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…

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.

A Systematic Review of the Genetics and Epigenetics in Eating Disorders

Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use
The identification of the first genome-wide significant locus, discussions surrounding epigenetic mechanism involved in linking environmental factors with disease onset and the remarkably progressed genomic discovery in anorexia nervosa have built a solid foundation for future research.

In light of the existing body of evidence on genetic and epigenetic factors in eating disorders, a recent systematic review of all relevant literature aimed to inspire and shape future research and directions in this field.

Can Borderline Personality Disorder Cause an Eating Disorder?

Decades of research have revealed a connection between eating disorder (EDs) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) — EDs are far more prevalent in those struggling with BPD: 53.8%, as opposed to the nationwide average of approximately 6%.

Most people have a basic understanding of what an ED is; the same does not hold true for BPD. Therefore, in order to determine which is the chicken and which is the egg, we need to understand this other disorder more fully.

Researchers Explore the Genetics of Eating Disorders

Cynthia Bulik began her scientific career studying childhood depression. But while she was working as a research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh in the 1980s, psychiatrist David Kupfer asked her to help write a book chapter comparing electroencephalography studies in depression and anorexia. As preparation, she shadowed a psychiatrist at a hospital inpatient unit for people with eating disorders.

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