Friday, January 02, 2009

Support Project Feed Me

One aspect of food and eating that I rarely write about is the fact that many people in this country and elsewhere go hungry because they're poor. Now an enterprising group of Syracuse University freshmen is trying to do something about that.

Project Feed Me is designed to not just feed the hungry but to inspire young people to get involved with community projects. The group's founder, Patrick J. Alvarez of New York City, has organized turkey dinners in Harlem, banquets, and basketball tournaments. Now the group is looking for the next level of support, including corporate sponsors and partners, volunteers, and donations.

You can do something to help right now with just a click of your mouse. The group is in the running for a grant from Best Buy.All you have to do to help it win one is click here every day and vote for Project Feed Me. You'll also find out about some of the other cool projects up for grants, and since you have to vote for 2 every day, you'll have a chance to support some other groups as well.

My metaphorical hat's off to Mr. Alvarez and the rest of the PFM group, for doing more than sitting around talking about it. They're walking the walk. Give them a hand, won't you?

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Looking your best: One writer's (tongue in cheek) advice for dealing with the "obesity epidemic"

Pieces like this are just part of the reason I love the New Yorker magazine. Much better than the cartoons, IMO.

Enjoy, and happy new year!

Thanks to Caylin for the link!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Join a study, help yourself and others

In the spirit of the new year, here's a list of ongoing treatment studies looking for subjects. Joining a study is one way to not only contribute to the still-infant science of eating disorders treatment, but also get excellent treatment for yourself and those you love--for free.

May 2009 be a year when eating is a pleasure and not a terror or trouble to all of you.

San Diego, CA: UCSD Researchers Seek Males and Females with Anorexia Nervosa: The UCSD researchers are currently seeking adolescents and adults currently suffering from Anorexia Nervosa to participate in one of their three current studies. To qualify for any of the studies one must be at least 15% below ideal body weight and be fearful of weight gain, despite being underweight. Both adults and adolescents between the ages of 14-45 are needed to participate in a taste study and would be compensated for up to $70 for completing the assessments, taste tests and interview. Adults 18 years of age and older are needed to participate in a randomized control trial of the medication Quetiapine, in which they will receive either the study medication or a placebo. Subjects will be compensated up to $360 for completing study related assessments and the medication treatment. In addition, they are offering several months of family therapy treatment for families with adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 at no cost. The adolescents in this study will also be randomly assigned to receive either the medication Fluoxetine or a placebo. For more information, contact UCSD Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program at 858-366-2525 or email

San Diego, CA: UCSD Researchers Seek Women Recovered From an Eating Disorder: Help UCSD researchers understand what causes eating disorders. They are seeking female participants between 18 and 45 years of age who are recovered from Anorexia or Bulimia Nervosa. By participating in the study, subjects will be assisting physicians and researchers in developing new treatments for these complex and serious disorders. Subjects will be compensated for your participation in this study. For more information contact the UCSD Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program at 858-366-2525 or email

Maryland - Bulimia Research Study: The Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program is seeking women 18-40 years old with bulimia nervosa interested in a research study funded by the Klarman Family Foundation. The study includes a health assessment, blood testing and pictures of the brain taken using a medical scanner. Eligible women will be paid up to $400 for their participation and will be offered 6 weeks of outpatient treatment. Call 410-955-3863 or see this site for more information.

Massachusetts Research Study - Massachusetts General Hospital Study of Therapy for Bone Loss in Anorexia Nervosa: The Neuroendocrine Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital is conducting research studies on anorexia-induced bone loss. Their screening study is for men and women age 12-50 with anorexia nervosa. They are investigating causes of osteopenia (or bone loss) in the spine, hip, wrist and total body. The study involves one visit of approximately 3 hours. Their treatment study is for women aged 18-45 with anorexia nervosa and absent or irregular menstrual periods. They are investigating the combined use of a natural hormone and a medication that is effective for bone loss in postmenopausal women as a novel treatment for the bone loss seen in women with anorexia nervosa. They hope that the combination of these two investigational medications will help rebuild depleted bone and prevent further bone breakdown in women with anorexia nervosa. The study consists of 6 visits over 12 months. A stipend of up to $675 is awarded throughout the course of the study. If interested, call Erinne Meenaghan, NP at 617-724-7393 or email

Massachusetts: Bulimia Nervosa Study: Free confidential treatment is available to those who are eligible. Do you or someone you know binge eat? Do you or someone you know compensate by vomiting or other extremes? Do you or someone you know have severe moodiness or relationship problems? Researchers are now enrolling participants (ages 18-65) in a free treatment study investigating two active treatments, including education and counseling, for bulimia nervosa. If interested call 617-353-9610 or visit this site.

New York, NY: NIMH-funded, IRB-Approved Study of Adolescents with Bulimia Nervosa (ages 12 - 21 years). This study takes place at NYSPI/Columbia University and compensation is provided for participation ($100). For more information, contact Laura Berner at 212-543-5316. P.I.: Rachel Marsh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, phone 212-543-5384, email

New York, NY: The National Institute of Mental Health is sponsoring a multi-center international study to compare two types of family therapy as well as Fluoxetine or placebo (an inactive medication) in the treatment of adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. They are looking for families with an adolescent with Anorexia Nervosa between the ages of 12-18 years. Participation involves completing assessment interviews, questionnaires, and engaging in 16 family therapy sessions over the course of nine months with medication continuing for another six months. The study is being held at the Eating Disorders Research Program, The Westchester Division of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Contact the Research Coordinator, Samantha Berthod, MA at 914-997-4395.

North Carolina: The University of North Carolina's Eating Disorders Program announces a new clinical psychotherapy trial for bulimia nervosa. This study is comparing two different ways to deliver cognitive-behavioral therapy. (CBT) which is the treatment of choice for bulimia. Patients will be randomized (like a flip of a coin) to either face to face group CBT or internet-delivered CBT with a therapist-moderated chat group. There is no cost for participating in this trial. Eligibility Requirements: Male or Female, at least 18 years old, have a home computer with Internet access. Contact the Research Coordinator at 919-966-2882 or for more information.