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Extremely thin models and actresses in the fashion and entertainment industry are largely shaping our current ideas of beauty. Yet at the same time, the public is becoming more aware of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia, with demand increasing for more effective measures to fight these diseases. As a whole, anorexia nervosa and bulimia are relatively rare diseases in society. Of those affected, 90% of them are women, establishing that particularly girls and women are especially vulnerable, and at an increased risk, of developing an eating disorder. Every one in five women is estimated to be affected by an episode of abnormal eating habits at least once during her lifetime. However, only 1% develop an actual case of anorexia or bulimia. Due to the low number of cases, men who suffer from anorexia have long been neglected by medical science. But in recent years this has changed, thanks to more available information, better education and an increased awareness. This has led to more frequently diagnosed cases of anorexia in men, however, the estimated number of unreported cases still remains high. At their root, bulimia and anorexia have many various psycho-social
Summer is approaching fast, and with it comes holidays! While those New Year’s resolutions might already be forgotten for many people, the start of beach season always renews the desire to lose weight. But not for medical reasons - most people want a slim figure and fast results. Magazines and online articles are filled with new diets and exercise regimes, with all of them promising visible results in just a few weeks. But in order to lose weight (regardless of the differing dietary philosophies), the en
For oncological patients, their nutritional condition and their body composition are the most important parameters used in their treatment. Recent studies over the past few years have focused intensely on these parameters and their influence on the risk of cancer, cancer prognosis and its treatment. Generally, obesity is considered to be an important risk factor in the development of a large number of tumors - but it's the type of fat distribution that seems to be related to the development of cancer. While hypodermic
In recent years, the number of reported diabetes mellitus cases has been steadily rising. But this worldwide development is not an adults-only problem: more and more, children and adolescents are becoming affected as well. Studies have shown that in
Since the end of the 19th century, scales have been part of the medical routine in hospitals and doctors' offices. Early on, seca pioneered the development of medical measuring and weighing systems and are now the global market leader. However, mode
The famous running track of 42.195 kilometers has an almost magical appeal for many ambitious runners. Often regarded as a the ultimate milestone, tens of thousands of amateurs and professionals will gather around the globe to undertake this physical and psychological challenge during the coming months. Participating in a marathon challenges the body in many ways, and requires sufficient training and proper preparation. Before the start of the training, an extensive medical evaluation is highly recommended, as participating in the marathon can have serious health consequences – particularly in regards to diseases of the cardiovascular system. Regular medical checkups not only minimize the health risks a runner is exposed to, but they can also effectively benefit a runner’s training. In the beginning, the GP can assess a runner's level of fitness by determining the strength of their cardiovascular and respiratory system as well as their overall body composition. The seca mBCA provides
The world is fat! For quite some time now, headlines such as this have been circulating in the media, summarizing a phenomenon that has been intensively investigated in recent years. Since the second half of the 20th century, the average weight of the population has risen steadily in most countries. Being overweight or obese is a reflection of our modern lifestyle. It greatly increases the risk of a variety of diseases and has considerable costs. In many countries around the world, between 50% to 75% of adults are over
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disease characterized by a permanently elevated blood glucose level and is associated with a variety of secondary complications such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, circulatory disorders and renal insufficiencies. The pathophysiological cause for diabetes is an inadequate insulin release or insulin resistance, which interferes with the glucose absorption from the blood into the body cells. In its first worldwide diabetes report, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported th
Over the last ten thousand years, humans, as a species, have developed at a rapid pace. But while our lifestyles and life expectancy may have changed fundamentally, our biology has remained largely the same during this rather short evolutionary period. It's because of this, that even today we hardly differ in our biology from our Stone Age ancestors. In many cases, this discrepancy between our lifestyle and our biology causes us to fall sick to diseases which are often referred to as 'civilization diseas
Mrs M has been suffering from an early form of Alzheimer's for two years. A year ago, she lost her husband and is currently living on her own, although her two children live nearby. In addition to her Alzheimer's, the 63 year old widow also suffers from arterial hypertension (high blood pressure), which she regulates with medication. The patient is otherwise in a generally good condition for her age. Her dementia was categorized as early onset Alzheimer's dementia and it was diagnosed by her GP as mild t