From Across the Desk

In each issue, we report on articles we think you will enjoy and that offer new approaches and/or techniques for treating patients with eating disorders. Some studies produce controversial results, but we try instead to find studies that produce helpful information that will aid readers in their practices. The original article can then supply more in-depth details. We also like to include links to net information and websites that might also be helpful.

In this issue, look for an original article addressing the ongoing challenge of identifying and treating middle-aged women and men at risk of an eating disorder, by Kirsten Book (see “Eating Disorders Later in Life”). Some of the barriers for older patients include shame and embarrassment, comparison with younger patients, or believing that only teens and young adults develop eating disorders. For men, reactions to signs of an eating disorder during retirement or body changes natural with aging may include restricting food intake, and overexercising. Shame may keep them from seeking help for disordered eating. Another barrier may be underlying anger.

Two bills in Colorado are nearing approval in the Colorado Senate. State Senate bills 14 and 176 are aimed at improving care, advancing prevention by establish new facilities, improving education and treatment, improving access to treatment, and restricting harmful drugs, such as diet pills. Colorado eating disorders experts reported that monthly sign-ups for support groups have increased by 1,000%, largely due to the COVID epidemic.

Finally, a newer study looks at genetic factors in those with avoidant resistant food intake disorder, or ARFID. The authors of the Swedish study state that their results show that ARFID is “among the most heritable of psychiatric disorders.”


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