Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019!

Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is February 1-7, 2019 and the CFE is busy promoting this year's theme, "Eating Disorders Can't Afford to Wait!" in hope to bring awareness that million's of people across Canada are currently struggling, with limited resources to provide support.

Do Not Tell Her to Lose Weight

Women are constantly exposed to weight-stigmatizing messages. They are pressured to lose weight—even by their partners. A new study, by Gettens and colleagues, suggests that women are more likely to lose weight and eat healthy when their male romantic partners support their autonomy.

What is autonomy?
Self-determination theory (SDT) distinguishes between autonomous motivation (acting with a full sense of willingness/choice) and controlled motivation (acting because of external pressures or obligations).

Canadian Eating Disorder Priority Setting Exercise: Results of Top 10

CEDPSP is excited to share the early results of the Canadian Eating Disorder Priority Setting Exercise which was just recently completed in mid-September. Thirty individuals from across Canada, with equal representation from those with lived experience, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, came together for a full-day to co-establish the top 10 research priorities for Anorexia Nervosa affecting females (15 years and older).

What to look for in mental well-being apps

Who are you likely to turn to when experiencing a change in mental health?

Many youth and young adults prefer seeking online, anonymous help rather than talking with their parents, peers or a professional, according to Ashley Radomski, a PhD candidate in the University of Alberta’s Department of Pediatrics.

Research illuminates positive body image in heterosexual and sexual minority men

In recent years, the body-positive movement has seen a rise in popularity and visibility. An overarching aim of the movement is to promote respect for all body types, regardless of characteristics like body shape, weight, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, or gender.

Doctors to prescribe museum visits to help patients 'escape from their own pain'

A group of Canadian physicians will be writing a new kind of prescription starting next month — a trip to the museum.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and a Montreal-based doctors' association are launching a pilot project Nov. 1 to treat patients to a day of paintings, sculpture and relaxation.

One of the doctors behind the initiative says a trip to the museum can benefit people with conditions from mental illness and eating disorders to diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as those in palliative care.

Apple donating 1,000 Apple Watches to help researchers understand eating disorders

Apple is donating 1,000 Apple Watches to help university researchers gain a better understanding of eating disorders such as binge eating or the more specific bulimia nervosa.

CNBC reports that the study is being carried out at the University of North Carolina.

Have Recommendations for Weight Restoration and Specialized Treatment for Eating Disorders Been Overturned?

A Position Statement.

A recent paper published in Psychological Medicine journal, titled “Treatment outcomes for anorexia nervosa: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials,” ( has been greeted with mixed reactions by the eating disorder community. Over the past few weeks F.E.A.S.T. has heard from families and clinicians with concerns that this paper tells us new information: that specialized treatments do not work, and that weight restoration does not improve recovery.

Anorexia nervosa patients prefer underweight bodies

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems placed test persons in front of their virtual selves and examined their self-perception. The aim of the studies was to investigate how accurately healthy women and men, including patients with anorexia nervosa, perceive their own body weight. The findings provide insights for new therapy approaches for people with eating disorders.

Abuse of Antidepressant for Weight Loss Leads to Seizures in Patient With Bulimia Nervosa

A recently published report in the International Journal of Eating Disorders describes the case of a 22-year old female patient who abused bupropion XR for the purpose of appetite suppression and weight loss.