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.  

When men have body-image disorders

DALLAS—They’re fixated by fitness magazines, addicted to abs workouts. They measure what they eat, they know what they weigh, and they may not be the gender you surmise.

“What’s happening,” Dallas personal trainer Kevin Durio says, “is that guys are just as susceptible to magazine covers as women are.”

Are food pics a sign of a disorder?

Oh, look, Jenny ate steak last night and Tim had the chicken parm. Looks yummy, writes Carin Lane on the Times Union's Healthy Life blog.

"Foodstagramming" on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has been going on almost as long as cellphones have had cameras.

While food-related posts and pictures can be annoying, sometimes interesting and definitely a way to see what's on the menu at local restaurants, they also can signal a problem, according to a study presented earlier this week at the Canadian Obesity Summit in Vancouver.

Link to eating disorders raises concerns about school health programs

When a healthy-living program came to an Ontario school, a top student, age 14, decided he would ace fitness and nutrition, too.

Couple to go the distance

FOR Ginny and Kerry Dennehy, enough is enough.

While the couple has tirelessly worked to do whatever it takes to prevent suicide in young people, this year, they're truly going the distance to make their dreams a reality.

Founders of The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, named for their son who died at age 17 in 2001, the result of a depression-related suicide, they've raised more than $5 million to combat mental illness, including helping finance the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at B.C. Children's Hospital, which opened in 2008.

School-based ‘healthy living’ programs triggering eating disorders in some children: Canadian study

School-based, obesity-prevention programs that push “healthy eating” are triggering disordered eating in some children, creating sudden neuroses around food in children who never before worried about their weight, Canadian researchers report.

Empowered Health: Fighting eating disorders through dance

For years, Tannis Hugill endured eating disorders. Not that anyone around her knew.

“I was a choreographer, an experimental dance theatre artist, and I was fully in the world,” recalled Hugill. “The eating disorder was a hidden thing — which is very common.”

The Montreal-born Hugill was living in New York City at the time and seeing a psychotherapist about her condition. “But I knew in my gut talking was not helpful. I knew that I needed to see a dance movement therapist.”

Eating disorders not a problem solely of women and girls

Until relatively recently, heart disease was perceived as a man’s problem. Consequently, women were less likely than men to think of themselves as susceptible to heart disease, and therefore often delayed seeking treatment.

Even worse, the belief that heart disease was a man’s problem affected the way doctors treated female patients. If, for example, a woman presented with chest pains, doctors often looked for some cause other than heart disease. And this, of course, led to misdiagnosis, which in turn meant women did not receive proper treatment.

Surrey stylist cut and snip to help youth fight eating disorders

Champers Salon in Fleetwood is cutting hair for a cause on Thursday, March 21 - and it doesn't matter if you have a buzz cut, a pompadour or anything in between.

Fifteen stylists are volunteering their time, offering haircuts for a minimum donation of $20. Proceeds will go to the Looking Glass Foundation, a North Vancouver-based organization that provides counselling and support for young adults ages 17 to 24 with eating disorders.

PEDAW IS HERE!

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign (PEDAW) is HERE!

Eating disorders survivor now helps others

As Amy Candido shopped for a dress for her wedding last June, her friends urged her to lose weight to ensure it would fit on the big day, to look her slimmest best as she walked down the aisle.
She ignored them.

"That dress is for me, no matter how I am," she thought.

That's a long way from 10 years ago, when Candido had to get her prom dress taken in a few times as she continued to lose weight.

Candido had an eating disorder.

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