One of the issues in Social Sciences that is often utilised is whether a problem is necessary and sufficient. While it is easy to confuse the two, one is a necessary condition and the other, given the necessary condition, is sufficient to make it happen. For example, it’s necessary to have food available if someone is going to survive. What’s sufficient, however is the conditions that connect the person and lead to the person over-eating. One stage is necessary; the other one makes the event happen. (more…)
December 9, 2008
May 18, 2008
Slim chance by Linley Boniface
This story in the NZ Listener (May 17-23 2008) on male sufferers of eating disorders begins by noting the negative media reaction to the revelation that British politician John Prescott was bulimic.
Dr Fishman was asked to contribute. (more…)
May 10, 2007
The organisers of New Zealand’s Fashion Week are taking an independent stand in the international debate over which models are too thin to do their jobs. Various international fashion weeks have issued guidelines and rules about how skinny is too skinny for the catwalk. (more…)
March 14, 2007
This article by Dr Charles Fishman was published in Healthy Options Magazine, May ’07.
In New Zealand, one in three children is overweight or obese, a fact which has instigated a $76 million campaign by the government to fight the epidemic. While this action is to be applauded, kids are increasingly being exposed to ‘perfect bodies’ as portrayed on TV, in films, in magazines … just about everywhere. Younger and younger children are dangerously dieting in an attempt to lose or avoid gaining weight. (more…)
March 1, 2006
Welcome to the New Zealand Eating Disorder Specialists blog, where I can share my views on interesting cases and what’s happening in New Zealand and internationally with eating disorders treatment. I also trust readers will find it a useful forum to get information and to anonymously tell their stories and experiences and get feedback. (more…)