Finding the Right Words to Say: AED Releases Infographic on Using Sensitive and Medically Appropriate Language in the Eating Disorders Community

In an effort to reduce the stigma associated with eating disorders, the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) recently released an infographic based on an article written by multiple current or former editors and associate editors of the International Journal of Eating Disorders (IJED), “Speaking of That: Terms to Avoid or Reconsider in the Eating Disorders Field.” The authors of Speaking of That created a streamlined version of 50 relevant psychological and psychiatric terms that should be avoided in the eating disorders community.

Smarter apps to help fight the scourge of eating disorders

Around 20 million people suffer from eating disorders. Debilitating and stressful at best, at worst fatal, those suffering can face long delays in getting treatment. But smart tech could speed things up.

Study: Feminism Could Solve Eating Disorders

A new study suggests that feminist theory can help treat those suffering from eating disorders and could even prevent people from developing eating disorders.

“The medical framework may offer the patient a greater sense of personal agency when it comes to feelings of control in recovery,” lead researcher Dr. Susan Holmes said, according to Cetus News. “Given that anorexia in particular is seen to be tightly intertwined with issues of control, this is clearly worth some thought.”

Eating disorder treatments need to consider social, cultural implications of the illness

People in treatment for eating disorders are poorly served when it comes to addressing the cultural aspects of eating problems, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

This emerges as part of an overall set of findings that suggest contemporary eating disorder (ED) treatment in the UK pays little attention to the cultural contexts for eating problems, such as gender. Although EDs affect people across different genders, ethnicities and ages, women and girls are disproportionately affected by eating problems.

Both obese and anorexic women have low levels of 'feel good' neurosteroid

Women at opposite extremes of the weight spectrum have low levels of the neuroactive steroid allopregnanolone, according to new research published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

Previous research has linked low levels of allopregnanolone -- known to scientists as "allo" -- to depression and anxiety, which are common mood disorders associated with anorexia nervosa and obesity.

Eating disorders linked to immune system diseases

Researchers have found new links between eating disorders and immune system diseases that they say could help inform diagnosis and treatment.
"Our findings support compelling lines of evidence from researchers suggesting that immune system disturbance is both comorbid with psychiatric disorders and can increase risk for illness," authors said in the study "Eating Disorders, Autoimmune, and Autoinflammatory Disease" (Zerwas S, et al. Pediatrics. Nov. 9, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-2089).

Sudbury dietitian warns of consequences when scrutinizing kids' food

When a child brings a less-than-optimal lunch to school, it may be best to keep your thoughts to yourself.

Tammy Cheguis, a registered dietitian with the Sudbury and District Health Unit, said "lunch shaming" — pointing out unhealthy foods or the absence of a certain food group in a lunch bag — can have some unintended consequences.

"You may be making that comment to the child, but indirectly, you're now criticizing and judging the parent," she said.

"That parent might be doing the best they can do."

B.C.'s high-school curriculum and education: Need. More. Mental. Health.

Teens stand in a line, poised and ready to run. Their partners sit cross-legged on the grass nearby with pencils and marking sheets in hand, ready to jot down the runners' times the next six times they pass them.

This is the third time this school year the students will be participating in this activity—a timed six laps around the running track—as part of their fitness and physical-health evaluation.

What we learn from our mothers: body image, self-esteem and eating disorders

It's a straightforward but personal question — how comfortable are you with your appearance? 

Hillary McBride, a registered clinical counsellor in British Columbia, asks women that question in her new book Mothers, Daughters and Body Image and focuses on the influence of family on self-esteem and body perception.

The book arose from her own experiences with an eating disorder and body image issues, McBride told CBC B.C. Almanac host Gloria Macarenko.

The Psychology Behind Excess Weight Patients

Carlos Grilo, PhD Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Director of the Program for Obesity Weight and Eating Research (POWER), Yale University School of Medicine: Obesity is something that is a prevalent problem, but even though it's so common, it's associated with a lot obesity stigma and discrimination. Many people who are obese feel and perceive they have been repeatedly treated poorly or unfairly because of their excess weight. And that actually backfires — that doesn't lead to people developing more healthful lives and eating better, and exercising more.

Lessons Learned from the Minnesota Starvation Experiment

The Minnesota Starvation Experiment was a landmark study done back in the 1940’s by researcher Ancel Keys and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota.  It is still quite relevant today, and has many implications for eating disorder treatment and recovery.

Recap of how they did the study:

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