Guidelines to prevent teen eating disorders and obesity

A single approach can prevent both obesity and eating disorders in teenagers, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Healthy Plate focuses on healthy eating behaviours, not excess weight


Workshops raise health care providers’ awareness about weight bias.

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Three Things Therapists Need to Remember About the Teenage Brain

As helping professionals, it’s important for us to be able to make sense of the way teens act. Behavior makes sense when we understand what causes it and the most effective adult responses become clearer when the nature of adolescent development is revealed. The brain is a great place to start.

Here’s how parents need to approach teen obesity, eating disorders, according to new guidelines

Dr. Kristin Von Ranson, a clinical psychologist at the University of Calgary, joins Global News with details on the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and what you can do if a loved one needs help.

Treating the Person and Not the Illness: Why Behavioral Health Needs Interoperability

According to SAMHSA, approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014. In fact, individuals who have mental health disorders are more likely than individuals without mental health disorders to experience Substance Use Disorder.

Visions Magazine: Body Image edition


Women appear to be more accepting of their bodies/weight

Despite growing rates of obesity and a culture apparently obsessed with selfies, women today appear to be more accepting of their bodies than in the past, at least in regard to weight, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 124th Annual Convention.

"While women consistently report being more dissatisfied with their bodies than men as far as thinness is concerned, that dissatisfaction has decreased over the 31-year period we studied," said Bryan Karazsia, PhD, of The College of Wooster, who presented the research.

Activating dopamine neurons could turn off binge-like eating behavior

While binge eating affects about 10 percent of adults in the United States, the neurobiological basis of the disease is unclear. Researchers at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital found that certain neural circuits have the ability to inhibit binge-like eating behavior in mice. Their report appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

Trauma Uninformed

As a psychotherapist with more than 30 years of experience in mental health, currently working in the EAP field, I was very excited about the opportunity to receive training in critical incident stress management.  The fact that my training was going to be provided by Jeffrey Mitchell himself only added to my sense that I was going to increase my therapist tool kit substantially.

Eating disorders ignored by mental health programs

By Leora Pinhas, a psychiatrist working in the field of eating disorders. 

The results of a major biennial Ontario mental health survey released last month failed to include any data on eating disorders, a life-threatening group of disorders that are common only in girls.

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, which questioned thousands of students from Grade 7 to 12 and is conducted by the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), contains 600 pages of findings in what is considered important today in adolescent mental health.