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Junk-food ban in Canadian schools is working, study finds

New research has found that students exposed to a school junk-food ban have a lower BMI on average than those who are not.  

In Canada’s ongoing battle against childhood obesity, one simple weapon appears to be working.

Over the past 12 years, six provinces have banned junk food from schools, and a new study says the measure is having a positive effect on student health.

Psychology research team analyzes online prevention project

Ringer Distinguished Professor of Psychology Melinda Green hasn’t missed a beat on her research about the heart’s relationship to eating disorders for 15 years.

It has focused on the fact that there is a certain marker that is present in women with diagnosable eating disorders, but each year new discoveries are made.

“Now, we are trying to find out what shifts within their physiology are leading to cardiac risk,” Green said. “We are trying to identify the predictors of that marker.”

Is new Netflix drama To The Bone glorifying eating disorders?

We spoke to people with experience of eating disorders about To The Bone, a film about anorexia coming to Netflix next month.  

A gaunt and thin girl sits at a stylish breakfast bar in an all-American, middle-class home. A plate of bland food is placed in front of her: pork, noodles, green beans and a bread roll. In a flash, she identifies the calories in each foodstuff from memory, raising a fist in triumph when her sister confirms she is correct. “It’s like you have calorie Asperger’s,” the sister says with an eye roll.  

Eating disorder app launched through new Swansea University innovation project

A £13.5million project which brings together academics, clinicians and industry to pioneer research into cutting-edge health technologies is now up and running.  Dr Gerry Ronan, from Swansea University, is leading the project.  


Woman’s own healing lessons now help others with business Girls On Boards ~soon coming to Vancouver

It can take half a lifetime for wounds to heal from our youth and young adulthood. When Mia Lockhart was 12 years old, she developed an eating disorder. Through her own process of healing that continues to this day, Lockhart knows she now has a much healthier relationship with her body.

Mia Lockhart and her my two teenage daughters, Jasmine and Jade.

Helping Patients to Break Free From Perfectionism

Often for my patients that struggle with perfectionism, I notice a common theme in that they tend to have a very harsh “inner critic.”Patients who describe themselves as perfectionists often “beat themselves up” for perceived setbacks or mistakes. Additionally, they typically have “black and white” thinking patterns where they either see something as a “success” or “failure.”

The following are three tips for helping clients to break free from perfectionism.

1.Help Them to Practice Self-Compassion.

Further support for genetic factors underlying addictions & binge eating

Impairment of a particular gene raises increases susceptibility to opioid addiction liability as well as vulnerability to binge eating according to a new study.

Anorexia nervosa has a genetic basis

A large-scale, international whole-genome analysis has now revealed for the first time that anorexia nervosa is associated with genetic anomalies on chromosome 12. This finding might lead to new, interdisciplinary approaches to its treatment. The study was led by the University of North Carolina and has been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Child and adolescent psychiatrist Andreas Karwautz from MedUni Vienna's Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was responsible for the Austrian contribution.

What Childhood Trauma Does to Brain Development: New research points to neurobiological sex differences in youth with PTSD.

Traumatic stress impacts the developing brains of males and females differently, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program.

Using the Family Dinner to Model a Food Neutral Mentality

You sit down to eat dinner with the family. Perhaps you think my due diligence is done – I can now check off “family dinners” on my “Good Parenting List.” Is this true? Is eating together the answer to raising healthy and happy eaters? As with anything, it depends, and of course, differs for each child and/or family. However, in general dinner conversation, food served and food eaten affects our children’s relationship with food and body. Use the family dinner as an opportunity to create a neutral food and body mentality.

The Family Dinner