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More insights on ED behaviors: chewing gum and stress

Posted Sep 01 2008 7:12pm
One of the signs our daughter was struggling with her eating disorder was in increase in gum chewing (sugarless, naturally). This is well known as a common symptom of those unable to eat - the Minnesota Starvation study documented amazing amounts of gum use. This is usually interpreted as a way to satisfy one food-related urge without actually eating.

But another thing may be at play as well: new research finds chewing gum may reduce anxiety. Lower cortisol, better focus, better performance, less anxiety.

My favorite line in this report: "Study to be presented orally..."

The most "well, duh..." aspect: the study was done by Wrigley, a chewing gum manufacturer.
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