Breast-feeding is helping me face my decades-long struggle with hating my body

About 30 hours after I gave birth to my daughter, while I was still in the recovery room at the hospital, I saw my postpartum body for the first time. In the mirror of the cramped bathroom, I took in my reflection — my softly bulging belly and loose skin — and I was shocked. But most shocking was that, despite my decades-long struggle with anorexia, this new body didn’t disgust me. I was curious and fascinated. I took a selfie.

Eating disorders and autism spectrum disorder link needs more research, experts say

Experts are calling for more research into the link between eating disorders and autism spectrum disorder to come up with better treatment and support services.

Evidence of behavioral, biological similarities between compulsive overeating and addiction

Does yo-yo dieting drive compulsive eating? There may be a connection.

According to Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researchers the chronic cyclic pattern of overeating followed by undereating, reduces the brain's ability to feel reward and may drive compulsive eating. This finding suggests that future research into treatment of compulsive eating behavior should focus on rebalancing the mesolimbic dopamine system -- the part of the brain responsible for feeling reward or pleasure.

10 Questions Asked to an ED Specialist

An Eating Disorder Specialist Explains Our Unhealthy Relationship to Food:  As an eating disorder and trauma therapist, Ashley McHan sees patients with an array of issues with food. VICE speaks to her about our unhealthy relationship to food, how it contributes to disordered eating and the underlying causes, similarities and differences of various eating disorders.

7 Things You Should Know About Eating Disorders And Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is a condition of low blood sugar levels. Generally, the doctor in the emergency room won't diagnose hypoglycemia unless the blood sugar level is 50 mg/dl (2.8 mmol/L) or less. People do dangerous things when their blood sugar levels aren't yet that low, however, and many disorders increase the risk of low blood sugar levels.

Here are seven things to know about eating disorders and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar):

Autism and Picky Eating - Practical Tips for Parents

It is the rare parent who doesn’t at some point have to deal with temper tantrums over food or, at the very least, picky eating habits. But kids on the autism spectrum — and therefore, the parents who feed them — often face significantly greater and more complex issues around food for a variety of reasons. Stephanie Lee, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, has worked with many families to tackle the eating issues autistic kids may experience.

Body Awareness Therapy And Eating Disorders: What The Science Says

What is Body Awareness Therapy?
Body awareness therapy is based on the work of a French psychotherapist named Jacques Dropsy. In the 1970s and 1980s, he developed a treatment method he called intelligences du corps, the intelligence of the body. Drawing on the experiences of therapists with the Alexander technique, Feldenkreis technique, Tai Chi, and Zen meditation, Dropsy developed this therapy of nonverbal communication to increase awareness of the body.and mindfulness in movements.

Why Young Girls Reject the New “Curvy” Barbie

New research shows girls as young as 3 already show body size bias.

Barbie, the much-maligned poster-doll for those who worry about young girls’ body image, recently celebrated her 60th birthday. The doll has been a resounding triumph for toy-maker Mattel, generating over $3 billion in sales since its introduction in 1959. Despite Barbie's economic success, Mattel has received well-earned criticism for decades about the doll’s contribution to unrealistic and unhealthy beauty ideals.

Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder isn't just "picky eating"

We’re conditioned to believe that being thin means, health-wise and otherwise, we’re doing something right. A skinny body and "normal" body mass index (or BMI) are often accepted as evidence of baseline wellness, even though, medically speaking, we know that isn’t true. We know that in the United States, around a third of the people designated as "obese" by BMI metrics, and more than half of “overweight” people, are actually metabolically healthy. We also know that the BMI is a questionable framework in general.

Celebrating 25 years of Excellence: Discovery Program and Vista House

It is our great pleasure and honor to announce the Provincial Adult Tertiary Specialized Eating Disorders (PATSED) Program’s Discovery Intensive Day Hospital Program (located at St. Paul’s Hospital) and Vancouver Coastal Health’s Vista Residence (located in Vancouver) will be celebrating their 25th year Anniversary. This wonderful partnership has made a significant impact in the recovery journey for many individuals and their families throughout British Columbia.

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