Author (#4)October 2005 Archives
I just came across an interesting article about obligatory or over-exercise, written by John Draeger, Alayne Yates, and Douglas Crowell and published in The Physician and Sportsmedicine Journal
From the introduction:
'A small group of patients are overly committed to their exercise routines, possibly to the detriment of their physical and psychological well-being. The concept of obligatory exercise is difficult to define, and its prevalence has not been extensively studied. Clinicians who are aware of behavioral and personality descriptors for obligatory exercisers can identify the problem and suggest treatment options. Treatment may follow guidelines similar to those for overtraining, addiction, compulsion, and eating disorders. Preventive measures lie in understanding exercisers' attitudes and beliefs about exercise and their bodies.'
The article's available free online.
Joanna Poppink, Marriage & Family Therapist and Eating Disorder Recovery Specialist runs an excellent website with a wide range of resources available for people struggling with eating disorders. She recently let me know that she has updated the academic and professional eating disorder research page on the site. The new version incorporates a facility for researchers to post descriptions of their research and project needs, including requests for participants. The service is free.
The Eating Disorders Assocation is the UK's charity which supports people with eating disorders and their carers.
In response to the fact that more and more people are contacting the Eating Disorders Association via e-mail, the Self Help Network are now offering a new support by e-mail service.
If you want to find out more, you can request further details by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry to mention Christmas when it's still only October (In fact I saw my first Christmas tree of the year in a health club about three weeks ago!). But it's for a good cause. The Eating Disorders Association is the UK charity supporting those with eating disorders and their families and carers. The EDA are offering Christmas cards for sale. To buy some, visit their online shop
The 2006 International Conference on Eating Disorders will be held from June 7-10, 2006 in Barcelona, Spain.
The online presentation submission site is now open and you can submit abstracts for papers, posters and workshops between now and November 11, 2005 (midnight, Central Standard Time).
Paper sessions are allotted 15 minutes (10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A). All papers will be considered for a poster presentation if the committee is unable to identify room in the program for oral presentation.
Poster sessions allow presenters to display their work visually on a poster board.
Workshops are longer sessions that should be didactic and offer practical experience to help participants increase their understanding and skill in a particular area.
Categories for conference submissions include the following:
Cross-Cultural and Ethnicity
Treatment of Eating Disorders
Course and Outcome of Eating Disorders
Children and Adolescents
BED and Obesity
Diagnosis, Classification and Measurement
At-Risk Populations (athletes, dancers, gymnasts, diabetics, etc.)
For more conference info, visit the Academy of Eating Disorders website.
The 15th Annual Renfrew Center conference, entitled 'Feminist Perspectives and Beyond: Enduring Wisdom, New Frontiers' will be held from November 10-13, 2005 at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott. The 2005 conference will address what is known and what is currently being discovered about eating disorders, aiming 'to re-examine our common wisdom, explore what is fresh and exciting and create a stimulating, collaborative context for the old and the new to nourish one another'.
Workshops and poster presentations will address the following topics:
* risk/resiliency factors for eating disorders
* therapists' struggle and self-care
* temperament and its relationship to eating disorders
* eating disorders and midlife
* issues related to racial and ethnic diversity and sexual orientation
* evidence-based treatment for eating disorders
* healing the mind, body and spirit
* integration of science and practice
* eating disorders and co-morbidity
* traditional psychotherapeutic approaches
* a deeper look at feminist perspectives
* impact of family and peers; perspectives on compulsive eating, binge eating disorder and weight.
Keynote Presenters will include Carol Gilligan, PhD; Mike Devlin, MD; Joan Jacobs Brumberg, PhD and Craig Johnson, PhD.
Featured Speakers will include Ovidio Bermudez, MD; Joan Borysenko, PhD; Tim Brewerton, MD and Pamela Peeke, MD.
For more information, visit the Renfrew website at www.renfrew.org, or call Debbie Lucker at 1-877-367-3383.
The Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED) will be hosting a conference in March 2006 in San Francisco, California. The conference will include speakers from major treatment centers from the West Coast, and CMEs and CEUs will be offered. Families and individuals in recovery will also be welcome. For questions or information call APTED at 415-771-3068 or email: