New PATSED 'Let Us Eat Cake' Podcast

The Provincial Adult Tertiary Specialized Eating Disorders (PATSED) Program dietitians Ali Eberhardt and Hannah Robinson are excited to announce the launch of their new podcast “Let Us Eat Cake”, coming this summer, 2019!

A new study of adolescents with eating disorders compares those who use substances and those who don’t while in treatment

Concordia researcher Linda Booij identifies possible warning signs for health care providers

Adolescence can be a minefield for those going through it. Along with natural bodily changes, teens also have to grapple with social pressures emphasizing thinness and other arbitrary standards of desirability.

HAES is a Cornerstone for Recovery

I have been a career-long Health At Every Size (HAES®), intuitive eating, and mindfulness practitioner. Sheer good fortunate allowed me to meet and work with mentors who offered me these perspectives back in the early 80’s. At the time, the HAES® paradigm was somewhat alternative, but it just made good clinical sense as a philosophical base from which to launch recovery from dieting disorders and poor self-concept. In my estimation, the HAES® paradigm has stood the test of time.

Art Therapy: Beneficial in Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders are one of the most complex and most dangerous disorders due to their medical complications and the challenging thought processes which can increase the rate of suicide. Often treatment interventions to support recovery include; CBT, DBT, nutrition and psycho education, psychopharmacology, and medical monitoring.

Eating Disorders and Substance Use: Why are the Two Often Linked?

One of the things we have understood clinically for a long time is that people who have eating disorders often struggle with substance use issues.

And, people with substance use disorder (SUD) also struggle with disordered eating.

The Importance of Including Exercise in Eating Disorders Treatment

Exercise is ubiquitous in modern society. We can’t drive by a strip mall without seeing a new store-front gym complete with a secret breakthrough diet that promises to supercharge aesthetically focused results, go on social media without being bombarded by ‘fitspo’ messages and incredibly persuasive testimonials of how exercise changed someone’s life, or even look at our newsfeeds on our phones without seeing a press release touting the latest great news about the health effects of exercise.

Researchers have uncovered a link between childhood obesity and mental health problems

Obese children are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, such as anxiety and low mood, when they start secondary school, new research suggests.

Researchers, from the university of Liverpool, found obesity and mental health had a close link, and this gradually increased throughout childhood.

The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, revealed that overweight seven-year-olds are at higher risk of suffering from emotional problems by the time they reach the age of 11.

Understanding body signals could be a key factor in eating disorders

Eating is often believed to be entirely under our conscious control – we choose to eat when we are hungry or when we feel tired and need more energy. Because of this, people often believe that overeating is caused by a lack of self-control and under-eating is a deliberate attempt to change our body, usually in response to perceived ideals about body shape. While unrealistic images in the media can have an effect on young people’s self-esteem and body image, other factors may also affect our eating.

Gala helps raise funds to support sufferers of eating disorders

Deborah Grimm, Dolores Elliott and Cindy Dobbe have dedicated their lives to help those living with eating disorders. Mothers with daughters who suffered from bulimia and anorexia nervosa, they discovered how difficult it was to find resources and care to help their children. Community programs were stretched, hospital admissions had lengthy waiting lists and families desperately seeking care were forced to find help outside of Canada at great personal expense.

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.