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2011-02-22 16:53:20

UC researchers reveal a new social support group that's emerging on the Web "“ a secretive society to encourage negative behaviors associated with eating disorders. It can be a helpless and heartbreaking situation for families as they try to confront a family member with an eating disorder. What they may not know is that there's a society on the Internet that is dedicated to thwarting any recovery from this dangerous and possibly fatal behavior. University of Cincinnati communication...

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2011-02-07 11:20:44

The more time adolescent girls spend in front of Facebook, the more their chances of developing a negative body image and various eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and exaggerated dieting. This has been shown in a new study from the University of Haifa. Eating disorders include a wide spectrum of abnormal mental and behavioral conducts related to food and body weight, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. This study, conducted by Prof. Yael Latzer, Prof. Ruth Katz and Zohar...

2010-07-02 14:37:00

CHICAGO, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- For women with low self-esteem, poor body image and a certain genetic predisposition towards an eating disorder, the messages promoted on pro-eating disorder web sites can be similar to someone considering suicide finding a loaded gun on her pillow. Recent efforts to raise awareness of pro anorexia and bulimia web sites often pay little attention to deaths that may result from the actions of the web site operators, according to Dr. Kimberly Dennis, M.D., a...

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2010-06-18 09:15:00

Web sites that promote anorexia and bulimia offer interactive communities where site users can encourage one another in unhealthy eating behaviors, yet the majority of these sites also recognize eating disorders as a disease, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study, the first large-scale analysis of pro-eating disorder Web sites, points out the complex emotions that eating-disorder patients...

2008-12-10 12:55:00

Ana Luiza Rotta to discuss the rise of harmful and illegal content on the Web and detail global initiatives designed to protect minors MIAMI, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Optenet, a global IT security company and provider of high-performance content filtering solutions, today announced Ana Luiza Rotta, European projects director, was selected as a panelist at the Family Online Safety Institute's (FOSI) second annual conference: Safe at Any Speed: Rules, Tools & Public Policies to Keep Kids...

2008-09-24 12:00:17

MIAMI, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Optenet, a global IT security company and provider of high-performance content filtering solutions, today announced the results of a report showing that adult content on the Internet -- including pro-anorexia and bulimia, racism, violence and child pornography -- has significantly increased since the end of 2006. The report utilizes Optenet's unique traffic analysis and classification engine for dynamic traffic, which combines artificial intelligence with...

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2008-04-15 19:20:00

A new French bill may make glamorizing anorexia come to an abrupt halt, even in the fashion and advertising industries. The lower house of the French parliament adopted a National Assembly approved bill on Tuesday making it illegal to publicly provoke extreme thinness. In the next few weeks, the bill will go to the Senate due to its support from the conservative UMP party. If the law is passed, fashion industry experts have claimed that it would be the strongest of its kind in existence...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'