Collaborative Care in Eating Disorders and Non-Negotiables: Why do we need them and how do they work?

Imagine these scenarios…

You’ve been seeing a patient with severe anorexia nervosa for a number of weeks in therapy. Together, you have begun addressing and thinking about the core features that have contributed to the eating disorders onset and maintenance. But recently the patient’s weight has begun to drop, and she has not been seen by her GP. She says that she has fainted several times in the last week. You raise the issue of her going into hospital, but she says “that’s the last thing I want to do…”

Or…

New podcast released with a dedication to finding a solution to eating disorders

New podcast from Australia's InsideOut Institute has recently launched with the dedication to finding a solution to eating disorders. 

More information here:  https://insideoutinstitute.org.au/podcasts

Wake Up Weight Watchers

**Visit: www.wakeupweightwatchers.com for more information and actions steps.

On August13th, Weight Watchers rolled out Kurbo, a nutrition and weight-loss app for kids as young as 8, and up to 17. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder. This app will literally kill people.

How stress can curb the desire to eat in an animal model

Eating disorder researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have discovered a neurocircuit in mice that, when activated, increased their stress levels while decreasing their desire to eat. Findings appear in Nature Communications.

Weight-loss app for kids is irresponsible, experts say

A coalition of Canadian eating-disorder clinicians, dietitians and health-care professionals are calling a new weight-loss app for children dangerous.

"Our clients are going through so much at these vulnerable ages — puberty and body changes. And gamifying habits that reward food restriction is harmful," said Ary Maharaj, who is an educational coordinator with the National Eating Disorder Information Centre, or NEDIC.

Managing Low Bone Mineral Density in Adolescents with Eating Disorders: A Review of Pathophysiology, Diagnostic Modalities, and Treatment

Medical complications are frequently seen in patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN).1 Loss of bone mineral density (BMD), though not often the initial focus of eating disorder treatment, can persist long after apparent recovery from AN. It is a well-established consequence of poor nutritional intake, and is particularly concerning for the developing bodies of adolescent patients.

6 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship With Exercise

Time for a pop quiz. Two people are running: Runner A is logging a long 20-miler because she truly enjoys it; running clears her head and makes her feel strong. Runner B is tackling five miles — but because she just ate a cookie and feels guilty about it. She's punishing herself and wants to burn off the calories.

'Orthorexia' vying for classification as mental disorder as more people become obsessed with 'clean eating'

Is an obsession with “clean eating” a bona fide mental disorder deserving of its own diagnosis in psychiatry’s official manual of mental illness?

A flurry of new studies and reviews is breathing new life into so-called orthorexia nervosa, loosely defined as a pathological fixation on eating “pure” foods. At its extreme, adherents shun all sugar, all carbs, all dairy, all meat and animal products, gluten, starch, pesticides, herbicides — anything that isn’t natural, organic or “clean.”

Workshops and online interventions provide support for parents of anorexia patients

In a pilot projected at the University Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of MedUni Wien and AKH Wien, parents of anorexia patients were familiarized with the illness in the form of workshops and an online intervention and introduced to skills for the interaction with their children in order to promote healing. The scientific evaluation showed the clear and lasting reduction of the psychological stress within the family affected by the eating disorder. The results are now presented during the largest European Child Psychiatry Congress (30 June to 2 July) in Vienna.

Taking Our Place at the Table as Citizen Scientists and Clinicians

By S. Bryn Austin

Imagine a world where girls, boys, and children of all genders believe in themselves. A world where they are willing to speak up to share their ideas, speak out when they see something unfair, and step in to lead to make positive change in their communities and lives.

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