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!

Study suggests brain reward response plays an important role in anorexia nervosa

New research in JAMA Psychiatry provides evidence that prediction error brain responses may have a central role in anorexia nervosa.

“Anorexia nervosa is the deadliest disorder in psychiatry, and up until recently, we had little understanding about brain function in anorexia nervosa,” said study author Guido Frank, an associate professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Addressing Marijuana in Eating Disorder Recovery

Marijuana is becoming a fixture of discussion as more laws are passed regulating its medical use. In the eating disorder community, there are varying opinions as to using marijuana in eating disorder recovery and the role it can play.

Patient Voice plans to change health care through experiences

Sonia Seguin fought a secret battle for years before she had the courage to tell someone.

The stigma of an eating disorder at age 18 was one of the reasons she kept her problem in the dark — even hiding it from her parents, both of whom were doctors.

"It nearly killed me. Many times. You get pretty good at hiding it," Seguin said. "I knew something was wrong, but I couldn't bear to admit I had an eating disorder. It seemed so shameful. It was devastating for me and for my parents."

Should patients with anorexia be force-fed to save their lives?

Madam Justice Lise Bergeron of the Quebec Superior Court recently ruled that a 20-year-old woman who is suffering from severe anorexia should be force-fed to keep her alive.

The hospital where the young woman is being treated, Centre hospitalier universitaire du Québec, sought a court order when she began to suffer life-threatening pericardial effusion (build-up of fluid around the heart).

The patient, who is not identified for privacy concerns, has been under almost constant treatment since 2012. At one point she weighed a mere 32 kilograms, and was refusing to eat.

Grocery Buddies Support Service

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) Grocery Buddies Support Service is a training guide that will teach a friend, family member, or other loved one (the Grocery Buddy) to support someone in recovery from an eating disorder as they work towards their recovery goals. Focused on grocery shopping, this training teaches the buddy to provide encouragement, accountability, and love to their shopper as that person works to ensure their food choices are on track.


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A new resource to help family physicians support individuals with mental health and substance use problems

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) launched the Best Advice guide: Recovery-Oriented Mental Health and Addiction Care in the Patient’s Medical Home at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s 3rd annual Mental Health for All (MH4A) Conference.

Childhood Emotional Abuse Associated with Internal Eating Disorder Voice

Many individuals diagnosed with eating disorders describe and internal ‘voice,’ which may be linked to experiences of childhood trauma and dissociation

Small Feedings and Current Nutrition Practices in Anorexia Nervosa

During this decade there has been a general change in the manner with which nutritional rehabilitation is prescribed for patients with anorexia nervosa (AN).

Rapid Refeeding and Anxiety among AN Patients

Traditionally, refeeding patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) has been cautiously done, mainly to avoid the refeeding syndrome. Metabolic disturbances from the refeeding syndrome can include abnormalities of glucose metabolism, low serum phosphate, potassium, and magnesium levels, deficiencies in thiamine, and sodium and fluid retention. If not treated, patients can face more serious complications, including delirium and seizures, cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death.