clinical eating disorder that affects one in every 100 adolescent girls.
But it is also increasingly being diagnosed in middle-aged women and men.
The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) will work with scientists from the US and Scandinavia, on the world’s largest study of the genetics of anorexia.
Years ago, it was his incredible on-court feats that had 42-year-old tennis great Yevgeny Kafelnikov making headlines, but now it’s his teenage daughter, Alesya.
Speaking to Russian website Paparazzi, Kafelnikov expressed serious concern for his 17-year-old daughter’s health, saying that her desire to become a successful model had lead her down a dark path, with social media playing a major part in her dramatic weight loss.
A growing number of women over 30, 40 and beyond are quietly giving themselves eating disorders and psychologists are worried. 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.
Sadly, healthy women’s dissatisfaction with their bodies is “rampant” and more women are getting later-onset eating disorders after cycling in and out of diets that have destroyed their natural eating.
Session speaker announcement: Mr John Mercer, Chronic Condition Psychologist on ‘Psycho-Dietetic Intervention for Obesity
We are pleased to announce session speaker Mr John Mercer, Chronic Condition Psychologist, Tasmanian Health Service (North) who will speak at the 3rd Annual Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference; Inspiring behavioural change 16-17 May 2016.
As part of a World Class Conference Program, Mr John Mercer will speak in the Implementation of programs and strategies stream on ‘Food For Thought: An Inter-professional Psycho-dietetic Intervention for Obesity’.