The BC Children’s Mental Health Literacy Team 2017/18 Online Annual Report

The BC Children’s Mental Health Literacy Team is excited to share our 2017/18 Online Annual Report!  Here you will find all the great work and accomplishments of this 2017/2018 year, including in eating disorders. Enjoy every picture, story, and statistic that celebrates youth, family, and community.  The annual report allows us to highlight accomplishments and share the impact of our work with partners, funders, key stakeholders and leadership.

Breaking Down The Trifecta: Obesity, Binge Eating Disorder & Bariatrics

New upload from Riverment Health:  Breaking Down The Trifecta: Obesity, Binge Eating Disorder & Bariatrics
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The Neuroscience of Anxiety and Anorexia

Think back to the last time you experienced feeling “hangry”—irritable, cranky or uncomfortable due to hunger. Perhaps it was when you had gone too long between meals, got held up in a lunch meeting or were engaging in a restrictive diet plan. This uncomfortable and desperate feeling occurs when we are depleted, and our bodies need energy.  Interestingly, for an individual struggling with anorexia, the experience of being overly hungry is quite different. Emptiness and energy depletion can actually leave an individual with anorexia feeling better.

Bone Impairment Differs Between Anorexia Nervosa and Athletic Amenorrhea

Women with anorexia nervosa show impairments across bone parameters, whereas women with athletic oligo-amenorrhea have increased stress fracture rates despite mostly normal bone mineral density (BMD), researchers report.

The Link Between Eating Disorders and Running

In the community of female athletes, an epidemic known as the female athlete triad is gaining headlines. The presence of the triad — a condition characterized by energy deficiency, absent or irregular menstrual cycles and reduced bone density — can almost always be credited to the same culprit: disordered eating.

Hunger is a gatekeeper of pain in the brain

A neuronal population has now been found that regulates two competing needs — hunger and pain. Urgent pain overrides hunger, but appetite-inducing neuronal activity dampens long-term pain responses to enable feeding.

Some Highlights of the 2018 iaedp Symposium in Orlando

The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) 2018 Symposium, held in Orlando from March 22-25, began with multiple sessions on the many advances in neuroscience of the mind and, fittingly, ended by pairing the new with a time-honored approach, using hope in therapy. Nearly 900 eating disorders professionals from the US and abroad attended.

The pickiest of kids ate dozens of new foods after a two-week training devised by a psychologist

Repeat exposure to new tastes could help fussy children learn to like new foods.

If a child is a fussy eater, there’s probably not one single reason why. It could be genes. It could be the subtle hints the child—or small baby—has learned by watching their family at the table. It could be the psychological connections that their parents have helped forge between certain foods and emotions. Then again, becoming choosy about what to eat is also a normal part of development—up to a point.

Clinician Insight: Exploring the Link Between Bipolar Disorder and Binge Eating Disorder

Bipolar disorder (BD) affects nearly 3.0% of adults and adolescents in the United States.1 Among all the mood disorders, BD is associated with the highest percentage (82.9%) of patients with serious impairment.1 In addition to clinical, occupational, and interpersonal impairment, high rates of comorbidity contribute to the difficulties of individuals with BD. Anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and impulse-control disorders are especially overrepresented in this patient group.2

Researcher Interview: Eating Disorders Raise Risk of Being Bullied

Researcher Interview for Author of Article: 
Lee KS, Vaillancourt T. Longitudinal Associations Among Bullying by Peers, Disordered Eating Behavior, and Symptoms of Depression During Adolescence. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online April 11, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.0284

Looking Glass raises funds for eating disorders

Community of love

Mothers whose daughters have suffered from anorexia nervosa and bulimia, Looking Glass Foundation founders Deborah Grimm and Dolores Elliott have dedicated their lives to creating a community of support for young people with eating disorders. Created in 2002, the registered charity aims to curtail the rampant escalation of eating disorders through meaningful prevention and early intervention and to ensure that those who are suffering  — some 1.5 million Canadians — have access to the support and recovery they need.