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.

Does This Child Need Marijuana?

Dravet Syndrome is a severe form of epilepsy that affects children. Could marijuana oils alleviate their seizures?

Join the Discussion

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

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Does This Child Need Marijuana?

Inside a family's fight to use marijuana oils to treat epilepsy

Video

A Miniature 1950s Utopia

A reclusive artist built this idealized suburb to grapple with his painful childhood memories.

Video

Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her school. Then the Internet heard her story.

Video

A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

Video

'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

More in Health

Just In