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There are several methods being explored to assess and train the body's ability to improve interoceptive accuracy (IA).

This article speaks well to attempts to understand high and low sensitivity to IA over eating disorders. In furtherance of research showing evidence that patients with anorexia show hypo-sensitivity / and patients with bulimia nervosa show hypersensitivity to cues of hunger.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7079488/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5990016/

An altogether worthy thing.

Adding to work demonstrating some benefits of interoceptive feedback - such as heartbeat perception - to help reduce adverse symptoms associated with various emotion-triggered conditions and disorders.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0005791618300648.

And since Interoception involves perception of information arising from any point within the body, involving signaling from the body to the brain involving hormonal, immune, and autonomic nervous pathways, Interoception has been acknowledged to be potentially associated with various emotional experiences and somatic symptoms.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6129986/

But there is more. Potentially, that is.

Promising potential in understanding and eventually alleviating chronic pain.

https://www.jpain.org/article/S1526-5900(24)00349-3/fulltext

Promising potential in identifying those pathways responsible for inflammation in the body; and someday opening fresh treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn's disease, psoriasis, and other autoimmune conditions.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2021.10.013.

Much more work needs to be done in most of this. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6129986/ .

But is it right for you, in the hear and now? While I am aware of several noted neurological institutes that offer interoceptive therapeutic programs, you would be well advised to first check with a trusted physician, for more information and some referal information, to determine if it is appropriate to your situation.

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Which once again proves that you cant do without therapy, so much hate towards yourself cant be out of nowhere, psychological childhood trauma is well capable of causing that.

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More people die from overeating, but hey fat is beautiful right?

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YuujuFeb. 7  01:34 pm JST

Which once again proves that you cant do without therapy, so much hate towards yourself cant be out of nowhere, psychological childhood trauma is well capable of causing that.

There is so much hate and fat-shaming among young females and it causes severe psychological and physical problems. Not every girl (or boy) is built the same to fit a standard template or dimensions and we need to realize that. We are not molded or made in assembly lines.

Females especially have that problem the worst. Note the hurtful, sexist and hateful things Trashtrump said to certain Miss Teen USA pageant contestants. They didn't need to hear that lippy crap. It's hurtful at 'best', if you can say that it is. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Teen models and some swimsuit models get the same pressures and bad vibes. They get pressured to starve themselves so much you can see their ribs. It's not very appealing, not 'sexy' because it's not healthy.

And then some pregnant women are bashed for 'looking like big fat cows'! After giving birth some of them get sassed off because they're not the same dimensions and weight they were before.

falseflagsteveFeb. 7  07:31 pm JST

More people die from overeating, but hey fat is beautiful right?

It's a woman's personality that 'turns me on' more than anything else. As long as she isn't lazy and 'pigging out', or being a sloth - that doesn't matter to me. People are built in various shapes, dimensions, heights. It's what she is on the inside that matters the most to me.

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Starpunk

No interest in being with an anorexic r obese woman regardless of their personality. They are all due to mental issues and in the case obesity generally greed, laziness and a lack of discipline. Also I am very active, I dash about the Duracell bunny and I expect my partner to maintain a decent level or fitness out of respect to herself and me.

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I dash about the Duracell bunny and I expect my partner to maintain a decent level or fitness out of respect to herself and me.

Good luck with that.

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Luck is not involved when you have a good work ethic, exercise daily, l an honest lifestyle, discipline, be happy and maintain a PMA ( positive mental attitude ) even through harder times.

Too many have “ailments” caused by poor lifestyle choices unlike anorexic people who are mentally Ill like the tans people, whereas obesity in the vast majority of cases self inflicted as are the ailments it causes.

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Too many have “ailments” caused by poor lifestyle choices unlike anorexic people who are mentally Ill like the tans people, whereas obesity in the vast majority of cases self inflicted as are the ailments it causes.

my friend. I see you are quite prejudiced against overweight people. Anorexic people you cut a slack because ‘they usually have a mental issue’. Havent you thought that obese people also suffer mental issues?

If you still in doubt just look at me, Im overweight but such a nice person :) I cant do sports or be on a diet because of health conditions but Im generous and kind :) I have a bunch of mental problems as well :D so your arguement is not credible unless you yourself are obese :D

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Starpunk

Teen models and some swimsuit models get the same pressures and bad vibes. 

not only them. I watched a video on youtube i think Asian boss that channel is. And they interviewed random girls on the street in Japan on the topic of sth about being fat/slim etc and most girls said they think themselves fat! Even though they were really slim! One of them said quite seriously that her boyfriend said she needed to lose weight because he felt ashamed to be with her in public and she agreed with that. Many said they were on some starving diets like eating only liquids. Its a sad reality.

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Yuuju

Not prejudiced against fat people mate. Just staying facts, most people are overweight due to consuming too many calories and not exercising enough.I didn’t say this applies to all obese people but in over 90% it is the case. I put in some weight after my beastly bike accident just over a year ago. Knee buggered up, nerves damaged in both hands and wrists sprained. Couldn’t do much at all, couldn’t hardly even feed myself for a couple of weeks. Lately been regaining my fitness, it’s hard work, it’s tiring but the majority of people can do that if they can be bothered to get away from their devices or sit in front of the box all evening snacking.

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didn’t say this applies to all obese people but in over 90% it is the case

your statistics is just too high. Also, you never know a true reason behind a person eating too much or not having energy/motivation exercising and you definitely cant make yourself a frame accordong to which everyone could be compared. Its s great thing you got back into shape though :)

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Yuuju

Nah, my statistics are right. We are in an obesity pandemic caused mainly by lifestyle choices. Look at pics of kids and adults from 60’s to 70’s, then see pics now. Hardly anyone was what we consider overweight then. People ate less processed foods, les snacking and used their bodies more. People are exploited by the ease of getting cheap food, however most cheap stuff people buy is unhealthy and low in nutrition. Lockdown during the pandemic caused more obesity as people in many countries were forced to stay in.

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People ate less processed foods, les snacking and used their bodies more

can agree about moving less but the quality of food got worse and healthy foods are not most people can afford.

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Luck is not involved when

Yes it is. You missed my point. In response to you saying this:

I expect my partner to maintain a decent level or fitness out of respect to herself and me

that's where you need luck. Respect is earned not by standards set arbitrarily by an individual; it is by earned by adherence to ethos of the society we live in. Frankly your standards are old fashioned, outdated, immature and regressive and have no place in modern society.

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Too many young women and girls with serious eating disorders too often lead to their deaths.

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Elvis

Least I’m healthy, slim and don’t need regular hospital visits. My partner and I had a mutual contract on our duties and chores etc before living together. Everyone’s a winner, bonnet de douche.

Jackandjill

You are correct sadly Hooghly far fewer deaths caused than by obesity, but fat is beautiful right?

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Not eating enough or overeating causes serious problems for the mind and body. A balanced healthy diet with three meals a day minus the snacks in between. There are many people unable to cope with it on their own and need help.

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Wallace

Very true, we live in a world where snacking has not become the odd treat but the norm you see. When I was little the only time I had cakes or pastries was on me birthday, Christmas or at weekends were we saw family.

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When I was little the only time I had cakes or pastries was on me birthday, Christmas or at weekends were we saw family.

@ FFS In the olden days, unhealthy lifestyles were common through ignorance of healthy living

Not eating enough or overeating causes serious problems for the mind and body

@wallace Indeed. For example, putting on a kilo of weight over the new year holiday period would be the sign of a very unhealthy lifestyle. And it's due to the wrong kind of education. For example, because something is marketed as reduced fat or less sugar, people choose that BUT eat more of it than the regular product because it is sold as healthy.

Cooking appliances, too The Airfryer maybe healthier than lard frying but it still produces fried food. Therefore, it is easy to consume too much of it because it is marketed as better. Many people overlook the health warnings in the manual. (Granted that is easy to do if you don't read Japanese). It really is a complicated situation.

My partner and I had a mutual contract on our duties and chores etc before living together. Everyone’s a winner,

@FFS Not sure about that. Brokering responsibility is not what adults do. We enhance each other's talents and abilities in a fulfilling relationship. Pull together and support each other. That's the win-win.

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Elvis is here

@wallace Indeed. For example, putting on a kilo of weight over the new year holiday period would be the sign of a very unhealthy lifestyle. And it's due to the wrong kind of education. For example, because something is marketed as reduced fat or less sugar, people choose that BUT eat more of it than the regular product because it is sold as healthy.

You know very little about my health and lifestyle. Last year I lost 7 kg in weight but still need to lose a few more. The weight increase was caused by my cancer and some of the drugs I need to take for treatment. Hormone therapy causes weight increase. Last week my latest blood tests came in at 100% including liver fat.

Our daily diet is a very healthy one.

You too often repost my comments out of context.

Cooking appliances, too The Airfryer maybe healthier than lard frying but it still produces fried food. Therefore, it is easy to consume too much of it because it is marketed as better. Many people overlook the health warnings in the manual. (Granted that is easy to do if you don't read Japanese). It really is a complicated situation.

You claim to have an air fryer but fail to understand how it works. Food in an air fryer is not fried. It is cooked quickly using hot air.

We don't use it daily. Mostly for baking bread.

Most days we prefer to eat foods made in our steamer. Last night it was steamed Chinese chicken.

Please stop posting I don't read or speak Japanese, something you have no evidence for. I will make an official complaint on that.

There is nothing in the air fryer manual about health warnings.

Japanese eat a lot of oil-fried foods. Using an air fryer is healthier. Many professional chefs are now using them.

Your post is offensive.

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You claim to have an air fryer but fail to understand how it works. Food in an air fryer is not fried. It is cooked quickly using hot air.

But it does fry the food as the instructions for air fryers typically call for tossing the uncooked food in 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil before cooking.

The machines could help with being overweight but my point is they should not be abused and taken as a substitute eating sensibly, healthy and in moderation.

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Oil is not used in all cases.

But it is used when cooking food such as French fries (chips for the UK) which is the kind of food that is associated with bad health. My point is these machines can give a false sense of security to people (not you. I not am implying you at all) and can obscure a bad diet. 

We follow a 沼 ダイエット for most of the week and might let our hair down on a Friday night

They also use less power which is a good point. 

With respect to health, that is irrelevant.

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Many Japanese eat oil-fried foods every week but I think those and the use of air fryers are not related to the topic of eating disorders.

"The number of people aged under 20 in Japan who were newly diagnosed with anorexia -- a commonly known eating disorder -- in fiscal 2020 increased by about 1.6 times compared to the previous year in what may be a consequence of lifestyle changes triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, a survey by the National Center for Child Health and Development in Tokyo has revealed."

70 million people are living with different eating disorders globally. 36. Of all the countries in Asia, Japan records the highest rates of eating disorders.

https://www.crossrivertherapy.com/eating-disorder-statistics#:~:text=Number%20Of%20People%20With%20Eating%20Disorders&text=70%20million%20people%20are%20living,highest%20rates%20of%20eating%20disorders.

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OCD is the most common anxiety disorder to co-occur with eating disorders. Several studies report that a significant comorbidity exists between those with eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia and OCD.

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Jackandjill

Well, lots of people are turning mental these days. Pandemic made this far worse by scaring people into believing everyone was at the same risk, it's bound to cause stress related mental illnesses to occur or worsen.

It's a sad indictment on modern society that this happened.

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The covid period led to an increase in eating disorders but probably too early to have any meaningful figures. Working from home increased people's snacking.

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The covid period led to an increase in eating disorders but probably too early to have any meaningful figures.

Indeed. It was a very stressful people for everybody.

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*stressful time

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The article is American-based. What eating disorders do the Japanese have? Obesity rates are low.

"Abstract. Prevalence of obesity (BMI or = 30) in Japanese adults (aged 20 years and over) was 3.8% in males and 3.2% in females (National Health and Nutrition Survey, 2010), being quite low compared with other countries listed in the Global Database on Body Mass Index (WHO)."

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23631195/#:~:text=Abstract,Body%20Mass%20Index%20(WHO).

"Eating disorders have been increasing in Japan since the 1980s—despite the country's historically low obesity rates. A Japanologist explains the country's cultural obsession with being thin."

https://www.vice.com/en/article/4xkjm3/why-eating-disorders-are-on-the-rise-in-japan?callback=in&code=MTU0ZWNLOTATNDFIMI0ZZTC2LTK4NJQTZGUZZJM3ZDM5YMIZ&state=2eb3b2eb559342e3a98d8a94a819d0c9

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