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Specialist: dieting may lead to obesity
Compiled from Associated Press reports
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DURING his early exposure to
eating disorders, Castagna heard
horrifying statistics about the
prevalence of the problem. He was
told that as many as one out of five
female University students have an
eating disorder. Castagna found
only a handful of articles on
bulimia when he first went to the
medical library to research the
Castagna's first move as a
specialist in the field was in 1981,
when he formed a new out-patient
treatment group for anorexics. The
group was filled in less than two
weeks. Currently, his treatment
group consists of eight patients
formerly admitted to the in-patient
branch of the Eating Disorder
What struck Castagna most
about his new clientele was how
totally out of control his mostly
female patients - otherwise bright
and intelligent - felt.
Castagna said he had little
trouble implementing his idea for a
program after convincing the former
director of the outpatient clinic, Dr.
Van Houten, that there was a need
for this type of service, and that
they would make money on it. The
clinic charges a maximum fee of
$50; for each patient, it gets $32
back from the state.
The eating disorder program took
about a year to get started. After
Karen Carpenter died from anorexia,
Fridays in The Daily
"the phones rang off the walls," and
the clinic was in demand.
With the recent addition of an in-
patient ward at the new University
of Michigan Hospital complex,
Castagna feels that the Eating
Disorder Clinic has a
comprehensive program. '
THE AGES of clients in the
program ranges from 17 to 40 years
old, with the median in the mid-
20's. Sixty percent of the people
treated at the clinic are students,
Castagna explained, because of the
clinic's proximity to the
In the past five years the clinic
treated about 400 women and six
men. This corresponds closely to
the national average.
"We do not use diets in our
program," Castagna said. "We
concentrate on healthy eating...
You can imagine how hard it is to
convince a dieter that diets don't
work. Often people expect and even
want to be put on a diet when they
request treatment," he added.
The issue of obesity is
complicated and there are no easy
answers. For example, it is not just
a matter of an oral fixation,
Castagna explained. Scientists
recently found that there is no cure
for childhood-onset obesity, he
that the strongest prejudice that
remains in this country is the
prejudice against fat or obese
people. "No one seems willing to
tackle that problem," he said.
"Some people are built to be a
bit heavier than others," he said.
This kind of acceptance of body
weight is especially hard for women
today because of the strong media
emphasis on thinness.
"Seventy percent of all women
are on a diet today," Castagna said.
"And it probably isn't the first one
they've been on. Of course, I can
readily identify with those women
-I dieted for years."
Americans have assigned a value
judgment to eating, Castagna said.
Somehow, you're good if you don't
eat. He cited the example of
Wendy's restaurant's national
advertisements in which Wendy's
gives Americans a "license to eat!"
"Imagine needing a license to
fulfill a biological need. I believe
that is very exploitive," he said.
IN THE PAST, women who
overestimated their body size were
considered candidates for anorexia or
bulimia diagnoses, Castagna said.
Today, that is no longer a good
indicator because it is common for
women to overestimate the size of
"Also, when it comes right
down to it, nobody likes to diet. I
would like to see as many people as
possible attacking this in a very
Much of the research that has
been done on eating disorders uses a
biological approach. In the last five
or ten years, the study of dieting
and hunger have become legitimate
areas of scientific research.
Psychological and social factors
are at least as important as
biological ones, Castagna said. "In
time, bulimia and anorexia will
erode away the victims' self-esteem,
which adds to an already existing
Fl ie r upsets Couzens Hall residents
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letter to hall residents about the
incident, asking them to attend last
"I am shocked and appalled that
such an incident could occur in this
'enlightened' age at this institute of
higher education," McNaughton
Students attending the forum
expressed the same indignation.
"I read the letter and it hurt; it
hurt deeply," said Letheshia Ken-
nebrew, an LSA freshman.
Derynda Winston, another first
year student in LSA who attended a
.predominantly white private high
school, said, "The incidents that
have occured here are really shoc-
king. I never expected anything like
this to happen here... It really hurt
when I found out about this letter."
Kennebrew, Winston, and many
of the other students who attended
the forum expressed their willin-
gness to prevent such racial
incidents and establish commun-
ication between all racial groups.
Cortez Jones, a minority peer
advisor in Mosher Jordan, said
"Although it (racism) keeps rearing
its ugly head, I'm going to keep
.fighting it each and every day until
Jones also said that although
racism does occur in overt manners,
such as the flier, it is often more
subtle. Students pointed out that in
Couzens cafeteria, most black
students sit at one table, while
whites sit elsewhere.
Couzens resident Maureen
Dickerson, LSA freshperson, said
she was encouraged by last night's
forum. "The effort is still worth it,
after so many brushes of racism. I
was almost ready to stop fighting."
Taiwan hotel fire kills 18
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Fire swept through a hotel filled with Taiwanese
celebrating the Chinese New Year on Sunday, killing 18 people and
injuring 13, authorities said. Twenty people jumped into safety nets to
Most victims in the southern Taiwanese hotel died of smoke
inhalation, apparently unable to escape because of blocked exits,
according to officials.
No foreigners were among the dead, firefighter Lin Yi-chao said in a
telephone interview from Kaohsiung, site of the fire. Kaohsiung is 204
miles south of Taipei.
Fire officials said emergency exits were locked and blocked by
mattresses and by hotel supplies piled in front of them.
Militia leaders start secret
talks to find' missing envoy
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Intensive secret negotiations involving Syria,
Iran and Lebanese militia leaders have started to determine the fate of
missing hostage negotiater Terry Waite and to ensure his safety, a
senior militia official said yesterday.
"These hush-hush talks are in high gear," said the official, who
spoke on condition of anonymity. "The parties concerned are burning
up the (telephone) wires trying to ensure Mr. Waite's safety. Plenty of
Syrian and Iranian emissaries are shuttling back and forth." Waite,
personal emissary of Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie, flew to
Beirut Jan.12 on his fifth trio to Lebanon to win freedom for foreign
Israel rejects hostage swap
TEL AVIV, Israel - Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin rejected as
unthinkable yesterday a terrorist group's demand to release 400
prisoners in exchange for three Americans and an Indian held hostage in
Rabin said on a live Israel Army call-in radio show that the Jewish
state would not act as an "international bank" for terrorists.
He said no request had come from the United States or any other
government to free prisioners. He and other officials said Israel would
make no deals. Rabin said Israel had to consider first some of its own
people held hostage.
On Saturday, a handwritten statement delivered in Beirut in the name
of Islamic Jihad Organization for the liberaiton of Palestine threatened
to kill four Beirut University College teachers kidnapped Jan. 24 if the
prisoners were not freed in a week's time.
Steelworker walkout ends
PITTSBURGH - United Steelworkers members, ending a six-
month work stoppage at USX Corp. plants, begin returning to work
today under a newly ratified contract that swaps pay concessions for job
After a day of counting ballots, union officials announced late
Saturday that their members had ratified the contract by a vote of
19,621 to 4,045.
The industry's longest work stoppage ended on its 184th day.
"We're pleased that our employees have ratified the contract," said David
Roderick, chairman of the nation's largest steelmaker.
But owing to poor business conditions that forced USX, formerly
U.S. Steel, and five major competitors before it to negotiate labor
concessions, work at 25 USX plants in nine states will resume only as
Ruling bans stunts
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A hard Daily's, night
At about 3:15 a.m. Thursday night, two Ann Arbor policemen broke
up a party at the home of then-Editor in Chief Eric Mattson. The party
was to celebrate the end of the transition from the old editors to the new
(see Page 1).
The "two of Ann Arbor's finest" who broke up the party were
responding to complaints that the Daily staff members were making too
much noise and disturbing the peace. And we hadn't even started our
famous line dance yet.
When asked to comment on the break-up of the party, former Daily
News Editor and current City Reporter Jerry F. Markon responded,
"Well, it didn't really make much difference to me because I was too
imbibed to think about it."
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