Picky eater or health problem? B.C. doctor talks about an unfamiliar disorder

For some children at the dinner table, it’s simply a matter of picky eating, but for others, it may be a legitimate eating disorder that brings anxiety, extreme weight loss and malnutrition.

To mark Eating Disorder Awareness Week, BC Children’s Hospital is focusing on a relatively unknown condition that only became a recognized diagnosis in 2013: avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, also known as ARFID.

Community Support Offers Hope for Students Living with Eating Disorders

There are a few clinically-recognized types of eating disorders in the American Psychology Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known commonly as the DSM V.

Anorexia nervosa manifests in behaviour which prevents maintenance of a healthy weight, including restricting calorie intake due to a fear of weight gain and distorted self-perception.

Binge-eating disorder refers to repeatedly eating large quantities of food regardless of hunger levels, and is often accompanied by feelings of guilt, depression, or psychological stress.

Genetics and Anorexia Nervosa – Anomalies on Chromosome 12

Eating disorders are biopsychosocial disorders, meaning, the behaviors are impacted by biology, psychology, and sociology.

Social aspects of eating disorders are often discussed. However, the biological aspect is one with which people are less familiar. Even so, the genetic aspects of anorexia nervosa (AN) are essential to better understanding the disease.

Binge Eating Disorder & Diabetes

Binge eating disorder (BED) and Type 2 Diabetes may seem unrelated. However, both are conditions that are far too prevalent in our society and the link between the two might be closer than you think.

Studies show that individuals diagnosed with BED have a higher prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes when compared to the general population [1].

Not only that, it appears that individuals diagnosed with BED have a higher risk of acquiring Type 2 Diabetes [1].

Positive body image linked to better — and safer — sex

Having a positive body image isn’t just associated with greater sexual desire and self-esteem — according to a new scientific review, it’s also associated with better sexual communication and safer sex.

“As a body image researcher, I’ve always been interested in the connection between body image and sexuality. It seems intuitive and both body image and sexuality are important parts of adults’ lives. Yet, there is not much research on this topic, particularly among men,” said study author Meghan M. Gillen, an associate professor of psychology at Penn State Abington.

Persistent low body weight in young kids increases risk for anorexia nervosa later, study finds

A new study has found that a persistent low body mass index (BMI) in children, starting as young as age 2 for boys and 4 for girls, may be a risk factor for the development of anorexia nervosa in adolescence.

We need to change the message: our bodies should not dictate how we feel about ourselves

We need to change the message: our bodies should not dictate how we feel about ourselves
Published on January 28, 2019
Dr Sarah Wells, Clinical Psychologist (Eating Disorders)

 

I often ask the patients I have seen, what do you really value about yourself? What is truly important to you? And how important is this?

Canadian Produce Marketing Association and Canadian Public Health Association welcome new Canada Food Guide

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) welcome the positive changes announced today in Health Canada’s unveiling of the new Canadian Food Guide Opens in a new window.

Delivering more effective exposure therapy in CBT

Exposure therapy is a behavior therapy technique for the treatment of fear and anxiety. Exposure therapy embodies the ‘face your fears’ maxim and involves encouraging clients to repeatedly face an object or situation which causes them anxiety.

Understanding the 'Chew and Spit' Eating Disorder

Among the lesser-known and less-studied eating disorder behaviors is that known as chewing and spitting. This activity consists of chewing food, usually food that is highly enjoyable and energy-dense, and spitting it out before swallowing. The intent of the behavior is to enjoy food’s taste while preventing the ingestion of calories. Chewing and spitting has some similarities to bingeing in that it involves consuming larger amounts of high-calorie foods than intended, but is also similar to restrictive eating in that the food is not actually ingested.

Yoga Therapy: A Healing Modality for Eating Disorder Recovery

Yoga therapy is a holistic healing modality that applies Yoga practices and philosophies to balance physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. As an individualized approach, the client’s goals are the focus of each session.

Common goals for individuals seeking yoga therapy include but are no means limited to lifestyle changes, health, stress, pain, emotional distress, and mental health.

Unlike a group yoga class, in which all the students follow a sequence led by the teacher, yoga therapy offers a highly personalized and therapeutic experience.

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