6 Differences Between Picky Eating and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Ever wonder if your child’s picky eating is more than just picky eating? While the majority of toddlers and young children experience some type of picky eating as a normal part of their childhood development, there is a line where normal picky eating can become dangerous – and where medical and psychological intervention may be necessary.

The Link Between Eating Disorders and Running

In the community of female athletes, an epidemic known as the female athlete triad is gaining headlines. The presence of the triad — a condition characterized by energy deficiency, absent or irregular menstrual cycles and reduced bone density — can almost always be credited to the same culprit: disordered eating.

Hunger is a gatekeeper of pain in the brain

A neuronal population has now been found that regulates two competing needs — hunger and pain. Urgent pain overrides hunger, but appetite-inducing neuronal activity dampens long-term pain responses to enable feeding.

Some Highlights of the 2018 iaedp Symposium in Orlando

The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) 2018 Symposium, held in Orlando from March 22-25, began with multiple sessions on the many advances in neuroscience of the mind and, fittingly, ended by pairing the new with a time-honored approach, using hope in therapy. Nearly 900 eating disorders professionals from the US and abroad attended.

The pickiest of kids ate dozens of new foods after a two-week training devised by a psychologist

Repeat exposure to new tastes could help fussy children learn to like new foods.

If a child is a fussy eater, there’s probably not one single reason why. It could be genes. It could be the subtle hints the child—or small baby—has learned by watching their family at the table. It could be the psychological connections that their parents have helped forge between certain foods and emotions. Then again, becoming choosy about what to eat is also a normal part of development—up to a point.

Clinician Insight: Exploring the Link Between Bipolar Disorder and Binge Eating Disorder

Bipolar disorder (BD) affects nearly 3.0% of adults and adolescents in the United States.1 Among all the mood disorders, BD is associated with the highest percentage (82.9%) of patients with serious impairment.1 In addition to clinical, occupational, and interpersonal impairment, high rates of comorbidity contribute to the difficulties of individuals with BD. Anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and impulse-control disorders are especially overrepresented in this patient group.2

Researcher Interview: Eating Disorders Raise Risk of Being Bullied

Researcher Interview for Author of Article: 
Lee KS, Vaillancourt T. Longitudinal Associations Among Bullying by Peers, Disordered Eating Behavior, and Symptoms of Depression During Adolescence. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online April 11, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.0284

Looking Glass raises funds for eating disorders

Community of love

Mothers whose daughters have suffered from anorexia nervosa and bulimia, Looking Glass Foundation founders Deborah Grimm and Dolores Elliott have dedicated their lives to creating a community of support for young people with eating disorders. Created in 2002, the registered charity aims to curtail the rampant escalation of eating disorders through meaningful prevention and early intervention and to ensure that those who are suffering  — some 1.5 million Canadians — have access to the support and recovery they need.

Tips for Parents living with a Picky Eater

What happens if your picky-eating child doesn’t grow out of it? What if you’re begging a 15-year-old to just taste a green vegetable? After all, by the time they’re adolescents, kids have spending money, autonomy, and access to plenty of junk food. So what is a parent supposed to do when the strategies they used when the kid was six simply don’t work anymore?

Could this study explain the mechanism behind binge eating?

Binge eating is closely linked to obesity; it establishes a vicious cycle of unhealthful diet-related habits. What is the mechanism behind binge eating, though? A new study conducted in mice might bring us a step closer to answering this question.

Obesity is now a global epidemic that health organizations worldwide are struggling to control.

Their mission isn't made any easier by the fact that many developed countries — such as the United States — will often provide a perfect context for damaging habits such as binge eating.

Rethinking therapy: How 45 questions can revolutionize mental health care in Canada

Therapy is a tried-and-true treatment for what ails our minds, but it hasn’t caught up with medicine in tracking the data needed to make patients better. Could simple surveys help change that? Erin Anderssen investigates...
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