Thousands of young girls are using dangerous ‘pro-ana’ websites that encourage users to ‘starve for perfection’.
“Thinspiration” – where images of celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Keira Knightley are used to idealise a certain look.
Food addiction seems to be linked to the types of foods we’re consuming. Dr. Kelly D. Brownell, director of Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, notes that the human body is biologically adapted to deal with foods found in nature, not processed foods.
“We don’t abuse lettuce, turnips and oranges,” says Dr. Brownell, co-editor of the new book “Food and Addiction.” “But when a highly processed food is eaten, the body may go haywire. Nobody abuses corn as far as I know, but when you process it into Cheetos, what happens?”
Dr. David A. Kessler, the former F.D.A. commissioner, described these products as “hyperpalatable” foods created to tantalize our taste buds by focusing on the right combination of salty, sweet and fatty ingredients along with “mouth-feel.”
Dr. Brownell says that the brain science should lead us to question how food companies are manipulating their products to get us hooked. “With these foods, personal will and good judgment get overridden. People want these foods, dream about these foods, crave them.”
Dr. Pamela Peeke, assistant professor at the University of Maryland and author of “The Hunger Fix,” says that meditation and exercise can help engage the brain to overcome food addiction. As a heroin user might rely on methadone to alleviate withdrawal, food addicts, she says, should seek alternatives that still give pleasure — a fruit smoothie, for example, instead of ice cream.
Ben Goldacre … “I felt mislead … what a staggering difference there was between reality and what [we] could see in peer reviewed journals … this is a cancer at the core of evidence based medicine … research misconduct … the effect on patients is damning, and this is happening right now, today.”
Fall 2012 Issue of Integral Yoga Magazine, Yoga Therapy 2012,
Featuring Jon Kabat-Zinn, Durga Leela, Bo Forbes, Swami Ajaya, David Shannahoff-Khalsa, Grace Bullock and more…
- Eastern vs. Western Psychology—Sri Swami Satchidananda
- Every Thought Affects You—Swami Vishnudevananda
- The Nature of the Mind—Swami Asokananda
- Yoga Psychology Today—Laura Sevika Douglass
- Yoga of Recovery—Durga Leela
- Yoga, Vulnerability and Transformation—Bo Forbes
- The Mind’s Own Physician—Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Mantra as Medicine for the Brain—Catherine Ghosh
- Yoga: The Original Mind-Body Medicine—Ananda Bhavanani
- Healing into Wholeness—Kathleen Lea Summers
- Yoga Psychology: Where East Meets West—Swami Ajaya
- Medical Yoga: A Paradigm Shift—M. Mala Cunningham
The Healing Power of Yoga—Grace Bullock
- Yoga as an Alternative to Antidepressants—Bethany Butzer
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga—David Emerson
- Kundalini Yoga, A Sacred Therapy—David Shannahoff-Khalsa
- The Bridge of Yoga—Leonard Perlmutter
- A Healing Journey—Ken Lidden
…”To understand addiction, we need to know more than that someone has taken a drug that he likes. We need to know about the rest of his life, about his social support, his history of mental illness, education, employment, as well as his values and sense of meaning and purpose.
We need to know the dose of the drug and the setting where he takes it. We need to know his age and how his culture views behavior related to that drug and something about the level of stress and trauma he experienced as a child.
In fact, social factors like unemployment, education level, traumatic life experience and amount of social support for recovery are currently better predictors of recovery than any brain factors yet discovered. So far, pretty brain pictures don’t necessarily tell us much. A recent study, in fact, found that simply presenting data with such images—relevant or not—made people more likely to be convinced by the authors’ claims.
In short, addiction doesn’t begin—or end—with “pleasure centers in the brain.” If we’re going to address it effectively, we need to recognize this reality and devote as much time and money to studying social factors as intensely as we do the brain.Of course, that might mean looking at issues like unemployment, child abuse and poverty that are far more uncomfortable than saying “nucleus accumbens” or “brain disease” and being done with it”…
read more of this article from Maia Szalavitz, a columnist at The Fix.
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It was an honor to be asked to talk about Yoga of Recovery at last week’s satsang at Yogaville, VA. First part of recording is chanting and wonderful recorded talk of Swami Satchitananada. YoR talk starts around 1:03 and is about 40 minutes long. Like and share if you find it useful, thank you