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The Eating Disorders CoP Networking Days is where you'll have the opportunity to learn, exchange knowledge, make connections, and share experiences about eating disorders practice in BC.

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An appetite for support: Link found between eating disorders and gender identity

Alicia Pinelli was standing in line at the York University cafeteria during lunch when the reality of an eating disorder sunk in.

The province of Ontario had just implemented the Healthy Menu Choices Act, which requires regulated food services to publicly display the number of calories in their products.

Every Friday the 22-year-old would order the vegetarian noodle stir fry without sauce, but was now bombarded with the calorie count.

Pinelli sunk to the ground, overcome with anxiety upon realizing the meal was 100 calories more than they thought.

Inside the Mind of a Perfectionist Athlete

“A minor setback paves the way for a major comeback”

Substance Use: Eight Strategies to Help Patients Maintain Recovery

"Robert is a 28-year-old who was suspended from his job after getting a DUI that was reported in a local newspaper. He was referred to you after completing a 30-day court-ordered rehabilitation program. When he comes to your office, he appears anxious and withdrawn, and he makes little eye contact. He reports a desire to stay sober, but admits to powerful cravings that are exacerbated by financial stress and family conflict.

ARFID: ED or Feeding Disorder?

Untangling the overlap between the two disorders.

Avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is listed as a current diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5). Drs. Grace A Kennedy, Madeline R. Wick, and Pamela K. Keel, from Florida State University recently reviewed the  medical literature from the last 3 years to compare ARFID’s similarities to and differences from feeding disorders and eating disorders (F1000Research 2018, 7(F1000 Faculty Rev) doi:10.12668/f1000research.13110).

A Broad View: Disordered Eating on the Autism Spectrum

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurobiological condition defined by limitations in communication and social interaction.  However, the secondary or ancillary aspects of the condition typically receive the most interest in research and practice, including atypical sensory processing and stimulus over-selectivity.

A new study says that writing exercises could be a positive step in helping women improve their body image.

For all the women out there, you can now write away your body image blues to get out of the ‘ideal body’ rut. A recent study has found that writing exercises are a positive step which women can take towards improving body image. A negative body image can often lead to a number of worrisome outcomes, including eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.

Overweight Young Adults Twice as Likely to Binge, Purge Than Thinner Young Adults

Researchers say medical professionals need to do a better job of diagnosing eating disorders among obese and overweight adults 18 to 24 years old.

Obese and overweight young adults are twice as likely than their slimmer peers to try to control their weight through unhealthy means such as binging, purging, using laxatives, or forcing themselves to vomit.

That’s the finding of a recent study from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

Emotional eating 'learned by children not inherited'

Children who eat more or less when stressed or upset have learned the behaviour rather than inherited it, a study suggests.

A study by University College London found home environment was the main cause of emotional eating.

And this was due to parental behaviours including giving upset children their favourite food to soothe them.

But eating-disorder charity Beat says parents shouldn't be blamed for children's eating issues.

Emotional eating "indicates an unhealthy relationship to food", said senior lead researcher Dr Clare Llewellyn.

Looking Glass Executive Director Stacey Huget to leave the Foundation this summer

The Looking Glass Foundation (LGF) announced today that Stacey Huget will be leaving the organization later this summer as she returns to school full-time to complete her accreditation as a Registered Professional Counsellor.  Stacey joined the Foundation as Executive Director in December 2014 after serving as a consultant to the Board for several years.

"Stacey has contributed enormously to the growth and impact of the Foundation over the past several years, and we wish her all the best," says LGF Chair Debbie Slattery. "She will be missed."

6 FAQ parents want to know about eating disorders

Eating disorders are difficult to diagnose and have the highest death rate of all mental disorders.

According to Eating Disorder Hope, eating disorders do not discriminate. These disorders are complex mental afflictions that can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex or race. While this is true, globally there is a high prevalence of eating disorders among young children and teenagers. We approached clinical psychologist Janet Earl to help us answer common questions about the topic.

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