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.

Study finds 12 weeks of yoga reduces body-image dissatisfaction in women

Practicing yoga can improve negative self-attitude about one’s physical appearance, according to a new study in the journal Sex Roles that examined college-aged women.

Previous studies have found that women who are dissatisfied with their body are at increased risk of developing eating disorders and are more likely to suffer from depression and low self-esteem.

People consume more calories when eating with a smartphone, study finds

New research provides some initial evidence that distractions like smartphones could contribute to obesity, according to new research published in Physiology & Behavior.

“I have studied mastication and oral physiology for 15 years. I was interested in studying the influence of oral physiology on obesity and its comorbidities,” said study author Luciano Pereira, an associate professor at Federal University of Lavras in Brazil.

Compulsive Exercise & Eating Disorders

Exercise and body movement can be highly beneficial to one’s health. However, as with everything, moderation is key, and there are many times that exercise can become dangerous when coupled with disordered eating thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.

While compulsive exercise is not an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), many individuals struggle with the symptoms and behaviors related to it.

Results from The 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey

Teenagers in B.C. are struggling more with anxiety and depression, and taking part less in sports and volunteering, according to the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey.

The report, released Wednesday by the McCreary Centre Society, was administered in 58 of the province’s 60 school districts and was the sixth time students were asked to participate since 1992.

Despite the majority of adolescents rating their overall health and mental health as good or excellent, the report found that health ratings have declined from five years earlier.

Focus on weight loss, not admission weight, in eating disorder management

Clinicians need to look beyond a teenager’s weight at the time of a visit when screening for eating disorders, according to a new report, which reveals that recent weight loss trends and eating habits may be more predictive of a problem than actual weight.

The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that teenagers with eating disorders who presented with higher recent weight loss—regardless of weight at the time of admission—had more complications from their disease.1

Ive battled depression, bulimia, and a broken back. Now, I’m stronger than ever.

I developed bulimia nervosa, depression, and anxiety when I was around 15.

My biggest fear was people knowing. Talking about my mental illness publicly was never something I saw myself doing when I was younger. But as I grew older my mindset changed, and when my mental health forced me to step away from sport for a season, I chose to open up about it.

Addressing Medicine’s Bias Against Patients Who Are Overweight

According to her obituary, Ellen Maud Bennett had felt unwell for a few years before her death in May 2018. But the physicians Bennett consulted couldn’t see past the extra pounds she carried. If she’d only lose weight, she’d feel better, they told her.

Finally, a physician must have suspected another reason for her malaise, because Bennett was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer just days before her death at age 64 years.

10 Tips For Intuitive Eating

Based on the book by Tribole and Resch, Intuitive Eating, there are 10 principles to go by:

Do not go on a diet
If you engage in the diet mentality, you restrict the foods you eat. Perhaps you eat nothing white, or do the keto diet, Atkins diet, paleo diet, or whatever the current diet fad is. This may work in the short term, but diets do not work. Most people end up gaining back all the weight they lost while on the diet.

Anorexia knows no body type — and thinking otherwise can be a barrier to treatment

No matter how much you think you know about the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, odds are one image comes to mind: an emaciated white teenage girl. But that stereotype ignores the fact that anorexia knows no age, gender or race, and it sidesteps the reality that anorexia can happen at any body weight.