Today in Research: Bulimia Does Not Work; Too Many Sore Winners

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Discovered: The ice caps are melting, bulimia does not work, the recession is killing young people and sore winners are more of a thing than sore losers.

  • Bulimia does not work. In addition to bulimia involving all kinds of health risks, new research has concluded that it's also not terribly effective as a weight-loss technique. Looking at two groups of women with bulimia, researchers found that the participants reached their highest weight after developing the disease. "Most patients lose a lot of weight as part of developing this disorder, and all dedicate significant effort, including the use of extreme behaviors, to prevent weight gain," said researcher Jena Shaw. "In spite of this, we found that most women also regain a lot of weight while they have bulimia," she continues. Maybe tell that to those kids with their pro-bulimia "ana-mia" Tumblrs? [Drexel]
  • Sore winners are more common than sore losers. The glory of winning isn't enough. "It seems that people have a tendency to stomp down on those they have defeated, to really rub it in," said researchers Brad Bushman. Losers, on the other hand, don't change their behavior, found new research from Ohio State University. In three separate studies winners got aggressive with their opponents. "Losers need to watch out," he continued. [Ohio State]

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