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Booze, Not Food, Say Drunkorexics

Booze, Not Food, Say Drunkorexics
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When youth-focused festivals hit the beaches of my British Columbia town, buff bodies are everywhere. Swim wear just shy of nudity is the dress code, and anyone with a less than perfect body simply stays out of sight.

A new study by Simon Fraser University (SFU) graduate student Daniella Sieukaran shows the cost young people are paying to keep trim. Rather than give up binge drinking, they give up eating.

Sieukaran surveyed 227 York University students who were 17 to 21 years old. At the beginning and end of the four-month study period, she logged their eating and drinking habits. She says, “I wanted to know the effects of dieting and heavy drinking over time.”

The SFU media release reports:

Sieukaran found that of three types of disordered eating — dieting, emotional eating, and eating in response to external stimuli rather than hunger — only dieting was associated with increased alcohol-associated risk behaviours.

“With the other types of disordered eating, there was actually a decrease in those types of behaviours,” she says. “So there’s a real connection between dieting and heavy drinking.”

She adds, “It’s a special group of drinkers that we should be focusing on in terms of prevention and treatment programs.”

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1:42AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

I agree with ANM, Darwinism at its best. They won't survive to reproduce. Better for the species that they don't.

1:27PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

A alcoholic is an alcoholic is an alcoholic. Let's not put them in categories, get them help.

11:00AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

These studies might be interesting on one level, but on the whole people whose main purpose is to be seen socializing with others in the appropriate stunning attire are really not the changemakers on this planet. I believe that targeting them with information will bring few results. What we need is a greater level of concern for the planet as a whole, and a person who cannot see beyond their sex-appeal and social acceptance, as far as I am concerned, is not going to benefit and takes everyone's attention off the real issues.
If we want young people not to drink too much, we should make it less attractive by, for example, not publicly putting up all sorts of age restrictions, which only serve to whet the appetite of every teenager so that he can circumvent the laws and really let rip when the time comes. Another kind of youth information system is needed than that.

3:53PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

thanks

7:21PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

and alcohal is legal, but not cannabis?!?!

11:24PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

nothing new, I grew up around *hippies* and most have died before 65, if they were lucky many went in their 40's 50's

6:54PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

HERE WE GO AGAIN.....FIRST AND FORMOST..I DETEST THE BEER AND ALCOHOL INDUSTRY...I LEARNED YEARS AGO TO BE LESS THAN MODERATE IF I WANTED TO REALLY ENJOY A DRINK...STILL AM LESS THAN MODERATE..NEVER A DRUNK ALTHO I WANT TO SADLY SAY ALLLLLLLL PRACTICALLY ALLLLLLLL OF MY FAMILY DRINK MUCH MORE THAN I EVER HAVE....NEXT TO TWO OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS...I HARDLY DRINK AT ALLL.....

THIS YOUNG GENERATION WILL BE SORRY FOR THEIR ANOREXIA AND BOOZING...SAD TO SAY..AND I AM A VICTIM OF THE BOOZE GENERATION ALTHO I NEVER PROMOTED THE BOOZE GENERATION BECAUSE I SAW A FAMILY MEMBER I LOVED BE CONSUMED BY ALCOHOL...AND THEN WHAT DOES THE BOOZE GENERATION AND IRISH DO TO ME..INFLUENCE MY SON TO BOOZE TOOOOOO MUCH.

SO POX ON YOU BOOZE COMPANIES ALTHO I ENJOY AN OCCASIONAL ALCOHOLIC COCKTAIL AND MAYBE ONE CAN OF MALT LIQUOR PER MONTH..NOW THAT I AM RETIRED...I STOPPED THE ONE OR TWO SMALL GLASSES OF RED WINE IN THE 1970'S I WAS TOO HEALTHY AFTER A WHILE TO DEPEND ON A GLASS OF WINE KEEPS THE DOC AWAY...ETC.

SO, HERE IS A SAD STORY FOR YOU BOOZERS.....MY SON HAD TO PAY SO MUCH CHILD SUPPORT OUT OF HIS PAY CHECKS AND HE WAS A DRINKER...SO WHAT DID HE DO WHEN HE NEEDED TO RELAX FROM HARDLY HAVING ENOUGH MONEY TO KEEP A ROOF OVER HIS HEAD SO HIS KIDS COULD COME VISIT ON WEEKENDS..HE DRANK A HALF A PINT AND WENT TO SLEEP....SO FORGE YOU YOU RICH BOOZER KIDS. AND FORGET YOU YOU GREEDY ALCOHOLIC COMPANIES AND YOUR BOOZE.

6:44PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Then again, why worry about idiots killing themselves? That's true Darwinism, after all.

5:47PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

There's nothing like lying disheveled in your own vomit after a night of binge drinking to do wonders for your body image. And since alcohol kills brain cells, constantly drinking too much isn't exactly going to help prevent you from becoming even more stupid and drinking even more. What a waste of your life.

4:15PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

“Apart from each other, depriving the brain of adequate nutrition and consuming large amounts of alcohol can be dangerous,” Osborne said. “Together, they can cause short- and long-term cognitive problems including difficulty concentrating, studying and making decisions.”

This is "Jersey Shore" propaganda. The producers just want us to think their 'stars' are really highly educated.

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