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New Anorexia Debate: Let Patients Stop Treatment?

Katie Engelhart delves into palliative care's place in handling eating disorders for 'New York Times Magazine'

(Newser) - At what point does an extreme mental health disorder become untreatable? And must doctors continue to treat those patients, even against their will? Katie Engelhart examines these questions in an in-depth look at how some psychologists are turning to palliative care for anorexia patients who are done fighting their conditions,...

You Know What Anorexia Is. But That's Just Half the Story

The 'NYT Magazine' explores the newer diagnosis of atypical anorexia

(Newser) - Read the words "anorexia nervosa" and you'll likely visualize an emaciated person. That view might change after reading Kate Siber's piece for the New York Times Magazine . It's a deep dive into "atypical anorexia," a little-discussed eating disorder that mirrors that of anorexia—extreme...

Inside the World of Male Eating Disorders
The Teen Was Hospitalized
for Anorexia. He's Male

The Teen Was Hospitalized for Anorexia. He's Male

BuzzFeed takes us inside the world of male eating disorders

(Newser) - "You have about an hour to pack, and we want you at the hospital by dinner." It wasn't what the California teen expected to hear from the doctor, dietitian, and psychotherapist who were talking to him. Ditto their diagnosis: atypical anorexia. In a lengthy piece for BuzzFeed...

Anorexia's Not All in Your Head
Anorexia Isn't
Exactly What We Thought
new study

Anorexia Isn't Exactly What We Thought

It isn't all in people's heads, according to a new study

(Newser) - Turns out anorexia isn't all mental—a possible relief to people who've been blamed for having a devastating illness, the Guardian reports. In a new study , researchers analyzed the DNA of 17,000 people with anorexia against 55,000 without, and flagged eight genes connecting anorexia with psychological...

Teen Rape Survivor Who Requested Euthanasia Ends Her Life

17-year-old Noa Pothoven suffered PTSD and depression

(Newser) - "After years of struggling and fighting, it's over." So reads a Dutch teen's "sad last post" Saturday on her Instagram account , noting she'd stopped eating and drinking and would soon be free from "[unbearable] suffering." The Washington Post reports on the right-to-die...

Netflix Film About Anorexia Sparks Debate

Netflix Film
About Anorexia
Sparks Debate

Netflix Film About Anorexia Sparks Debate

Some say 'To the Bone' is important, others call it harmful

(Newser) - Director Marti Noxon has been open about her past struggles with eating disorders and says she hopes her new film starring Lily Collins as Ellen, a young woman suffering from anorexia, will "serve as a conversation starter about an issue that's too often clouded by secrecy and misconceptions,...

Emma Thompson Blasts Hollywood's 'Evil' Obsession

Says actresses face pressure not to eat

(Newser) - "It's evil." That's how Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson sums up the pressure on actresses to lose weight. While appearing on a Swedish talk show last week, Thompson described how she'd almost quit work on 2008 film Brideshead Revisited because producers asked another actress—the film...

Woman Posts Proud Weight Gain Pics, Then Defends Them
Her Before-and-After Pics
Have an Unusual Twist

Her Before-and-After Pics Have an Unusual Twist

Megan Jayne Crabbe put on weight, and is proud of it

(Newser) - Megan Jayne Crabbe says she was just 5 years old when she first began to hate her body. She thought her classmates were prettier and thinner, and gradually began to believe that if she were also thin, she could be pretty, too, reports the Independent . By 10, she was dieting;...

Woman Who Refused to Be Force-Fed Dies at 30

Anorexic, bulimic woman won the right to her refusal three months prior

(Newser) - An anorexic and bulimic New Jersey woman who petitioned a court to refuse force-feeding has died three months after a judge granted her request, the AP reports. Her court-appointed lawyer, Edward D'Alessandro Jr., told the Daily Record the 30-year-old identified as Ashley G. died Monday at Morristown Medical Center'...

Her Anorexia Is 'Late Terminal.' She Won a Fight to Keep It That Way
Her Anorexia
Is 'Late Terminal.'
She Won a Fight to
Keep It That Way

Her Anorexia Is 'Late Terminal.' She Won a Fight to Keep It That Way

Judge rules New Jersey cannot force-feed AG

(Newser) - At age 5, AG started having "anorexic thoughts." Now 29, the New Jersey woman has been diagnosed with late terminal anorexia-nervosa—and she's just won her fight to enter palliative care rather than be force-fed. Since January 2014, AG has been committed to a state psychiatric hospital;...

View Hosts Make Ill-Advised Eating Disorder Jokes

What's funnier, anorexia or bulimia?

(Newser) - Eating disorders: not really a laughing matter, unless, apparently, you're a View panelist. During Thursday's show, the co-hosts discussed Donald Trump's recent weight loss (he says he lost 15 pounds because running for president is just too exciting and he never wants to eat ) and the...

'40-Some Pound' Anorexic Woman Tells Her Story

Rachael Farrokh's goal: to help others, save herself

(Newser) - Rachael Farrokh's 10-year struggle with anorexia has reached its breaking point—which is why the 37-year-old decided to tell her story to ABC News . "I want other anorexics to hear this," she says. "This is miserable. Everything hurts from my head down to my toes."...

France: Glorify Anorexia, Go to Jail

New law cracks down on 'thinspiration' websites

(Newser) - France is cracking down on websites that encourage young women to starve themselves. An amendment to a health bill passed yesterday punishes operators of pro-anorexia websites with up to a year in jail and an $11,000 fine, the Telegraph reports. The amendment calls for penalties for those who provoke...

J. Crew Now Offers Size '000'
 J. Crew Now Offers Size '000' 

J. Crew Now Offers Size '000'

The XXXS size is for women with a 23-inch waist

(Newser) - As Americans grow ever larger, clothing stores like J. Crew are offering ever smaller sizes—and the retailer insists it's due to actual demand. Just not from Americans. In response to the controversy that ensued this week after the chain started offering size 000, a spokesperson explained to Today ...

Strangers' Intervention at Gym Saves Woman's Life

Nine worried people got anorexic woman to hospital in nick of time

(Newser) - Stories about people staging a successful intervention to save someone in trouble aren't so unusual. But what about when those people are total strangers? The Tennessean has such a tale from the Green Hills YMCA, where nine regulars at the gym got worried about an emaciated young woman who...

Kate Moss Dishes on Johnny Depp, Heroin
 Kate Moss 
 Dishes on 
 Johnny Depp, 
vanity fair

Kate Moss Dishes on Johnny Depp, Heroin

Also opens up about anorexia in 'Vanity Fair' interview

(Newser) - Kate Moss really opens up in a new Vanity Fair interview, discussing all those years of “heroin chic” talk and anorexia rumors, her relationship with Johnny Depp, and more. Highlights:
  • On heroin chic: “I had never even taken heroin—it was nothing to do with me at all.

12 Celebs Who Battled Eating Disorders

Two of them got down to just 70 pounds

(Newser) - Katie Couric revealed last week that she struggled with bulimia in her early 20s—and sadly, she's far from the only celebrity to have battled an eating disorder. The Huffington Post rounds up a dozen:
  • Jessica Alba: She once said that she had trouble adjusting to "a woman'

'Bulimic' Gaga Strips to Counter 'Fat' Critics

She also bares battle with eating disorders

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is stripping down to her skivvies to take on critics who have been beefing about her new poundage. The pop princess took the bold move as she also revealed that she has been battling anorexia and bulimia since the age of 15 . "Today I join the body...

UK Court: Anorexic Woman Should Be Force-Fed

Judge says it's in best interests of woman, who is near death

(Newser) - A 32-year-old suffering from extreme anorexia was ordered yesterday by a British court to be force-fed in order to save her life, reports the Guardian . Several people who know the woman asked that she be left to die a "dignified death," but the judge ruled that she lacked...

'Katniss' Fat Digs By Critics Are Toxic: Experts

Hollywood Reporter grumbles about Jennifer Lawrence's 'baby fat'

(Newser) - Critics' attacks on actress Jennifer Lawrence for being too hefty to star in the Hunger Games are threatening to undo all the positives of having a strong female character in a megahit movie, say experts. The New York Times zinged the choice of Lawrence for the role because her "...

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