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World Hunger, Rising Obesity, Anorexia: which nutrition group to stress on World Food Day? @FAOWFD #wfd2013


Ironically, while we try to end world hunger, we are also fighting the twin wars of rising obesity and anorexia. The Centers of Disease Control says 35% of US adults are obese and 69% of US adults are overweight (including obese).  A Brown University study says 0.5% to 3.7% of females will suffer from anorexia in their lifetimes.  About 5-15% of total anorexics will be men.  Anorexia is significant weight loss due to an intentional starvation for “beauty”.

Pursue Natural has a suggestion on how to solve obesity and anorexia while helping stop world hunger: Encourage such individuals to actively participate in ending world hunger activities by actually interacting with starving people around the world.  The interaction between these groups will leave a lasting impression.  On one hand, hunger when there is no other option other than to starve versus intentional hunger to become thin (Anorexia) and on the other hand, an obese individual whose calorie needs are not sustainable by  his/her genes (obesity and genes).  Our select collection of photos here emphasize these three groups.

Photos on nutrition

Hunger exists in parts of the world where generosity and kindness is lacking among leaders and influential people. You can do something about it.

Finding enough fish to feed increasing population numbers -The Fisherman on the River Ganga (Ganges) by Sumit Sen

Finding enough fish to feed increasing population numbers -The Fisherman on the River Ganga (Ganges) by Sumit Sen

Hunger: No obesity exists among the displaced citizens of the world

Hunger: No obesity exists among the displaced citizens of the world

A new USA 2013 citizen - with the promise of no hunger, obesity or anorexia?

A new USA 2013 citizen – with the promise of no hunger, obesity or anorexia?

Mayor Bloomberg wants to restrict sugared drinks to 16oz size max

Mayor Bloomberg wants to restrict sugared drinks to 16oz size max in New York City to conquer obesity

Adults often try to make healthy food choices

Adults often try to make healthy food choices

It is quite difficult even for adults to resist such candy choices

It is quite difficult even for adults to resist such candy choices

Weight issues haunt the young in USA

Weight issues haunt the young in USA

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New York City introduces subsidized bike rentals to ride your way out of obesity

New York City introduces subsidized bike rentals to ride your way out of obesity

Hunger Obesity BrainObesity 2013

How to grow enough rice for exploding population growth - A rice field in Korea

How to grow enough rice for exploding population growth – A rice field in Korea

Modern grocery stores promised better food than such local farmer shops could provide.

Modern grocery stores promised better food than such local farmer shops could provide.

A severely Anorexic woman  - who intentionally starved herself to feel "more beautiful"

A severely Anorexic woman – who intentionally starved herself to feel “more beautiful”

Buy this placemat to end hunger program by Church World Service CWS - What can you do? Order Online or call 1-800-297-1516

Buy this placemat to end hunger program by Church World Service CWS – What can you do? Order Online or call 1-800-297-1516

Be a part of the solution and learn, get inspired and take action
We can end hunger. The body needs a certain amount of energy or calories from food to keep up basic life functions. Obesity rates have more than doubled in adults and children since the 1970s and continues to be a leading public health problem in the US (Food Research and Action Center).

Join the global movement to end hunger
The World Food Day theme for 2013 is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”. A noteworthy discussion is posted by Worldlife Conservation Society, “World Food Day: A Time to Embrace the farming We Want”, where they stress the crucial challenge in conserving biodiversity.

World Food Day is celebrated every year on October 16 to honor the date of the founding of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations on 1945. Every year a different theme is adopted and most center around agriculture.

End malnutrition and hunger through education
Prevent intergenerational malnutrition and hunger by promoting education of women and girls. Read this 40 page 2013 article on Right to Food- Global Strategic Framework – women/gender.

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Do Anorexics and Autism Spectrum Disorder share any common characteristics?


Yes, say scientists in the journal, European Eating Disorder Review, published in 2011. Read the article by clicking here. They speculate if anorexia nervosa (AN) a version of autism spectrum disorders (ASD)?

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There are reports of disturbed processing of oxytocin (Odent, 2010) and dysdiadochokinesis (a neurological soft sign associated with developmental disorders) in both AN and ASD (Råstam, 1992; Råstam, Gillberg, & Wentz, 2003; Tchanturia, Morris, Anderluh, Collier, Nikolaou, & Treasure, 2004). Furthermore, AN and ASD appear to co-exist within families (Gillberg, 1985; Comings & Comings, 1991; Steffenburg, 1991) indicating that these observed similarities may reflect a direct genetic link.

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Based on the proposed similarities between the cognitive profiles of the disorders, it was hypothesised that ASD and AN groups would not perform differently across tasks.

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Read the article by clicking here.

What were the authors results?
Cognitive profiles of the groups were statistically similar, except for differences in the relative patterns of empathy scores. Interestingly, the scientists note that the triad of behavioural impairments (social impairment, communication impairments and restrictive and repetitive behaviours) are noted to cluster together and co-occur above chance expectations, even outside of a diagnosis of autism (Happé & Ronald, 2008; Wing & Gould, 1979). Yet, this clustering of all three cognitive features within a disorder appears fairly specific to Anorexics(AN) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The scientists add: There are, in fact, significant differences between the disorders. Whilst AN has more recently been described as a developmental disorder (Connan, Campbell, Katzman, Lightman, & Treasure, 2003), there are differences in age, gender and developmental stage of onset and there can be an association of low IQ and learning difficulties with ASD that is absent in AN.

Limitations The scientists list several limitations to this study.

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What is Anorexia?

A severely Anorexic young woman


For those of you who do not know the current crisis of the eating disorder of young women and recently, young men, you might find this review very informative. I must warn you that some of the photos are quite disturbing. It includes a historical narrative of the changing image of the female body and shows the modern ‘anorexic’ women photos, some of whom have crossed the extreme and are dying. Now, it is happening to young men. I have no photos of young men here since it is a newer trend, probably. To see the photos and read the article on anorexia click here.

What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
An autism spectrum disorder (ASD), also called a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). The Massachussetts General Hospital says ASD is a biological brain disorder that significantly affects an individual’s ability to understand people, interpret events, communicate, and interact with others. These disorders are described as occurring on a spectrum because of the wide variability of impact they may have on everyday functioning. The scope, variety, and severity of symptoms differ in each individual, but in general, autism spectrum disorders are characterized by:

Difficulty with communication
Impairments in social skills and understanding of how to engage and interact with others
Unusual behaviors and interests (such as attachments to unusual objects or speaking in cartoon or movie scripts)
Read more.

 

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Can Anorexia induced deficient blood for monthly periods be reversed?


The Chinese Traditional Medicine formula Xiao Yao San, a mixture of medicinal plant roots have been used to treat symptoms of deficient blood. The three herbs include Bupleurum radix (Chai hu), Angelica sinensis (Dang gui) and Paeonia sp. (Bai shao) and may include others. I discuss the components and mode of action of Chai hu below and have previous articles on Dang gui and Bai shao.

Anorexia is a problem among young teens who are extremely image conscious and have a desire to look very thin. In their zeal they eat too little and over exercise. This is a ‘disease’ of the wealthier girls because poor girls value food and are hungry. The rich girls have plenty of food but they are bombarded with images of thin celebrities and aim to reach that ideal, unrealistic goal. Some girls die before they can be hospitalized. In most girls their periods stop because of many internal reasons. Modern medicine is unable to quickly ‘cure’ this symptom of anorexia. Doctors try to make the girls aware that they are losing bone mass due to lower calcium stores in their body, which will develop into early osteoporosis. The girls refuse to understand and continue to starve themselves. Many need to be hospitalized.

Traditional medicinal treatment of anorexia involves a team of doctors – the family pediatrician, a nutritionist, and a pshychiatrist. They can meet for seven years and not get a cure, which is getting the periods back and a normal BMI or Body Mass Index. There are several published articles on curing anorexia. Traditional Chinese Medicine in combination with a protein, carbohydrate and fat rich diet should be strongly encouraged because anorexia is an ancient disease and achieving normal blood flow has been achieved. Modern medicine may prescribe birth control pills which may induce periods but when stopped the periods stop too. Also, sometimes the teens are too young and it simply feels wrong to prescribe birth control pills. I would urge parents to learn about this natural option, which is far safer for the child.

Chai hu,  is a popularly used medicinal plant dried root in Chinese traditional medicine in a multicomponent mixture of herbs. Yamakage and colleagues (Am. J. Chi. Med., 2006) showed that the extracts of Bupleurum radix activated spontaneous lymphatic vasomotion and lymph flow. Heldon and Zhao (CEPP, 2000), showed that lymphatic vessel vasomotion, a rhythmic contraction is controlled by the Calcium store and it can be near synchronous over large vessel lengths and involve many cells.

Chai hu

Several published Chinese scientific articles discuss the components of Chai hu. A chromatographic analysis shows that Saikosaponins are the main components of which SSa and SSd are in largest concentrations (Xu, Huang, & Zhang, School of Pharmacy, Shanghai; 2008). Chen and colleagues (2007) have shown that Saikopanin c could prevent the development of nephritis in mice and hence could modulate renal or kidney disease. Click here for photo source.

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