Research reveals help for eating disorder patients

More people are dying from eating disorders than any other psychiatric disorder, and one Cornell College professor has discovered a way to help women by significantly reducing eating disorder symptoms in those who are struggling.

Professor of Psychology Melinda Green and her team recently examined 47 women in Eastern Iowa who suffered from eating disorder symptoms, recruiting women through social media, fliers posted in practitioners' offices, local schools, and announcements in local media. The researchers used what's called a dissonance-based eating disorder program.

Given time, most women with anorexia or bulimia will recover

Around two-thirds of those with either eating disorder found to have recovered two decades after seeking treatment.  Contrary to what is often believed, around two-thirds of women with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa will eventually recover from their eating disorders, new research concludes.

Uncomfortable with Compliments? Taming the Inner Critic in Therapy

Praise People Speech Bubbles Compliments Words 3d IllustrationMany people we work with as clinicians struggle to take a compliment. It doesn’t matter if the compliment comes from a loved one, a stranger or a trusted source, like a therapist. The struggle goes much deeper than manners, modesty or cultural norms.

3 Ways to Help Clients to Practice Self-Compassion

Self Compassion ConceptIn the past, there was a big push among clinicians in regards to helping clients to improve their self-esteem. However, there has been a substantial amount of research to suggest the benefits of helping people to practice self-compassion.

[1] Self-esteem is often hinged upon external factors that individuals do not have complete control over. Thus, an individual’s sense of self-esteem could fluctuate based on their perceived successes and failures. However, self-compassion is a powerful resource that is always available.

Have Your Say: Consultation on front-of-package nutrition labelling

Consultation on front-of-package nutrition labelling

Who's failing whom? Treatment retention for eating disorders

I find the idea of treatment retention for eating disorders to be quite interesting. Mostly, I find it intriguing to dissect the way that authors write about treatment retention – that is, how they tend to look at factors within people that make them more or less able to complete treatment, rather than things about the treatment that serve or don’t serve people’s needs.

US: Congress Just Passed The First Ever Eating Disorder Legislation

Eating disorder advocacy, prevention, and treatment groups are celebrating this week. The reason: For the first time, eating disorders—including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder—are now recognized in a piece of federal legislation. The bill is called the 21st Century Cures Act, and part of it will increase eating disorder prevention efforts and make access to treatment easier. The Senate voted 94 to 5 to approve it. It passed in the House of Representatives last week, and all it needs now is President Barack Obama's signature for it to become a law.

ARFID could be to blame for so-called picky eaters

Nothing is more basic to human growth and development than food, but for some, including a lot of children, that relationship is fraught with fear.

Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is a type of eating disorder where the consumption of certain foods is limited based on the food's appearance, smell, taste, texture, or a past negative experience with the food. It is a physical response to one or more foods that can feel life threatening to someone with ARFID.

Canadian food policy is not the answer to obesity: Harvard professor

Canadians’ ever-expanding waistlines are not going to be shrunk by a Liberal promise to develop a National Food Policy, a top Harvard professor says.

Excess social media use is causing eating disorders, finds Canadian study

A new study in psychology finds that youth with body image concerns are more likely to spend excessive amounts of time on social media sites, contributing to eating disorder behaviour.