Obesity in children: Severity should be based on health issues, not just BMI, say researchers

Gauging the severity of a child’s obesity based only on body mass index (BMI) fails to identify health issues — particularly mental health — of those seeking care, shows a new study with University of Alberta ties.

Researchers showed that using a plan called the Edmonton Obesity Staging System for Pediatrics (EOSS-P) was more useful for understanding health issues of affected children than BMI, which just measures weight against height.

Underdiagnosed Male Eating Disorders Are Becoming Increasingly Identified

In a recent episode of HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, journalist Soledad O'Brien introduces viewers to 24-year-old Logan Davis.

Davis sports a classic hockey helmet haircut: his brown hair is long, reaching to his ears and sticking out to the side. Viewers first see Davis in his element: on the ice, tending a goalie net in his Ohio State Buckeye's college hockey uniform.

Playing hockey had been his passion since he was 5, and being a starter goalie for a Big Ten hockey conference team as a college freshman was nothing short of a dream come true for Davis.

Bone Health in Adolescents With Anorexia Nervosa and Atypical Anorexia Nervosa

Adolescents with atypical anorexia nervosa have higher bone mineral density (BMD) on average than adolescents with anorexia nervosa, but still experience significant deficits in fat mass index, according to study results published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

More parents, kids to get help from free mental health service

Parents and caregivers in B.C. whose children have anxiety impacting their development and day-to-day happiness at home, school and in the community will soon have access to a new, free intervention program.

The program includes access to educational videos and weekly telephone coaching sessions and will be available starting April 29, 2019.

The Benefits of Mirror Exposure Therapy in Eating Disorders Treatment

Body image disturbances are core features of several eating disorders, particularly anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and often binge eating disorder. Individuals with these disorders frequently suffer from preoccupation with their shape and/or weight and disturbances in how they perceive their bodies. They place high value on attaining their ideal shape and/or weight. They may spend an excessive amount of time looking at themselves in mirrors or avoiding mirrors altogether. They may pinch themselves or weigh themselves excessively to measure themselves.

Similarities and Differences Between Over-Exercise and Compulsive Exercise

Exercise is a good thing, right? Most Americans don’t get enough exercise and suffer the health consequences, right? So, we should all move more, right? Right—and wrong. Professionals in the eating disorders field know that one of the most frustrating aspects of treating eating disorders is that not only do good things, like the pleasures of eating and the vitality-inducing properties of movement, go bad, they’re twisted and transmuted into things that have nothing to do with nutrition and exercise: measuring sticks of a person’s virtue and worth.

Assessment and Treatment of Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is the newest eating disorder diagnosis included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). ARFID replaces the diagnosis of feeding disorder of infancy and childhood, and captures a broad spectrum of restrictive eating behaviors, not motivated by weight or shape, that are present across the life span.

16 Ways Equine Assisted Therapy is an Effective Intervention

Equine Assisted Therapy has existed in different forms for close to three decades. While horse people have long understood the benefits, it’s taken time and scientific proof to convince traditional mental health professionals to open up to the idea.

In an article posted recently on Psychology Today, Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. writes that “Growing evidence supports the effectiveness of treatment with horses in a therapeutic environment. Studies have resulted in a body of literature supporting the therapeutic value of the human-animal interaction.”

Substance Use Disorders and Malnutrition

A healthy diet and adequate nutrition are fundamental for the brain and body to function normally.  Unfortunately, individuals with substance use disorders often neglect diet and nutrition, along with family, friends, and other areas of self-care. The reality is that individuals suffering from substance use disorders exhaust their time, energy, and money pursuing their destructive habits.

Making Waves: Make no bones about it, Dr. Haggie, eating disorders are a disease, not a challenge

The Canadian health-care system sucks.

At the beginning of February, the province recognized Eating Disorder Awareness Week. While it was recognized by our provincial government, the majority of the programming to promote awareness of the impact of eating disorders, as well as the resources available in our province, was hosted by the Eating Disorder Foundation of NL. Like many general health-related topics, the government didn’t put much effort into promoting awareness.