December 30, 2010

Dying to Be Skinny

1 Anorexic French Model Isabelle Caro Dies at 28

Isabelle Caro, a French actress and model who has suffered from anorexia since the age of 13, died on November 17 at the age of 28, reports Washington Post. In 2007, Caro appeared nude in newspapers and billboards with the headline "No Anorexia" as part of a campaign against anorexia for an Italian fashion house. She weighed just 59 pounds when the famous campaign photos showing her protruding vertebrae and facial bones were taken. Caro's agent, Sylvie Fabregon, has said that the 2007 campaign was meant to reveal what it's like to be anorexic, but some critics point out that the images of Caro were used on pro-ana websites, which teach people how to be anorexic. In 2008, Caro published a book about her eating disorder: The Little Girl Who Didn't Want to Get Fat.

More at The Washington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Anorexia, The Little Girl Who Didn't Want to Get Fat, Pro-Ana Websites, Isabelle Caro Dies, Models Suffering from Anorexia, Sylvie Fabregon, How to Be Anorexic, Italian Fashion House, Campaign Against Anorexia

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Food and Brain Connection

2 Alcoholism and Obesity Risk Linked

People with a family history of alcoholism, especially women, have an increased risk of obesity, say researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Author Richard A. Grucza, PhD. and his team speculate that the risk of obesity is increasing due to the availability of more foods that may interact with the same brain areas as addictive drugs. The association between obesity risk and family history of alcoholism has become more pronounced in recent years, and people's genes aren't changing. "There is a whole slew of literature ... suggesting these hyper-palatable foods appeal to people with addictive tendencies, and I would guess that's what we're seeing in our study," says Grucza.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Factors in Obesity, Washington University School of Medicine, Richard A. Grucza, Addictive Food, Food Addictions, Alcoholism and Obesity Linked, Family History of Alcoholism

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Link with History of Alcoholism

3 Hidden Addiction Could Make Us Fat

In 2001 and 2002, women with a family history of alcoholism were 49 percent more likely to be obese than those without that history, report addiction researchers from Washington University School of Medicine. The researchers noticed the same relationship between family history of alcoholism and obesity risk in men, but it wasn't as "striking." First author Richard A. Grucza, PhD., reporting in Archives of General Psychiatry, says that a possible explanation for the relationship is that some people may substitute one addiction for another. He says that after seeing a close family member tackle alcohol problems, a person could shy away from drinking, and instead pick high-calorie, hyper-palatable foods, which may stimulate reward centers in the brain, producing effects similar to alcohol.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Richard A. Grucza, Reward Centers in the Brain, Risk of Obesity, Why Some People Are Fat, Why People Are Overweight, Psychology Behind Being Fat, Family History of Alcoholism and Obesity Risk, Obesity Risk Factors in Women

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You Can't Reabsorb Sperm

4 Docs Debunk Stupid Celebrity Health Tips

Sense about Science (SAS), an independent charitable trust, has responded to some celebrity health tips in their their annual list of the year's worst abuses against science, says MSNBC. SAS wants to help celebrities realize where they're going wrong and assist the public in making sense of their wild claims. One debunked claim, made by cage fighter Alex Reid, is that reabsorbing sperm (not ejaculating) is good, because sperm has lots of nutrients that the body absorbs. However, John Aplin, a reproductive research scientist, says that the body can't reabsorb sperm, which actually contains very few nutrients. Pop star Sarah Harding said she puts charcoal on food to absorb "bad damaging stuff." Dr. John Elmsley says the body does a good job of removing "damaging stuff" all on its own!

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Sense About Science, Dumb Celebrity Health Tips, Celebrity Health Tips Debunked, David Beckham Bracelet, Kate Middleton Bracelet, John Aplin, Pop Star Sarah Harding, Dr. John Elmsley, Cage Fighter Alex Reid

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Life Sentences Suspended

5 Released from Jail, but Must Donate Kidney

Gov. Haley Barbour has released two sisters from life sentences in a Mississippi prison on the condition that one of the sisters donates a kidney to the other one, reports CNN. Jamie Scott's kidney dialysis treatment costs the state about $190,000 a year. Plus, Jamie's sister, Gladys Scott, has offered to donate the kidney. Oddly, the two sisters, both under 40 years old, were serving life sentences for an armed robbery that involved just $11 in stolen cash. After serving 16 years of the sentence, the women are believed to no longer pose a threat to society, says Barbour. They were up for parole in 2014.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Kidney Stones More Common in Obese

Tags: Gov. Haley Barbour, Jamie Scott, Scott Sisters Freed, Gladys Scott, Kidney Dialysis Treatment, Freed Sister Must Donate Kidney

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Does Your Chicken Have Egg?

6 Chicken Wings Recalled for Undeclared Allergen

Pilgrim's Pride has recalled around 180,000 pounds of Pierce Hot & Spicy Breaded Chicken Wings and Sweet Georgia Brand Hot & Spicy Breaded Chicken Wings, reports CNN. The chicken products contain egg, which is an undeclared allergen. No reports of illness have been linked with this recall. Pilgrim's Pride issued the recall after the problem was brought to light by the company's labeling review, which is part of their quality-assurance program. The recalled wings were produced in Boaz, Alabama between January 1 and October 6, 2010. The products were sold to food service distributors, and further distributed to restaurants. Consumers or distributors may contact Pilgrim's Pride at 800-321-1470.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Gingerbread Houses Recalled

Tags: Pierce Hot & Spicy Breaded Chicken Wings, Sweet Georgia Brand Hot & Spicy Breaded Chicken Wings, Pilgrim's Pride Recall, Undeclared Allergen, Egg Allergies, Food with Undeclared Allergens

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Heavy Smoking Doubles Risk

7 Smoking in Early Pregnancy Linked to Miscarriage

A retrospective study involving approximately 1300 Japanese women who had been pregnant found that those who smoked heavily, at least 20 cigarettes per day, were two times more likely to have a miscarriage compared to women who did not smoke. Records from 430 women who had a miscarriage during the first trimester were age matched with 860 women who gave birth in the same year. Thirty-two percent of the women who smoked miscarried compared to only 4 percent of nonsmokers. Even after accounting for other factors that may increase the risk of miscarriage such as drinking and drug use, smoking was most strongly linked to miscarriages. Smoking has also been linked to stillbirths, preterm delivery and low birthweight babies. The complete study can be found in the journal Human Reproduction.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Conceiving After Miscarriage Good Idea

Tags: Miscarriage, Smoking, Smoking During Pregnancy, Smoking and Miscarriage, Risks of Heavy Smoking

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