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.

BC Needs to Change: Lack of ED/SU Integrated Treatment Programs

**An open letter from students of the School of Population and Public Health

An Expert Q&A On All Things Exercise and Eating Disorder Recovery

As eating disorder dietitians, we find that many of our clients – because of the documented health benefits from exercising – feel afraid to change their relationships with exercise.
They have often heard the benefits of exercise being praised and admired. Yet, they may have also experienced trauma from exercise or felt ashamed of moving their bodies.
We hope to start a discussion, offer permission, and inspire you to chart your own path of addressing exercise in recovery. In the process, we would like to share our own experiences of exercise and recovery.

Culinary medicine’s next wave: How therapists are using the rituals of eating to treat victims of trauma

From birth, Jessica says, she was sexually abused. Until she was 14, she was a victim of sex trafficking. And then she entered into an abusive relationship.

That abuse, and the trauma she built up during those experiences of acute powerlessness, had broken her. She was always on guard, she says, super jumpy and hypervigilant.

There was, however, one sliver of her day-to-day existence where she felt she had dominion over her experience.

“I couldn’t control anything in my life,” Jessica says. “So I decided I would control my food.”

Parkinson and binge eating: A new study investigates the reason why

The results of a new study conducted by Damiano Terenzi, Raffaella Rumiati and Marilena Aiello of SISSA show that "binge eating," which affects some Parkinson's patients, is associated with an impairment of working memory. This deficit prevents people from remembering the long-term goal of healthy eating behaviours. A fault in this mechanism was previously associated with eating disorders that typically affect adolescents.

Could GLP-1 receptor agonists play a larger role in binge eating disorder treatment?

Earlier this month, Novo Nordisk published results from a Phase II trial involving 957 participants demonstrating the weight-loss efficacy of its latest glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist Ozempic (semaglutide) in non-diabetic patients.

These positive results, which showed that 65% of those receiving once-daily Ozempic lost 10% or more of body weight after 52 weeks, raise speculation that Ozempic or other GLP-1 receptor agonists could become a potential treatment for binge eating disorder (BED).

Blood Test May Distinguish Anorexia From 'Constitutional Thinness'

A simple, inexpensive blood test can help clinicians to distinguish between anorexia nervosa (AN) and constitutional thinness (CT) in severely underweight young women, new research suggests.

Since the introduction of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the diagnostic criteria for AN have relied on psychological factors, making it harder to distinguish AN from CT.

Psychotherapy Is 'The' Biological Treatment

Neuroscience surprisingly teaches us that not only is psychotherapy purely biological, but it is the only real biological treatment. It addresses the brain in the way it actually develops, matures, and operates. It follows the principles of evolutionary adaptation. It is consonant with genetics. And it specifically heals the problematic adaptations of the brain in precisely the ways that they evolved in the first place. Psychotherapy deactivates maladaptive brain mappings and fosters new and constructive pathways. Let me explain.

Compassion-Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders: Q + A with Dr. Stan Steindl

Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) is a psychotherapeutic model that draws from evolutionary science and the science of compassion to alleviate suffering. CFT has been shown to be particularly useful in the alleviation of shame and self-criticism, and has been found to be effective with a range of populations struggling with various afflictions.

The following is a Q+A with Dr. Stan Steindl from the  Compassionate Mind Research Group) at the University of Queensland.

1.  What makes CFT unique as a model?

5 Reasons to Refer to a Dietician if Your Patient has Binge Eating or Bulimia Nervosa

Do you have patients that struggle with binge eating associated with binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa?  Are your patients not getting better or is their recovery stagnated?

This Ontario Doctor Is Calling On Teachers To Stop Publicly Weighing Their Students

An Ottawa doctor is calling on teachers to stop weighing their students in classrooms.

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, author of The Diet Fix and creator of the blog Weighty Matters, published a blog post on Monday that argues that announcing children's weight in classrooms can lead to bullying.

The family doctor writes he was inspired to publish the blog post after his 11-year-old daughter's teacher weighed all the students in her Grade 5 class in front of each other to teach them about volume.