Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019!

Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is February 1-7, 2019 and the CFE is busy promoting this year's theme, "Eating Disorders Can't Afford to Wait!" in hope to bring awareness that million's of people across Canada are currently struggling, with limited resources to provide support.

More than picky eating—7 things Parents to know about ARFID

Most parents can attest to the difficulty of getting kids to try new foods. Picky eating is nothing new, but what happens when it involves many foods, never goes away, or gets worse?  Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is an eating disorder involving an extreme avoidance or low intake of food. Dr. Julie Lesser, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Rogers–Minneapolis, shares seven facts that you should know about ARFID. 


3 Pillars & Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach

You have probably heard a lot of buzz around being trauma informed as it’s a term that is becoming increasingly embraced. Many organizations are actively seeking out ways to ensure their programming and services are fit for this label, which means they are engaging in the following pillars of trauma-informed care:

Childhood trauma can leave scars on DNA, Harvard-UBC study finds

Children who are abused can be left with physical, "molecular scars" on their DNA that last well into adulthood, according to a new study from Harvard University and the University of British Columbia.

The findings could one day impact disease research as well as criminal investigations, though more work needs to be done before experts know how the "tagging" — known as DNA methylation — affects a victim's long-term mental and physical health.

Unseen: The Rise of Eating Disorders in China

From diet pills to vomit rooms, the Food Chain investigates the rise of eating disorders in China. Is this an inevitable consequence of economic development? And if so, why are eating disorders still all too often seen as a rich white woman’s problem?

Is it Vegetarianism or Disordered Eating?

The role that vegetarianism can play in one’s eating disorder can frequently be multifaceted and complex. As eating disorder providers, we know that dieting or the elimination of food groups can increase the risks of developing an eating disorder or hinder one’s recovery. Not all vegetarians have eating disorders, but for those who do, it can strongly enable their distorted thoughts and behaviors. Time and again, I have clients who come in expressing a desire to transition to a vegetarian lifestyle or some who already have adopted this lifestyle.

What You Need to Know About ARFID

Previously known as selective eating disorder, symptoms of ARFID, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, are often misdiagnosed, or minimized. According to the DSM, ARFID is defined as a persistent failure to meet nutritional and/or energy needs leading to one of more of the following:

Gastrointestinal Issues Which Impede Successful Weight Restoration in Anorexia Nervosa and ARFID

Nutritional rehabilitation and weight restoration are primary goals of the overall treatment for patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Therefore, medical conditions which interfere with this goal must be considered and successfully treated if a favorable outcome is to be achieved. Three such common gastrointestinal complications, which develop as a result of the marked weight loss of AN and ARFID, are gastroparesis, superior mesenteric artery (SMA) syndrome, and diarrhea.

BC Children's Kelty Mental health Newsletter introduces a NEW website!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new and improved website:!!

The new website includes updated information and resources in a newly designed format that makes it easier for families, health care professionals, school professionals and young people across BC visiting the website find what they are looking for.

Key updates include:

Link between hunger and mood explained

The study used rats to examine the impact on emotional behavior of a sudden drop in blood sugar. When the rats were given a glucose blocker, researchers found they had higher levels of cortisol. They also showed signs of stress and sluggish behavior similar to a poor mood. To prove the behavior wasn't just a lack of glucose to the muscles, researchers then gave them a common antidepressant and the behavior disappeared.

It seems "hangry" isn't just a made-up term.

HAPIFED Program: Healthy APproach to weIght management and Food in Eating Disorders

A scientifically developed program that saw 75 percent of patients lose weight and reduce eating disorder symptoms in test trials has launched to the public for the first time.
Combining cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) along with healthy weight maintenance, the program was developed specifically for people with a high body mass index (BMI).

A type of psychotherapy, CBT is aimed at helping the person change unhelpful or unhealthy habits of thinking, feeling and behaving.