Canadian food policy is not the answer to obesity: Harvard professor

Canadians’ ever-expanding waistlines are not going to be shrunk by a Liberal promise to develop a National Food Policy, a top Harvard professor says.

Excess social media use is causing eating disorders, finds Canadian study

A new study in psychology finds that youth with body image concerns are more likely to spend excessive amounts of time on social media sites, contributing to eating disorder behaviour.

TELL OR NOT TELL: Therapists With a Personal History of an Eating Disorder

By Carolyn Costin M.A., M.E.d., LMFT, FAED, CEDS and Alli Spotts-De Lazzer M.A., LMFT, LPCC, CEDS

Online group therapy may be effective treatment for bulimia nervosa

Eight years ago, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched a new kind of clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of online therapy – delivered through group chat sessions – to face-to-face group therapy for the treatment of bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder marked by recurrent episodes of binge eating (or eating an unusually large amount of food and feeling out of control) coupled with purging behaviors such as vomiting, laxative abuse, or excessive exercise.

New insights on how depression and anxiety change the body

A new study suggests that depression and anxiety change the body in different ways, with depression affecting the stomach and anxiety affecting the skin. This highlights how mental problems and physical disorders are often interlinked.

New app that helps mental health experts detect depression and suicidal thoughts in teen speech

We communicate in many ways, not just with our words. But nonverbal signals are often missed in conversation. Now, social scientists have found a way to train machines to spot the linguistic tics that show psychological distress.

10 Simple Steps for Helping Your Clients Manage Anxiety

Anxiety is as much a part of our culture as television, cell phones, and divisive politics. If your clients are like most everyone else, from time to time they worry about paying next month’s rent or mortgage, panic when they think about their upcoming presentation at work, and stress over how they will buy Christmas presents for more people this year even though they have less money to spend.

‘Does this make me look big?’ Researchers explore what makes women ‘fat talk’

It’s something most women are guilty of. “I feel fat,” one will declare after a meal, no matter its size, to which her friend might reply, “God, if you think you’re fat, what about me?”

Fat talk, the everyday negative and body-disparaging comments and conversations between women about eating, weight and body shape (“I hate my thighs”, “She’s so thin!”) is fuelled by women who put more importance on physical appearance and attractiveness and who feel pressure to achieve the “perfect” body, suggests a new study exploring why women do it.

Weight-Bias With Eating Disorder Professionals

Our weight and diet-obsessed world is a complicated climate for individuals who are in eating disorder recovery. However, even within the eating disorder recovery community, fat-phobia and weight-stigma abounds. Weight stigma is commonly defined as shame, biases, or judgment, which is placed upon an individual based on their body size or weight.

Currently, our culture places a large value on “thinness.” We are constantly sold the message that “thin” is good and “fat” is bad.

Eating Disorders Research Gets a New Direction

Considered the deadliest mental illness in the United States, clinically-significant eating disorders will affect approximately 20 million women and 10 million men at some point in their lives.