Eating disorders are not all about food

Eating disorders are very complex conditions, and have the highest mortality rate of any mental health issue. 

25 years ago, with a few other physicians, Dr. Christine Lammerse and Dr. Joan Fujiwara led the way in establishing Fraser Health’s community-based treatment program for those suffering from eating disorders. 

As pioneers in the eating disorder treatment field in B.C., I connected with Drs. Lammerse and Fujiwara on what makes eating disorders so complex and how treatment has changed.  

Statement - On World Eating Disorders Action Day Break the Shame, Stigma and Silence

On behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), Louise Bradley, President and CEO, made the following statement.

"Through open and supportive dialogue during World Eating Disorders Action Day and beyond, we can help break the cycle of shame, stigma and silence that leads to inaction around these diseases.

Novel Drug Shows Promise for Binge Eating Disorder

A novel dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor is showing promise in patients with binge eating disorder (BED).

Short Film About Eating Disorders Wins Art With Impact's June 2017 Mental Health Film Competition

Short film by featured poet and advocate is the 36th short film to enter Art With Impact's mental health film collection

Prenatal stress predisposes female mice to binge eating

Stress changes our eating habits, but the mechanism may not be purely psychological, research in mice suggests. A study published May 30 in Cell Metabolism found that stressed mouse mothers were more likely to give birth to pups that would go on to exhibit binge-eating-like behavior later in life. The female mouse pups from stressed mothers shared epigenetic tags on their DNA, but these epigenetic markers only made a difference when the researchers put the young offspring into a stressful situation.

What's Weight got to do with it?

National diagnostic guidelines indicate that body mass index (BMI) determines an individual’s anorexia nervosa (AN) severity rating. However, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that a large portion of female patients with this eating disorder first develop one symptom of starvation at a normal BMI.

The study was published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

A flip switch for binge-eating?

Researchers have identified a subgroup of neurons in the mouse brain that, upon activation, immediately prompt binge-like eating. Furthermore, repeated stimulation of these neurons over time caused the mice to gain weight. The zona incerta (ZI) is a relatively understudied part of the brain.

World Eating Disorders Healthcare Rights

Know the "World Eating Disorder Healthcare Rights", an AED Global Blueprint for promoting Excellence in Care through Patient-Carer-Professional Partnerships

Perfectionism and Eating Disorders

Are you an emotional eater? Blame your parents, study suggests

Are you turning to pizza, cookies and ice cream when you’re sad? New research suggests that emotional eating has ties way back to childhood — and that parents may be to blame if you’re turning to food for comfort.


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What is the BC Centres for Excellence in Eating Disorders?

The BC Centres for Excellence in Eating Disorders (BC CFE) aims to build knowledge and capacity amongst hospital, clinicians, community providers, patients and families in BC to support the provision of high quality eating disorders prevention, early intervention, treatment and follow-up services. The BC CFE links to the BC Eating Disorders Community of Practice (CoP).

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