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

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]

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

Presented by

The Atlantic Wire is your authoritative guide to the news and ideas that matter most right now.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Health

Just In