Collaborative Care in Eating Disorders and Non-Negotiables: Why do we need them and how do they work?

Imagine these scenarios…

You’ve been seeing a patient with severe anorexia nervosa for a number of weeks in therapy. Together, you have begun addressing and thinking about the core features that have contributed to the eating disorders onset and maintenance. But recently the patient’s weight has begun to drop, and she has not been seen by her GP. She says that she has fainted several times in the last week. You raise the issue of her going into hospital, but she says “that’s the last thing I want to do…”


Forget switching Halloween treats for a toy. This dietitian says: Let them eat candy.

I absolutely loved Halloween when I was a kid. I grew up in a community where every house had a pumpkin glowing in the window, and kids from tot to teenager donned ghost and witch costumes to collect chocolate bars, chips and candy. It was a night filled with pure joy.

So I’m saddened every October to see a proliferation of articles on how to make Halloween healthier.

National Eating Disorders Association, Binge Eating Disorders Association Merge to Unite Eating Disorders Field

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), the nation’s two leading eating disorder support organizations, have merged to unify the eating disorders community and improve access to services and support across the entire spectrum of these illnesses. The merged organization will operate under the name NEDA. Claire Mysko will continue in her role as NEDA’s Chief Executive Officer. Chevese Turner, BEDA’s founder, has assumed the role of NEDA’s Chief Policy and Strategy Officer.

Eating Disorders Coalition Disapproves and Decries Administration’s Attempt to Erase Transgender Definition in Federal Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 25, 2018) — The Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) is dismayed by recent New York Times media reports of an attempt by the Administration to roll back civil rights. The Administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, seeks to drop meaningful Title IX protections, thereby effectively endorsing sex discrimination in education programs receiving government financial assistance.

What happens when eating disorders and substance abuse overlap?

Eating disorders, as well as substance abuse, are disruptive behavioral disorders that, if left untreated, can negatively impact the person’s ability to live a normal life. Many view them as separate and clear-cut issues. It’s hard for people to understand that the two maladies often go hand in hand.

The Food Chain: Documentary

Challenging the Stereotype that Eating Disorders are a "White" Problem:  Stephanie Covington Armstrong is a playwright and screenwriter and author of ‘Not all Black Girls Know How to Eat’ - an account of how she suffered from bulimia during her teenage years after being raped when she was 12.  She talks about the role race plays in the treatment and recognition of eating disorders and why it's so important for people in the black community to speak out about these issues.

Study examines emotional eating in children

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There's nothing like an ice cream cone to turn a child's frown upside down.

But if your child consistently eats more when he or she is sad, angry, or upset, it can take a toll.

A study out of Norway found school-aged children who are easily comforted by food had parents who were more likely to soothe them with food.

Could fitness trackers help us understand binge eating? UNC scientists to find out

At least one person dies from an eating disorder every hour, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD).

Could your fitness tracker help scientists better understand these deadly disorders?

Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine want to find out.

Researchers are planning to recruit 1,000 adults for the study and equip each with Apple Watches donated by the tech giant.

Do Not Tell Her to Lose Weight

Women are constantly exposed to weight-stigmatizing messages. They are pressured to lose weight—even by their partners. A new study, by Gettens and colleagues, suggests that women are more likely to lose weight and eat healthy when their male romantic partners support their autonomy.

What is autonomy?
Self-determination theory (SDT) distinguishes between autonomous motivation (acting with a full sense of willingness/choice) and controlled motivation (acting because of external pressures or obligations).

Canadian Eating Disorder Priority Setting Exercise: Results of Top 10

CEDPSP is excited to share the early results of the Canadian Eating Disorder Priority Setting Exercise which was just recently completed in mid-September. Thirty individuals from across Canada, with equal representation from those with lived experience, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, came together for a full-day to co-establish the top 10 research priorities for Anorexia Nervosa affecting females (15 years and older).

What to look for in mental well-being apps

Who are you likely to turn to when experiencing a change in mental health?

Many youth and young adults prefer seeking online, anonymous help rather than talking with their parents, peers or a professional, according to Ashley Radomski, a PhD candidate in the University of Alberta’s Department of Pediatrics.