December 3, 2010

Big Increase in Kids under 12

1 Young Boys Have Eating Disorders Too

"Maybe parents are feeding into a victim, rescuer, persecutor role and really fostering the problem"
- Peter in the comments

Among younger kids, boys are just as likely as girls to have an eating disorder. Anorexia patients may even be as young as 7 years old, reports CNN. Dr. David Rosen, the lead author of an eating disorders paper in Pediatrics, says that the younger the patients, the more likely they're boys. He also says that in patients under 12, about half of the patients are boys. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality discovered a 119 percent rise in the number of hospitalizations for eating disorders in kids under 12 from 1999 to 2006. CNN tells the story of Eric Ostendorf, whose eating disorder began when he was 10. He'd flush his lunch down the toilet and constantly kick his knees in class. Determined to burn more calories than he took in, Eric also did 45 chin-ups in the school bathroom.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Healthcare Research and Quality, Hospitalizations for Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders in Kids, Boys with Eating Disorders, Young Boys Get Eating Disorders, Eric Ostendorf

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Redefining Surgery for Obese

2 People with Lower BMI May Soon Get Lap-Band

More people may soon qualify to receive Allergan's Lap-Band surgery as an FDA panel has voted that the Lap-Band's benefits exceed the risks in some obese people. MSNBC reports that the popular Lap-Band surgery may now be extended to people who are less obese than current standards for the surgery. Allergan's Lap-Band device is currently approved for about 15 million people with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 or those with a BMI of 35 and a medical problem like diabetes or hypertension. If the FDA decides to expand eligibility for the surgery to people with a lower BMI, an additional 27 million patients may be able to have the surgery.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Los Angeles Invaded by Lap-Band Billboards

Tags: Lap Band Surgery Improves Mental Health, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Allergan Lap Band Surgery, Lap Band Procedure, Extending Lap Band Benefits, Less Obese May Soon Get Lap Band, BMI Limit Lowered for Lap Band

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In the Name of Love

3 Actor Gives Up Smoking at Age 106

"Proves to me that smoking is not the killer that pharma would like us all to believe."
- Marbee in the comments

Proving you're never too old to quit, Johannes Heesters, a Dutch-born actor and singer in Germany, has given up smoking for love at 106 years old! According to Yahoo News, Heesters says that his wife, 61-year-old German actress Simone Rethel, should have him around as long as possible. "I did it for love, for my wonderful wife," he told German entertainment magazine Bunte. Heesters, who has enjoyed a 90-year-long entertainment career, is better known as "Jopie." Heesters starred in the film "Die Fledermaus" in 1946, and the German film "The Moon Is Blue" in 1953.

More at Yahoo! News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Day to Stop Smoking

Tags: Giving Up Smoking at Old Age, 106 Year Old Gives Up Smoking, Johannes Heesters, Simone Rethel, Jopie, Die Fledermaus, Bunte, Quitting Smoking

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Flu Season Around Corner

4 One in Three Americans Have Gotten Flu Shot

Flu season may peak soon, and one in three Americans have already gotten their flu shot. According to the new CDC report released today, that rate is about the same or perhaps maybe a little ahead of seasonal flu shots given at this time last year. Flu season typically peaks between January and March. While a third of adults surveyed reported having already gotten the flu vaccine, 15 percent said they'd definitely get the vaccine, reports Chicago Tribune. Some adults are still apparently trying to decide: 25 percent said they probably would get the vaccine.

More at Chicago Tribune | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Flu Shots for All

Tags: Flu Shots, Flu Vaccine Rates, CDC Report on Flu, How Many People Got Flu Vaccine, Who Will Get Flu

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Tilt Back or Forward?

5 Tilting Your Head the Right Way to Attract Mate

"This makes good sense from a biological standpoint too. The woman's chin position creates a demure countenance, while the man's creates a confident, assertive one."
- Marissa in the comments

How you tilt your head on a date just might affect whether you're viewed as attractive, say researchers at the University of Newcastle and Macquarie University in Australia. The research, reported in Evolutionary Psychology, found that a woman's face is judged as more feminine and attractive if tilted forward with a slight tipping down of the chin. The female face was viewed less favorably when tilted backwards, reports CBS News. Yet, male faces, which are typically viewed from below by women, were found more attractive when tilted back. For the study, participants viewed computer-generated, three-dimensional face models in five positions, rating them on masculinity, femininity and attractiveness.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Air Passengers Fear Disease from TSA Gloves

Tags: How to Be Seductive, Masculinity, Femininity, Dating Tips, How to Attract Boyfriend, How to Attract Girlfriend, Macquarie University, University of Newcastle, Evolutionary Psychology

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Lab-Engineered Fetching Fruit

6 Genetically Modified Arctic Apples Won't Brown

Genetically modified "Arctic" apples will soon hit grocery stores, if Canada-based biotechnology company Okanagan Specialty Fruits has its way. Its GM apples will resist oxidation, which means they won't turn brown after they've been sliced. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Gala and Fuji apples will be among the tree varieties to get the non-browning "Arctic" apple amendment. The Okanagan application is currently awaiting the stamp of approval from the U.S. and Canada.

More at That's Fit | Posted 7 years ago by Marissa Brassfield

Previously: Pretty Display of Fruit Promotes Healthy Choices

Tags: Fruit, Nutrition, Genetically Modified

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Internet-Induced E-Somnia

7 Bedtime Texting Leads to Teen Sleeplessness

In a new study, 77.5 percent of young people between the ages of 8 and 22 had trouble falling asleep when they used electronic technology at bedtime. These participants also experienced a higher rate of anxiety, learning difficulties and depression. The study, which tracked 40 children and young adults, indicates that participants sent an average of 33.5 e-mails or text messages each night during sleeping hours; their devices also woke them once per night on average. "The sooner parents establish appropriate times for children to use this technology, the better," says lead author Dr. Peter G. Polos. Dr. Polos and his colleagues at the JFK Medical Center presented their findings from the pilot study at the American College of Chest Physicians' 2010 meeting.

More at That's Fit | Posted 7 years ago by Marissa Brassfield

Previously: IPad May Cause Insomnia

Tags: Insomnia, Technology, Technology in Bedroom, Gadgets

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