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…”

Or…

More older women are struggling with eating disorders.

When you picture someone with an eating disorder, you probably imagine a teenage girl.

Increasingly, however, conditions like anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder (BED) are being diagnosed in adults—including those over 50.

Some reports have indicated that eating disorders (EDs) among older people, most often women, may be on the rise. The Renfrew Center, which specializes in treating eating disorders, recently noted a 42% increase within a decade in women over 35 pursuing treatment.

E-Cigarettes and Eating Disorders: Current Research

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are nicotine delivery devices that produce aerosol for inhalation through the combustion of flavored nicotine-containing liquids known as e-liquids (Glasser et al., 2017). As smoking traditional cigarettes is declining (Jamal et al., 2018), the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, is increasing, especially among young people (Kasza et al., 2017; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2016). Adults aged 18-24 years reported significantly more vaping in the past 30 days than adults over age 25 (13% vs. 6%, respectively; Kasza et al., 2017).

How Eating Disorders Affect Oral Health

Dental health reflects the body’s overall wellbeing
Up to 3% of Canadians (over a million) are impacted by eating disorders, according to a 2016 survey by Statistics Canada. Some people consider them a lifestyle choice or coping mechanism; in reality, they are serious health concerns that can lead to severe or potentially fatal physical and psychological illnesses.

People Who Use More Happy Words Are Not Necessarily Happier – An Awkward Finding For Language-based Emotion Research

The age of social media has opened up exciting opportunities for researchers to investigate people’s emotional states on a massive scale. For example, one study found that tweets contain more positive emotional words in the morning, which was interpreted as showing that most people are in a better mood at that time of day.

Executive Functioning Deficits Reported in Binge Eating Disorder With Depressive Symptoms

Self-reported impaired daily functioning in patients with binge eating disorder (BED) was correlated with the severity of depressive symptoms, according to study data published in Psychiatry Research.

A Broad View: Disordered Eating on the Autism Spectrum

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurobiological condition defined by limitations in communication and social interaction.  However, the secondary or ancillary aspects of the condition typically receive the most interest in research and practice, including atypical sensory processing and stimulus over-selectivity.

Obesity in children: Severity should be based on health issues, not just BMI, say researchers

Gauging the severity of a child’s obesity based only on body mass index (BMI) fails to identify health issues — particularly mental health — of those seeking care, shows a new study with University of Alberta ties.

Researchers showed that using a plan called the Edmonton Obesity Staging System for Pediatrics (EOSS-P) was more useful for understanding health issues of affected children than BMI, which just measures weight against height.

Underdiagnosed Male Eating Disorders Are Becoming Increasingly Identified

In a recent episode of HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, journalist Soledad O'Brien introduces viewers to 24-year-old Logan Davis.

Davis sports a classic hockey helmet haircut: his brown hair is long, reaching to his ears and sticking out to the side. Viewers first see Davis in his element: on the ice, tending a goalie net in his Ohio State Buckeye's college hockey uniform.

Playing hockey had been his passion since he was 5, and being a starter goalie for a Big Ten hockey conference team as a college freshman was nothing short of a dream come true for Davis.

Bone Health in Adolescents With Anorexia Nervosa and Atypical Anorexia Nervosa

Adolescents with atypical anorexia nervosa have higher bone mineral density (BMD) on average than adolescents with anorexia nervosa, but still experience significant deficits in fat mass index, according to study results published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

More parents, kids to get help from free mental health service

Parents and caregivers in B.C. whose children have anxiety impacting their development and day-to-day happiness at home, school and in the community will soon have access to a new, free intervention program.

The program includes access to educational videos and weekly telephone coaching sessions and will be available starting April 29, 2019.

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