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!

Apple donating 1,000 Apple Watches to help researchers understand eating disorders

Apple is donating 1,000 Apple Watches to help university researchers gain a better understanding of eating disorders such as binge eating or the more specific bulimia nervosa.

CNBC reports that the study is being carried out at the University of North Carolina.

Have Recommendations for Weight Restoration and Specialized Treatment for Eating Disorders Been Overturned?

A Position Statement.

A recent paper published in Psychological Medicine journal, titled “Treatment outcomes for anorexia nervosa: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials,” (https://bit.ly/2x1fWJU) has been greeted with mixed reactions by the eating disorder community. Over the past few weeks F.E.A.S.T. has heard from families and clinicians with concerns that this paper tells us new information: that specialized treatments do not work, and that weight restoration does not improve recovery.

Anorexia nervosa patients prefer underweight bodies

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems placed test persons in front of their virtual selves and examined their self-perception. The aim of the studies was to investigate how accurately healthy women and men, including patients with anorexia nervosa, perceive their own body weight. The findings provide insights for new therapy approaches for people with eating disorders.

Abuse of Antidepressant for Weight Loss Leads to Seizures in Patient With Bulimia Nervosa

A recently published report in the International Journal of Eating Disorders describes the case of a 22-year old female patient who abused bupropion XR for the purpose of appetite suppression and weight loss.

More than picky eating—7 things Parents to know about ARFID

Most parents can attest to the difficulty of getting kids to try new foods. Picky eating is nothing new, but what happens when it involves many foods, never goes away, or gets worse?  Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is an eating disorder involving an extreme avoidance or low intake of food. Dr. Julie Lesser, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Rogers–Minneapolis, shares seven facts that you should know about ARFID. 

1. ARFID IS DIFFERENT THAN PICKY EATING.

3 Pillars & Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach

You have probably heard a lot of buzz around being trauma informed as it’s a term that is becoming increasingly embraced. Many organizations are actively seeking out ways to ensure their programming and services are fit for this label, which means they are engaging in the following pillars of trauma-informed care:

Childhood trauma can leave scars on DNA, Harvard-UBC study finds

Children who are abused can be left with physical, "molecular scars" on their DNA that last well into adulthood, according to a new study from Harvard University and the University of British Columbia.

The findings could one day impact disease research as well as criminal investigations, though more work needs to be done before experts know how the "tagging" — known as DNA methylation — affects a victim's long-term mental and physical health.

Unseen: The Rise of Eating Disorders in China

From diet pills to vomit rooms, the Food Chain investigates the rise of eating disorders in China. Is this an inevitable consequence of economic development? And if so, why are eating disorders still all too often seen as a rich white woman’s problem?

Is it Vegetarianism or Disordered Eating?

The role that vegetarianism can play in one’s eating disorder can frequently be multifaceted and complex. As eating disorder providers, we know that dieting or the elimination of food groups can increase the risks of developing an eating disorder or hinder one’s recovery. Not all vegetarians have eating disorders, but for those who do, it can strongly enable their distorted thoughts and behaviors. Time and again, I have clients who come in expressing a desire to transition to a vegetarian lifestyle or some who already have adopted this lifestyle.

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