New PATSED 'Let Us Eat Cake' Podcast

The Provincial Adult Tertiary Specialized Eating Disorders (PATSED) Program dietitians Ali Eberhardt and Hannah Robinson are excited to announce the launch of their new podcast “Let Us Eat Cake”, coming this summer, 2019!

Similarities and Differences Between Over-Exercise and Compulsive Exercise

Exercise is a good thing, right? Most Americans don’t get enough exercise and suffer the health consequences, right? So, we should all move more, right? Right—and wrong. Professionals in the eating disorders field know that one of the most frustrating aspects of treating eating disorders is that not only do good things, like the pleasures of eating and the vitality-inducing properties of movement, go bad, they’re twisted and transmuted into things that have nothing to do with nutrition and exercise: measuring sticks of a person’s virtue and worth.

Assessment and Treatment of Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is the newest eating disorder diagnosis included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). ARFID replaces the diagnosis of feeding disorder of infancy and childhood, and captures a broad spectrum of restrictive eating behaviors, not motivated by weight or shape, that are present across the life span.

16 Ways Equine Assisted Therapy is an Effective Intervention

Equine Assisted Therapy has existed in different forms for close to three decades. While horse people have long understood the benefits, it’s taken time and scientific proof to convince traditional mental health professionals to open up to the idea.

In an article posted recently on Psychology Today, Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. writes that “Growing evidence supports the effectiveness of treatment with horses in a therapeutic environment. Studies have resulted in a body of literature supporting the therapeutic value of the human-animal interaction.”

Substance Use Disorders and Malnutrition

A healthy diet and adequate nutrition are fundamental for the brain and body to function normally.  Unfortunately, individuals with substance use disorders often neglect diet and nutrition, along with family, friends, and other areas of self-care. The reality is that individuals suffering from substance use disorders exhaust their time, energy, and money pursuing their destructive habits.

Making Waves: Make no bones about it, Dr. Haggie, eating disorders are a disease, not a challenge

The Canadian health-care system sucks.

At the beginning of February, the province recognized Eating Disorder Awareness Week. While it was recognized by our provincial government, the majority of the programming to promote awareness of the impact of eating disorders, as well as the resources available in our province, was hosted by the Eating Disorder Foundation of NL. Like many general health-related topics, the government didn’t put much effort into promoting awareness.

More parents, kids to get help from free mental health service

Parents and caregivers in B.C. whose children have anxiety impacting their development and day-to-day happiness at home, school and in the community will soon have access to a new, free intervention program.

The program includes access to educational videos and weekly telephone coaching sessions and will be available starting April 29, 2019.

Study finds 12 weeks of yoga reduces body-image dissatisfaction in women

Practicing yoga can improve negative self-attitude about one’s physical appearance, according to a new study in the journal Sex Roles that examined college-aged women.

Previous studies have found that women who are dissatisfied with their body are at increased risk of developing eating disorders and are more likely to suffer from depression and low self-esteem.

People consume more calories when eating with a smartphone, study finds

New research provides some initial evidence that distractions like smartphones could contribute to obesity, according to new research published in Physiology & Behavior.

“I have studied mastication and oral physiology for 15 years. I was interested in studying the influence of oral physiology on obesity and its comorbidities,” said study author Luciano Pereira, an associate professor at Federal University of Lavras in Brazil.

Compulsive Exercise & Eating Disorders

Exercise and body movement can be highly beneficial to one’s health. However, as with everything, moderation is key, and there are many times that exercise can become dangerous when coupled with disordered eating thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.

While compulsive exercise is not an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), many individuals struggle with the symptoms and behaviors related to it.

Results from The 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey

Teenagers in B.C. are struggling more with anxiety and depression, and taking part less in sports and volunteering, according to the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey.

The report, released Wednesday by the McCreary Centre Society, was administered in 58 of the province’s 60 school districts and was the sixth time students were asked to participate since 1992.

Despite the majority of adolescents rating their overall health and mental health as good or excellent, the report found that health ratings have declined from five years earlier.