Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019!

Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is February 1-7, 2019 and the CFE is busy promoting this year's theme, "Eating Disorders Can't Afford to Wait!" in hope to bring awareness that million's of people across Canada are currently struggling, with limited resources to provide support.

Novel therapy offers new hope for social anxiety: University of Waterloo

Group therapy targeting negative mental images of oneself and others helpful to social anxiety sufferers.  People with social anxiety disorder benefit greatly from group therapy that targets the negative mental images they have of themselves and others, according to a study at the University of Waterloo.

Called “imagery-enhanced” cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the new group treatment helps relieve symptoms including social performance and interaction anxiety, depression and stress.

Psychotic Experiences Associated With Increased Risk for Eating Disorders in Adolescents

Psychotic experiences may be predictors for disordered eating in late adolescence, according to longitudinal study data published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.

What Is the Relation Between Eating Disorders and Trauma?

A recent study, in press in Appetite, examines the association between eating disorders and different types of trauma.

Eating disorders are characterized by abnormal eating and eating-related behaviors. Three common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. I briefly describe these disorders below.

When Anxiety or OCD Makes You Afraid to Eat. Coping with ARFID

Anxiety and OCD can make kids afraid to do many things. Afraid to sleep. Afraid of the dark. Afraid to make friends. But when anxiety or OCD makes you afraid to eat it can become a much more serious issue.  Anxiety and OCD can ooze into our children’s eating habits. They can be afraid they are going to choke, throw up or get sick.

The Use of Mandala in the Treatment of Eating Disorders


You Don’t Have to Feel Beautiful to Care for Your Body

Recent research suggests a new tool women can use to improve body image.

Every woman I have ever met has spent some unhappy time in front of the mirror. When you’re alone, gazing at your own reflection, there’s no Instagram filter to smooth the rough edges of body discontent.  For too many girls and women, looking at their own image is punctuated with a heavy sense of not being good enough.

The Link Between Binge Eating and Suicide

Could people struggling with binge eating be at an increased risk for suicide? That's what a new study suggests. While it has long been recognized that people with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are at increased risk for suicidal behaviors, little has been known about the risk for people struggling with binge eating and binge eating disorder (BED)—until now.

How to keep teens from taking dangerous diet pills? Tax 'em

A tax on over-the-counter diet pills could be an effective public-health strategy to discourage teenagers from purchasing the dangerous and “useless junk,” according to a first-of-its-kind study coauthored by economics professor Nathan Tefft.

The $66 billion diet industry faces few regulations, explain Tefft and co-author S. Bryn Austin in their blog post for the National Eating Disorders Association. Yet “what the diet industry does not want you to know…is that most of what they sell is at best useless junk — and that could not be truer than for diet pills,” say the researchers.

Weight Stigma and Health: Does Self-blame Play a Role?

Weight Stigma and Health
Throughout our society, people are quick to judge others on the basis of their body size or body weight. Known as "weight stigma," this is a prevalent societal problem;[1] people experience bullying, prejudice, discrimination, and generally unfair treatment because of their weight. National studies suggest that as many as 40% of adults have experienced some form of weight stigma,[2] resulting in inequities in employment, healthcare, educational institutions, and other domains of daily life.[3,4]

The People Who Are Afraid of Food

The restaurant in southeastern Virginia is the kind of place that makes its own fresh-squeezed juices and has kale on the menu in three different places. The waiter lets diners know that any grain dish can be made gluten-free. As he takes orders, the dishes, from octopus ceviche with wasabi dressing to pan-roasted salmon with quinoa and lemon aioli, are complex. Elyse, a 29-year-old sales executive, reluctantly opens her menu and prays. Please let there be a kids’ section. Please tell me they have regular fries.