Picky eater or health problem? B.C. doctor talks about an unfamiliar disorder

For some children at the dinner table, it’s simply a matter of picky eating, but for others, it may be a legitimate eating disorder that brings anxiety, extreme weight loss and malnutrition.

To mark Eating Disorder Awareness Week, BC Children’s Hospital is focusing on a relatively unknown condition that only became a recognized diagnosis in 2013: avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, also known as ARFID.

The Looking Glass Foundation: Update on Programs!

GREAT NEWS!  Registration for our annual Summer Camp is NOW OPEN!  Sign up today here:  www.lookingglassbc.com/summer-camp/registration

Genetic risk, stress, dieting triggers anorexia

A combination of genetic and environmental risk factors can trigger eating disorders in humans, finds a study conducted in mice, which can lead to prevention and treatment strategies for the fatal disorder.

Grégoire-Trudeau speaks out on girls, fitness and self-esteem

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau jogged around a downtown Montreal block Thursday to give a First-Lady sized publicity boost to a foundation that encourages teenage girls to embrace active, healthy lifestyles.

Anorexia-like condition in mice triggered by combination of genetic risk, stress, dieting

In a new study, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) described a new mouse model featuring a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors that can trigger the compulsive restriction of food intake seen in patients with anorexia nervosa. The findings may help to identify new prevention and treatment strategies for the eating disorder in humans.  The study was published online in the journal Translational Psychiatry.

IPT Effective for Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), which was developed initially for the treatment of depression, may have some efficacy in the treatment of other mental disorders, such as anxiety or eating disorders, new research shows.

"This is the largest meta-analysis ever conducted for IPT," coauthor Myrna M. Weissman, PhD, the Diane Goldman Kemper Family Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City, told Medscape Medical News.

The Big, Fat Lie We Need To Stop Buying

When an 8th grader was asked about BMI in class

A few weeks before this student got a BMI assignment, every student in the class was weighed and made to calculate their BMI, or body mass index. According to the student's mother, her daughter is perfectly healthy, she eats well and she's active ... but according to her BMI, she was "obese."

New insights on eating disorders

New insights on eating disorders

Scientists are uncovering the faulty neurobiology behind anorexia and bulimia, debunking the myth that such eating disorders are solely driven by culture and environment.

By Kirsten Weir

April 2016, Vol 47, No. 4

Print version: page 36

New insights on eating disorders