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Old 28th December 2005   #1
M. Lopez
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Default Dieting alters brain chemistry (article)

I hope that by now, everyone realizes just how self-destructive dieting can be. And not just excessive dieting. ANY dieting. That point is made in the following article, which reminds the reader how eating disorders and weight loss can ruin a girl's life:

The point that really got me was when one of the researchers revealed that dieting actually changes a girl's brain chemistry (yikes!), leaving her susceptible to eating disorders. I suppose most people suspected this anyway, but it's still a shock to know that this has been medically confirmed.

Here is the most important section:

"Since the late 1960s, the beauty norm has changed dramatically.

Marilyn Monroe's voluptuous figure soon was replaced by Twiggy's gaunt frame as the beauty ideal. An increase in eating disorders soon followed.

Research indicates some people have a genetic vulnerability that can kick-start an eating disorder when their brain chemistry is altered by dieting, he said.

"Genetics loads the gun and environment pulls the trigger. A girl with a tendency for eating disorders might think she wants to lose a few pounds, then it spins out of control before she realizes it," Johnson said.

Eating disorder sufferers typically are overachievers who put forth a false self and try to live up to a ridiculous ideal, Johnson said. They've lost perspective and are driven by unreasonable thoughts. "
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