Collaborative Care in Eating Disorders and Non-Negotiables: Why do we need them and how do they work?

Imagine these scenarios…

You’ve been seeing a patient with severe anorexia nervosa for a number of weeks in therapy. Together, you have begun addressing and thinking about the core features that have contributed to the eating disorders onset and maintenance. But recently the patient’s weight has begun to drop, and she has not been seen by her GP. She says that she has fainted several times in the last week. You raise the issue of her going into hospital, but she says “that’s the last thing I want to do…”


Brain differences may be tied to obesity, kids' study says

New results from the largest long-term study of brain development and children’s health raise provocative questions about obesity and brain function.

Does excess body weight somehow reduce brain regions that regulate planning and impulse control? Is obesity a result of that brain difference? Or are eating habits, lifestyle, family circumstances and genetics to blame?

Previous studies in children and adults have had conflicting results. The new research doesn't settle the matter and outside experts cautioned that misinterpreting it could unfairly perpetuate weight stigma.

My brother and I were total opposites, except for one thing: We almost starved ourselves to death

When Bob Kerr’s anorexia took hold, his parents panicked. They had already watched another son waste away

Growing up, my younger brother and I could not have been more different. John was athletic, a straight-A student, an overachiever. I was a chubby kid who lounged around the house, snacking on junk food and watching TV.

However, as different as we were, we both nearly starved ourselves to death — my brother when he was in grade six, myself when I was in college.

Until now, we've never really talked about it.

A gateway to eating disorders

Young women’s use of diet pills, laxatives for weight control linked with later diagnosis...

Among young women without eating-disorder diagnoses, those who used diet pills and laxatives for weight control had higher odds of having a having a first such diagnosis within one to three years than those who did not report using these products, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital.

The Power of What We See: An Examination of Weight Bias in Television Programming

The human brain processes images 60,000 times faster than words.

How do these suboptimal medical outcomes challenge the recovery process?

Problems stemming from lack of medical awareness in eating disorder treatment affect patients, mental health clinicians and medical professionals alike.

New Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating is a behavior that is relatively common on certain occasions within our society, such as holiday gatherings and preparatory meals before marathons or other sporting events. However, this behavior can easily evolve into a diagnosable mental health condition called binge eating disorder. So, what is the treatment for binge eating disorder?

Prior research has identified low self-esteem, symptoms of anxiety or depression, difficulty regulating emotions, restricted eating habits, and distorted views on eating as the foundations of binge eating disorder.

Anorexia nervosa comes in all sizes, including plus size

Higher BMI does not guard against dangerous heart risks

Adolescents and young adults with anorexia nervosa whose weight is in the healthy, overweight or obese ranges face similar cardiovascular and other health complications as their counterparts with low body mass index (BMI), according to a new study led by researchers at UCSF.

Treating Eating Disorders With Biofeedback And Neurofeedback: What Does The Science Say?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just “zap” eating disorders with biofeedback and neurofeedback sessions? Well, within some limits, we can. Here’s what the science says.

Binge Eating Disorder, Anxiety and Steps for Recovery

People often ask me what causes Binge Eating Disorder. In truth, there is no one answer. Genetics, basic biology and evolution, dieting, availability of food, and psychological issues contribute to the development of Binge Eating Disorder. In some ways, it’s difficult to avoid. However, in this particular article, I’m going to discuss the mechanisms of anxiety and how it contributes to the behaviors of binge eating.

Network Analysis of Males and Eating Disorder Symptoms

When you think of the term “eating disorder”, what words come to mind? Perhaps you think of descriptors like girls, women, thin, body image, and lean. If you read a case description of someone with an eating disorder, how often would you guess the case description described a female vs. a male? It’s likely your mind would have a stronger association between eating disorder + girls/women/female, as compared to eating disorder + boys/men/male. And it’s true: girls and women are more likely to be affected by eating disorders than boys and men.