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…”

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Whether a fashion model or not, some body image concerns are universal App allows researchers to study body self-perceptions

When researchers from UCLA and the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma, wanted to test an app they created to measure body image perception, they went to the body image experts -- fashion models.

Sixty-five female models signed to professional modeling agencies in London were asked to step off the runway and into a laboratory to help researchers study Somatomap, a mobile and desktop app designed to research body image and ultimately to help doctors treat patients with eating and body dysmorphic disorders.

PTSD and binge eating linked: Manitoba University study

A new study out of the University of Manitoba suggests there may be a link between post-traumatic stress disorder and binge eating.

The study shows people suffering from PTSD report a higher number of binge eating symptoms compared to people who were exposed to trauma, but did not develop the disorder.

Recovering From Compulsive Exercise in An Exercise Obsessed World

On a regular basis, we are inundated with unhealthy messages about exercise. From fitspo on Instagram and influencers showing off their 6-packs to messages about ‘no days off’-disordered attitudes towards exercise are everywhere. Compulsive exercise (i.e. exercise addiction) is a socially acceptable prison cell. I’ve been there and I remember feeling so incredibly trapped-yet unable to stop my rigid exercise routine. The following are a few tips for recovering from compulsive exercise in an exercise obsessed world.

Discovery Program Has Helped Pioneer A New Approach To Eating Disorders Treatment

Vancouver resident Jason MacLeod, 47, struggled with bulimia for almost a decade before finally asking his family doctor for help. He was referred to secondary care through a community eating disorders clinic but, after two years, found his life was still spiralling out of control. That’s when his admission in 2010 to the Provincial Adult Tertiary Specialized Eating Disorders (PATSED) program’s Discovery intensive day hospital program proved pivotal.

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.

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