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‘Yummy moms’ battle eating disorders

More and more women wanting to resemble ‘yummy mummies’ like Angelina Jolie and Victoria Beckham are turning to professional help to fight deadly eating disorders.
Experts have noticed a ‘sharp increase’ in women in their 30s and 40s developing disorders traditionally linked with adolescents, such as anorexia and bulimia.

The run for the ‘yummy mummies’ title was not ruled out in linking the onset or re-occurrence of an eating disorder, according to the Butterfly Foundation’s Julie Parker.

“There has been a very sharp increase in the number of women who are contacting us in their 30s and 40s requiring assistance. Any time a person’s body experiences significant physical change, such as a pregnancy or menopause, it increases the potential of them experiencing body image, self-esteem and weight-related concerns”, said Julie.

She added: “When magazines choose not to present women in a way that is real, particularly when it comes to how their body looks during and post pregnancy, it sends false and dangerous messages.”

Electromagnetic pulses beneficial for osteoarthritis

Henry Ford Hospital researchers have claimed that electromagnetic pulses significantly decrease pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis of the knee.

In the double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled study, 34 patients used a portable battery-operated device that emits a low-intensity pulsating electromagnetic frequency and experienced more than 40 per cent pain relief on their first day. “Our results show pulsed electromagnetic fields caused a significant decrease in pain”, says Fred Nelson.

The expert explains that in the laboratory, electromagnetic signals have been shown to decrease calcium in cartilage cells. This sets off a series of chemical events that can lead to reduced inflammation. Previously, the electromagnetic fields have been used to control pain related to cosmetic surgery.

“We are really fine-tuning what we are doing to the cell environment with a very specific pulse sequence and frequency,” says Dr Nelson.

Weight loss diets reverse arterial clogging

Healthy, long-term weight loss diets can significantly reverse carotid (main brain artery) atherosclerosis, a direct risk factor for strokes and heart attacks, a new study has found. The two-year study led by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has been published in ‘Circulation’, the leading journal of the American Heart Association.

In the study researchers used novel technique imaging of three-dimensional ultrasound at the beginning and after two years, measuring changes in carotid artery vessel thickening of plaque to determine whether diet can reverse atherosclerosis, a process that naturally increases with age. The research team compared three diets among moderately overweight, mostly male, participants.

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