Eating disorders are not all about food

Eating disorders are very complex conditions, and have the highest mortality rate of any mental health issue. 

25 years ago, with a few other physicians, Dr. Christine Lammerse and Dr. Joan Fujiwara led the way in establishing Fraser Health’s community-based treatment program for those suffering from eating disorders. 

As pioneers in the eating disorder treatment field in B.C., I connected with Drs. Lammerse and Fujiwara on what makes eating disorders so complex and how treatment has changed.  

Brain Responds Differently to Food Rewards in Bulimia Nervosa

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have discovered differences in how the brain responds to food rewards in individuals with a history of bulimia nervosa (BN), an eating disorder characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating followed by efforts of purging to avoid weight gain. The findings further define specific brain mechanisms involved in eating disorders and could help lead to new treatment therapies.

New study reveals why stress contributes to binge eating in women

A recent study released from the American Psychological Association revealed that the brain in women who suffer from binge eating is affected differently than those who do not associate with the disease, when exposed to stressful situations. The women were shown calm photos that were not expected to receive a reaction, followed by photos of high fat, junk foods. They were then asked to solve an impossible math problem in order to create a feeling of stress.

The Effects of Compulsive Exercise among Teens

A large longitudinal study targeted younger patients with EDs.

In What Ways Might a Counselor’s Own Body Image Impact on Patient Work?

I would describe body image as the perception one has about one’s body, and the negative or positive thoughts and feelings that are derived from this perception.

Learning to love myself holistically, with a focus on body image, has had a constructive impact on my patient work. It has increased my bodily awareness, which in turn has enabled me to notice more non-verbal cues from patients and has increased my empathy for their body issues.

To truly change body-image norms, we have to go beyond awareness

Every summer, I pull out a photograph of Tove Jansson swimming. The Finnish author's head is crowned with wildflowers as she frogs in the sea near her summer home, her delighted grin bobbing above the surface. It's safe to assume she is not worrying about her beach body. The rhetoric of the summer beach body – slim, toned and everything that's idealized in lifestyle catalogue frolick – starts in earnest well ahead of vacation season, with exercise, diet and cleanse-themed magazine articles and influencer posts.

The Effects of Starvation on Behavior: Implications for Dieting and Eating Disorders

One of the most important advances in the understanding of eating disorders is the recognition that severe and prolonged dietary restriction can lead to serious physical and psychological complications.1 Many of the symptoms once thought to be primary features of anorexia nervosa are actually symptoms of starvation. Given what we know about the biology of weight regulation, what is the impact of weight suppression on the individual?

Unraveling Resistance to Change after Weight Is Restored

It is a challenging question: Why do many patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) continue to restrict their calories after their weight is restored and many of their psychiatric symptoms have improved? One possible reason, according to Karin Foerde, PhD and Joanna E. Steinglass, MD of Columbia University, is that AN patients may experience reduced learning from feedback or reinforcement. In their recent study, the same pattern was not seen among healthy controls (Int J Eat Disord. 2017; 50:415).

Tips for Helping Patients to Change Their Relationship to Anxiety

Sometimes, anxiety is adaptive in that it might motivate us to accomplish certain tasks. For instance, if you are feeling anxious before an exam-this emotion  could serve to motivate you to spend some time preparing for the test.

However, when an individual’s anxiety starts to get in the way of his or her functioning and is out of proportion to the situation, we start to consider whether the person may be struggling with an anxiety disorder.

The iaedp Foundation Offers 10 Steps to Advanced Certification for Professionals Who Treat Eating Disorders

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and, in fact, research shows that every 62 minutes, at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder in the U.S. As the rate of eating disorders grows, a greater need exists for qualified treatment providers. The iaedp Foundation meets this challenge by offering what has become the leading certification program for professionals who treat eating disorders.

Junk-food ban in Canadian schools is working, study finds

New research has found that students exposed to a school junk-food ban have a lower BMI on average than those who are not.  

In Canada’s ongoing battle against childhood obesity, one simple weapon appears to be working.

Over the past 12 years, six provinces have banned junk food from schools, and a new study says the measure is having a positive effect on student health.