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.

New Research Finds Yoga Improves Eating Disorder Symptoms

A study (link is external) published in the International Journal of Yoga has found that yoga is a promising way to reduce eating disorder symptoms, yielding benefits even months afterwards. The small randomized control trial examined the impact of an 11-week yoga program for women with a diagnosis of bulimia nervosa or eating disorder not other specified.

With the help of virtual therapists, people with eating disorders tackle anxiety in grocery stores

Individuals with anorexia, binge eating disorder and bulimia often feel anxious and overwhelmed when surrounded by food. This anxiety can make grocery shopping and cooking a challenge.

A new form of telemedicine in which people can video-chat with a nutritional counselor while at the supermarket aims to help.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1 percent of Americans suffer from anorexia, a sometimes deadly psychiatric illness. Along with anorexia, millions of Americans also struggle with binge eating disorder.

Vegan Chef Releases Cookbook Tackling Unhealthy Relationships With Food

Vegan chef Day Radley has released a cookbook aimed at tackling difficult relationships with food - as well as providing delicious and user-friendly recipes.  In her first book, Love. Food, Radley shares her chef secrets, plus the tricks and tools she devised during a three-year journey to heal her own eating disorders. Recipes are included but deconstructed so that anyone can learn how to be a creative and independent cook.

About the book:

"Reimagine the Frontier of Public Health Approaches to Eating Disorders Prevention," a Harvard-wide symposium at Harvard Medical School, focused on strategies for preventing eating disorders

Reimagine the Frontier of Public Health Approaches to Eating Disorders Prevention, a Harvard-wide symposium at Harvard Medical School on April 30 drew more than 350 participants from across health care disciplines and from around the country.

With the help of virtual therapists, people with eating disorders tackle anxiety in grocery stores

Individuals with anorexia, binge eating disorder and bulimia often feel anxious and overwhelmed when surrounded by food. This anxiety can make grocery shopping and cooking a challenge.

A new form of telemedicine in which people can video-chat with a nutritional counselor while at the supermarket aims to help.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 1 percent of Americans suffer from anorexia, a sometimes deadly psychiatric illness. Along with anorexia, millions of Americans also struggle with binge eating disorder.

‘Words can heal or do harm’: Policy addresses ways to reduce weight stigma

"Fat Bias Starts Early and Takes a Serious Toll” (New York Times, Aug. 21, 2017)
“High School Senior Bullied for Her Weight Commits Suicide” (US Weekly, Dec. 2, 2016)
“Fat Shaming Can Lead to a Host of Health Problems” (CBS News, Jan. 31, 2017)
“Obesity, Bias and Stigma in the Doctor’s Office” (Huffington Post, Nov. 2, 2016)

Vancouver author has a new book about her life with an eating disorder,

Bulimia is a lonely, secret, shameful disorder, says Vancouver author and artist Janet Ford.

She knows, having struggled with it for 22 years, since she was 14 years old.

Ford drew illustrations of how it feels to live with the disorder, and now those drawings are compiled in a new book, 100 Days of Bulimia.

"It's very, very personal," Ford told On The Coast host Gloria Macarenko.

Sleep Disturbance Common With Anorexia or Bulimia

Women with eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia may also experience significant trouble sleeping, suggests a small study in Egypt.

In a comparison of women with and without eating disorders, those with anorexia or bulimia reported insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness and other sleep disorders like sleepwalking or sleep paralysis much more frequently. Sleep monitoring confirmed their altered sleep patterns, researchers found.

Fracture Type Varies for Women With Anorexia and Oligo-Amenorrheic Athletes

Women with anorexia nervosa (AN) and oligo-amenorrheic athletes (OA) have been reported to have low bone mineral density (BMD) and an increased fracture risk. But when the 2 groups were compared, the prevalence of stress fracture was highest in OA, and nonstress fracture was greater in AN, according to new findings published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

ADHD Symptoms Directly Relate to Binge and Restrictive Eating

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms have a direct relationship to both binge and restrictive eating, a new study concluded.

Negative mood and deficits in a patient’s awareness of and reliance on internal cues that indicate hunger or fullness mediate the relationships, researchers in the UK from the University of Birmingham found.

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