Category: Eating Disorders and Obesity

FAQ: Does an eating disorder ever go away completely?

If you have an eating disorder, it will be a lifelong struggle. Even if you achieve a weight that’s considered healthy for your age and height, there is still the possibility of relapse. It’s not easy to recover from an eating disorder–there are no quick fixes–but there is help out there. Reaching out for professional treatment can help get you back on the road to recovery, and they can offer support every day along the way. read more

FAQ: Can eating disorders make you infertile?

The answer is yes. Eating disorders can make a woman infertile in a number of ways. Women with bulimia who have irregular, or absent, menstrual periods often stop having periods altogether due to the stress of having an eating disorder on top of hormonal imbalances. In addition, stress can suppress ovulation by raising levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body by starving themselves and reducing their weight. read more

Consumption of Fast food by Australian Teenager

The consumption of fast food by Australian teenager has been a hotly debated topic for many years. With the release of new data from the National Health Survey, it seems that our theories and discussions may have to change.

Answers for How to Fight Obesity and Run a Marathon

We all know running is a grueling task, but it’s worth it to keep your body healthy and in shape. In this blog post, we’re going to provide you with a comprehensive list of fun ways to incorporate exercise into your daily life and fight obesity.

FAQ: Questions about Eating Disorders and Runners

An eating disorder is a persistent failure to eat enough, alter the way food is eaten (or not eaten), or resist impulses to remove calories from the body.

There are many types of eating disorders, but for this article, we will talk about two: anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Additionally, we will discuss what causes these disorders and how runners can prevent them.

What are the Symptoms and Causes of Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a common type of fungal infection that usually affects the feet. This can be caused by wearing tight shoes, contact with fungi in public places, and inappropriate use of footwear. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to reach out to a doctor so they can diagnose the issue and provide treatment for athlete’s foot. Athletes foot problems are most commonly seen in active people who spend time on their feet. read more

Australians’ body image distorted

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. read more

Overview of Eating Disorder Treatment for Children in Australia

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. read more

What Obesity Is Costing Australia

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. read more

Fitness fads fuel eating disorders

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. read more