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!

Focus on weight loss, not admission weight, in eating disorder management

Clinicians need to look beyond a teenager’s weight at the time of a visit when screening for eating disorders, according to a new report, which reveals that recent weight loss trends and eating habits may be more predictive of a problem than actual weight.

The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that teenagers with eating disorders who presented with higher recent weight loss—regardless of weight at the time of admission—had more complications from their disease.1

Ive battled depression, bulimia, and a broken back. Now, I’m stronger than ever.

I developed bulimia nervosa, depression, and anxiety when I was around 15.

My biggest fear was people knowing. Talking about my mental illness publicly was never something I saw myself doing when I was younger. But as I grew older my mindset changed, and when my mental health forced me to step away from sport for a season, I chose to open up about it.

Addressing Medicine’s Bias Against Patients Who Are Overweight

According to her obituary, Ellen Maud Bennett had felt unwell for a few years before her death in May 2018. But the physicians Bennett consulted couldn’t see past the extra pounds she carried. If she’d only lose weight, she’d feel better, they told her.

Finally, a physician must have suspected another reason for her malaise, because Bennett was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer just days before her death at age 64 years.

10 Tips For Intuitive Eating

Based on the book by Tribole and Resch, Intuitive Eating, there are 10 principles to go by:

Do not go on a diet
If you engage in the diet mentality, you restrict the foods you eat. Perhaps you eat nothing white, or do the keto diet, Atkins diet, paleo diet, or whatever the current diet fad is. This may work in the short term, but diets do not work. Most people end up gaining back all the weight they lost while on the diet.

Anorexia knows no body type — and thinking otherwise can be a barrier to treatment

No matter how much you think you know about the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, odds are one image comes to mind: an emaciated white teenage girl. But that stereotype ignores the fact that anorexia knows no age, gender or race, and it sidesteps the reality that anorexia can happen at any body weight.

Community Support Offers Hope for Students Living with Eating Disorders

There are a few clinically-recognized types of eating disorders in the American Psychology Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known commonly as the DSM V.

Anorexia nervosa manifests in behaviour which prevents maintenance of a healthy weight, including restricting calorie intake due to a fear of weight gain and distorted self-perception.

Binge-eating disorder refers to repeatedly eating large quantities of food regardless of hunger levels, and is often accompanied by feelings of guilt, depression, or psychological stress.

Genetics and Anorexia Nervosa – Anomalies on Chromosome 12

Eating disorders are biopsychosocial disorders, meaning, the behaviors are impacted by biology, psychology, and sociology.

Social aspects of eating disorders are often discussed. However, the biological aspect is one with which people are less familiar. Even so, the genetic aspects of anorexia nervosa (AN) are essential to better understanding the disease.

Binge Eating Disorder & Diabetes

Binge eating disorder (BED) and Type 2 Diabetes may seem unrelated. However, both are conditions that are far too prevalent in our society and the link between the two might be closer than you think.

Studies show that individuals diagnosed with BED have a higher prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes when compared to the general population [1].

Not only that, it appears that individuals diagnosed with BED have a higher risk of acquiring Type 2 Diabetes [1].

Positive body image linked to better — and safer — sex

Having a positive body image isn’t just associated with greater sexual desire and self-esteem — according to a new scientific review, it’s also associated with better sexual communication and safer sex.

“As a body image researcher, I’ve always been interested in the connection between body image and sexuality. It seems intuitive and both body image and sexuality are important parts of adults’ lives. Yet, there is not much research on this topic, particularly among men,” said study author Meghan M. Gillen, an associate professor of psychology at Penn State Abington.

Persistent low body weight in young kids increases risk for anorexia nervosa later, study finds

A new study has found that a persistent low body mass index (BMI) in children, starting as young as age 2 for boys and 4 for girls, may be a risk factor for the development of anorexia nervosa in adolescence.