6 Differences Between Picky Eating and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Ever wonder if your child’s picky eating is more than just picky eating? While the majority of toddlers and young children experience some type of picky eating as a normal part of their childhood development, there is a line where normal picky eating can become dangerous – and where medical and psychological intervention may be necessary.

With the help of virtual therapists, people with eating disorders tackle anxiety in grocery stores

Individuals with anorexia, binge eating disorder and bulimia often feel anxious and overwhelmed when surrounded by food. This anxiety can make grocery shopping and cooking a challenge.

A new form of telemedicine in which people can video-chat with a nutritional counselor while at the supermarket aims to help.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1 percent of Americans suffer from anorexia, a sometimes deadly psychiatric illness. Along with anorexia, millions of Americans also struggle with binge eating disorder.

‘Words can heal or do harm’: Policy addresses ways to reduce weight stigma

"Fat Bias Starts Early and Takes a Serious Toll” (New York Times, Aug. 21, 2017)
“High School Senior Bullied for Her Weight Commits Suicide” (US Weekly, Dec. 2, 2016)
“Fat Shaming Can Lead to a Host of Health Problems” (CBS News, Jan. 31, 2017)
“Obesity, Bias and Stigma in the Doctor’s Office” (Huffington Post, Nov. 2, 2016)

Vancouver author has a new book about her life with an eating disorder,

Bulimia is a lonely, secret, shameful disorder, says Vancouver author and artist Janet Ford.

She knows, having struggled with it for 22 years, since she was 14 years old.

Ford drew illustrations of how it feels to live with the disorder, and now those drawings are compiled in a new book, 100 Days of Bulimia.

"It's very, very personal," Ford told On The Coast host Gloria Macarenko.

Sleep Disturbance Common With Anorexia or Bulimia

Women with eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia may also experience significant trouble sleeping, suggests a small study in Egypt.

In a comparison of women with and without eating disorders, those with anorexia or bulimia reported insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness and other sleep disorders like sleepwalking or sleep paralysis much more frequently. Sleep monitoring confirmed their altered sleep patterns, researchers found.

Fracture Type Varies for Women With Anorexia and Oligo-Amenorrheic Athletes

Women with anorexia nervosa (AN) and oligo-amenorrheic athletes (OA) have been reported to have low bone mineral density (BMD) and an increased fracture risk. But when the 2 groups were compared, the prevalence of stress fracture was highest in OA, and nonstress fracture was greater in AN, according to new findings published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

ADHD Symptoms Directly Relate to Binge and Restrictive Eating

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms have a direct relationship to both binge and restrictive eating, a new study concluded.

Negative mood and deficits in a patient’s awareness of and reliance on internal cues that indicate hunger or fullness mediate the relationships, researchers in the UK from the University of Birmingham found.

Experts Confirm Obesity is not a Choice

TORONTO — Effective weight management is going to require a paradigm shift in they way healthcare professionals think about obesity, a leading expert in the field suggests.

Otherwise, patients are doomed to failure and blame, despite the fact the medical community should be shouldering some of the responsibility for not having developed more effective interventions, said Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD, director of the Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Virtual Reality Shows Promise in Treating Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be some of the most difficult mental conditions to treat. Unlike other anxiety or compulsion disorders, the main trigger for an eating disorder—food—is unavoidable. But a new paper suggests that visual exposure in virtual reality (VR) might help patients battle their eating disorder in a physician-controlled environment, complemented with traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Comorbid medical complications were common among adults admitted with EDs.

The importance of medical complications in ED is well recognized within the ED treatment community, but a comprehensive view of their frequency has been lacking. Now, a team of researchers has found “a substantial and troubling presence of medical complications” in the largest single-site study thus far of medical conditions reported among adults being admitted for eating disorders treatment. The study included 1026 adult inpatients and residential care patients admitted to the Eating Recovery Center in Denver from October 2012 to July 2015. Dr.

Caring for Transition Age Youth Using a new form of family-based therapy for a young age group.

Transition age youth (TAY), are teens and young adults from 16 to 25 years of age who, while seeking independence, still live with their family and/or receive substantial emotional and financial support, particularly when being treated for an eating disorder like AN. This is particularly true during treatment for AN. To better address this group’s needs and to improve treatment outcomes, Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos and colleagues conducted a multi-center study open trial of family-based treatment for TAY (J Canad Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry.

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