Long considered an affliction of women, eating disorders — the most deadly of all mental illnesses — are increasingly affecting men. The National Eating Disorders Association predicts that 10 million American men alive today will be affected, but that number is only an estimate based on the limited research available. The official criteria for diagnosing eating disorders were updated to be more inclusive of men only in 2013. And last year, Australian researchers writing in the Journal of Eating Disorders noted that “the prevalence of extreme weight control behaviors, such as extreme dietary restriction and purging” may be increasing at a faster rate in men than women.READ ARTICLE
Are all those three-hundred-pound high school football players a health crisis waiting to happen?
The first time John Jones played football for Cedar Hill High School, he was a 240-pound freshman who knew so little about the game he trotted into Longhorn Stadium with his shoulder pads on backward. He bumbled along for weeks, unimpressive in every position he tried. During a warm-up midway through the season, he finally found his footing on the offensive line and knocked the helmet off a guy from the opposing side. After that, he was a starter.READ ARTICLE
Reader’s Digest, April 2016
Clearing a clogged carotid artery could be a solution in search of a problem. During or after a Coloprocedure, bits of plaque may break free and lodge in the small vessels of the brain, triggering the stroke you’re trying to stop.
Eating Well, May 2015
Rather than negating the value of veggies, the underlying message is: you can’t count on easy, singular solutions. Just like the disease itself, diet advice is complicated. While experts still say plants are a major part of an overall pattern of eating that your body prefers, they now recognize that what you’re not having when you help yourself to broccoli may be as important as eating the vegetable itself.
This American Life NPR Radio Series
…She had been on the job exactly one day when she was assigned an intake interview on a kid named Kenneth. He had escaped from prison and had just been recaptured a couple of miles away in the woods of central Arkansas. He was to be her first assignment…