Picky eater or health problem? B.C. doctor talks about an unfamiliar disorder

For some children at the dinner table, it’s simply a matter of picky eating, but for others, it may be a legitimate eating disorder that brings anxiety, extreme weight loss and malnutrition.

To mark Eating Disorder Awareness Week, BC Children’s Hospital is focusing on a relatively unknown condition that only became a recognized diagnosis in 2013: avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, also known as ARFID.

6 FAQ parents want to know about eating disorders

Eating disorders are difficult to diagnose and have the highest death rate of all mental disorders.

According to Eating Disorder Hope, eating disorders do not discriminate. These disorders are complex mental afflictions that can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex or race. While this is true, globally there is a high prevalence of eating disorders among young children and teenagers. We approached clinical psychologist Janet Earl to help us answer common questions about the topic.

Researchers explore healing power of yoga at Canada-India health conference

When Naseem Gulamhusein was diagnosed with an inflammatory digestive disease roughly 20 years ago, she was told that with no known cure, medication was the only option.

Exposed to yoga at an early age, she turned to the practice to get at the root of her illness, refusing to accept living with a lifetime of chronic pain.

“At 42, I’m healthier than I’ve ever felt in my entire life,” she told StarMetro. “I’ve managed my own disease through yoga, along with taking medicine.”

Could a Diet Pills Tax Help Get These Toxic Products Out of Kids’ Hands?

We don’t have to tell you that our toxic consumer culture is a major driver of our society’s obsession with weight. You know it. We know it. And the $66 billion diet industry knows it. What the diet industry does not want you to know, though, is that most of what they sell is at best useless junk -- and that could not be truer than for diet pills. Almost all the over-the-counter (OTC) diet pills and powders on the U.S.

ARFID: Impact, Cause, Treatment, & Advice for Parents

At some point or another, most children go through a picky eating stage.

They don’t want to try new things, they refuse foods they once loved, and they generally drive their parents crazy each time they turn their noses up at whatever has been put on their plate.

It’s normal, and it usually doesn’t last long.

In fact, Jill Castle, a registered dietician specializing in pediatric nutrition, told Healthline that most kids grow out of the picky phase by around age 6.

Except when they don’t.

Alberta Eating Disorders New Website to help Navigate Services

Click here to access the Eating Disorders Info website.
Click here to access the guide.
Click here to view the video.
Click here to visit Calgary's Silver Lining Foundation's website.

Top Ten Things a Personal Trainer Should Know About Working with Eating Disorders

Having worked as a certified personal trainer and strength and conditioning specialist early in my career, and now as a certified specialist in sport dietetics who specializes in treating clients with eating disorders who are often over-exercising, I feel it is critical for trainers to have some training about how to deal with their clients with these issues because you will be seeing these clients.  Given eating disorders can present as over-exercise and under-fueling, a personal trainer is in a position to be the first identifier of these issues and can be a key player on an eating disord

No more sweet tooth? Scientists switch off pleasure from food in brains of mice

Altering activity in brain's emotion center can eliminate the natural craving for sweet; findings could inform treatments for eating disorders.

New research in mice has revealed that the brain's underlying desire for sweet, and its distaste for bitter, can be erased by manipulating neurons in the amygdala, the emotion center of the brain.

Science behind why dieters regain weight

Calorie deprivation alters body and mind, overwhelming willpower.  It is well established that dieters are able to lose weight in the short run, but tend to gain it back over time. In 2007, the graduate students in my Psychology of Eating seminar and I did a painstaking review of every randomized controlled trial of diets we could find that included a follow-up of at least two years (Mann et al., 2007). Janet Tomiyama, Britt Ahlstrom, and I updated it in 2013 with studies we had missed, as well as newer ones (Tomiyama, Ahlstrom, & Mann, 2013). The results were clear.

What a New Study Reveals About Selfies and Teenage Body Image

From Facebook and Twitter, to Instagram and Snapchat, it's no secret social media has become a common form of communication, but have you ever left your feeds feeling bad about yourself? If so, you’re not alone, according to a new study conducted by Ilyssa Salomon, doctoral student, and Christia Spears Brown, professor of psychology, at the University of Kentucky.

Prevalence of eating disorders taken from largest sample in the US

Biological Psychiatry has published a new study revising the outdated estimates of the prevalence of eating disorders in the United States (US). The new estimates were based on a nationally-representative sample of 36,309 adults—the largest national sample of US adults ever studied. The findings estimate that 0.80 percent of US adults will be affected by anorexia nervosa in their lifetime; 0.28 percent will be affected by bulimia nervosa; and 0.85 percent will be affected by binge eating disorder.