Eating Disorders: The Power Semantics in Self and Other Repertory Grid Representations: A Comparison Between Obese and Normal-Weight Adult Women.

The Power Semantics in Self and Other Repertory Grid Representations: A Comparison between Obese and Normal-Weight Adult Women.

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Front Psychol. 2012; 3: 517
Faccio E, Belloni E, Castelnuovo G

According to systemic-constructivist theory, all psycho-pathological organizations are linked to specific meanings which are developed by the individual within problematic situations in the context of learning, particularly within the family. The aim of this empirical study is to support the theory that eating disorders are linked to the “power semantics,” concept developed by Ugazio. The hypothesis that the bipolar construct “winner/loser” and the associated meanings are predominant for obese people, has been verified by interviewing 44 women (22 obese/overweight; 22 controls) using the Repertory Grid Test developed by Kelly. The participants’ elicited constructs were classified according to their semantic content and the data compared using statistical techniques. The power semantics were more prevalent and important in the Obese Group than in the Control Group. These results are critically discussed, highlighting possible clinical developments.
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Eating Disorders in Adolescents with Type 2 and Type 1 Diabetes.

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Curr Diab Rep. 2012 Dec 25;
Pinhas-Hamiel O, Levy-Shraga Y

Diabetes is associated with increased risk for eating disorders; with different types of eating disorders associating with different types of diabetes. Binge eating disorders show increased prevalence among individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Intentional omission of insulin for the purpose of inducing weight loss presents among individuals with type 1 (T1DM). Similarly, some individuals with T2DM intentionally omit oral hypoglycemic drugs, resulting in poor glycemic control, and weight loss. Common dominators for the development of eating disorders in T1DM and T2DM are female gender, increased body weight, body dissatisfaction, a history of dieting, and a history of depression. Patients tend to deny the existence of the problem. Clinical signs that should raise suspicion are: poor glycemic control, missed clinical appointments, recurrent episodes of diabetes ketoacidosis, recurrent hypoglycemia secondary to intentional overdose, poor self-esteem, and dietary manipulation. Eating disorders are associated with poorer glycemic control, and therefore increased risk of diabetes associated comorbidities.
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Self-Reported Eating Rate Aligns with Laboratory Measured Eating Rate but Not with Free-Living Meals.

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Appetite. 2012 Dec 20;
Petty AJ, Melanson KJ, Greene GW

Methodological differences may be responsible for variable results from eating rate (ER) studies. It is unknown whether self-reported, lab-measured, and free-living ER’s align. This study was the first to explore relationships among self-reported, laboratory-measured and free-living ER’s. We investigated this relationship in 60 randomly selected male and female college students who were stratified by self-reported eating rate (SRER) (Slow, Medium, Fast) from 1110 on-line survey respondents. Test day; subjects ate a prescribed breakfast (?400kcal) at home, recording meal duration (MD); 4h later they individually ate an ad libitum laboratory pasta lunch at their own (natural) pace; remainder of the day they recorded free-living intake and MD. As expected the three self-reported ER categories aligned with lab ER (Fast=83.9±5.5, Medium=63.1±5.2, Slow=53.0±5.4 kcals/min). In all ER categories at all meals, men ate faster than women (Men=80.6±30.7kcals/min: Women=52.0±21.6kcals/min). A difference in lab measured ER by SRER F= (2, 58) = 7.677, post hoc Tukey analysis found fast differed from medium and slow. The three free-living meal ER’s did not align with self-report categories. Findings suggest various methods of measuring ER may yield differing results, at least in this population, but results support the use of SRER as a valid measure.
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