Eating disorders are not all about food

Eating disorders are very complex conditions, and have the highest mortality rate of any mental health issue. 

25 years ago, with a few other physicians, Dr. Christine Lammerse and Dr. Joan Fujiwara led the way in establishing Fraser Health’s community-based treatment program for those suffering from eating disorders. 

As pioneers in the eating disorder treatment field in B.C., I connected with Drs. Lammerse and Fujiwara on what makes eating disorders so complex and how treatment has changed.  

Is My Kid's Picky Eating Normal? There's A Fine Line Between A Problem & Personal Preference

Pasta with only butter, peanut butter sandwich with the crusts cut off, plain white rice, french fries with no seasoning, macaroni and cheese, and chicken nuggets. If you have a child who's a picky eater, you're probably quite familiar with this list of foods, as they're the only ones they'll eat. Picky eating can make dinnertime a hassle, and often limits your options when dining out as a family.

Fundraiser fetches $450,000 to treat eating disorders in Metro Vancouver

A Vancouver non-profit successfully raised hundreds of thousands of dollars Friday night to help treat eating disorders in Metro Vancouver.

To Be a Good Therapist: Get a Life

When I was on a panel at a high school career fair recently, a student asked an important question: “How do you prevent yourself from being regularly traumatized by the stuff people tell you?” she asked. “I mean. How can you stand it?”

It's Time to Talk About ARFID

Our family has a son with an eating disorder. He’s had it since the age of three, and his condition has not really changed. We found out by accident that he had a food allergy to peanuts (and tree nuts), which happened even earlier than the eating disorder. Certainly, having a food allergy makes the cautiousness around foods - especially "new foods" - even more present. 

The Cerberus Effect: New Canadian Study Reveals Three Underlying Factors Of Poor Body Image

What is pica disorder and why do people end up eating ice, wood or their own hair?

Hearing the term "eating disorder" immediately evokes disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. However, other conditions also fall under that umbrella and can have serious health consequences.

One of them is pica, a rare disorder which leads sufferers to eat non-edible objects. Dramatic case studies have helped to shed a light on the condition in recent years, but it still remains one of the most mysterious eating disorders.

What is pica disorder?

The Looking Glass Foundation Scholarship Program

It's that time of year again!  Each year, the Looking Glass Foundation Scholarship Program awards a total of $15,000 to six young people who have received or are currently receiving treatment for an eating disorder, and who are ready for academic pursuit.

Shining a light on binge eating: Newfoundland study focuses on 'very common' disorder

A team from Memorial University is looking for people to participate in a self-help binge eating disorder (BED) treatment study — a condition which they believe affects significantly more people in Newfoundland and Labrador than either anorexia or bulimia.

Overeating? As with drug use, genetics may drive our choices

Asking whether or not we ‘really’ have free choice is a metaphysical question, perhaps left to those in the movie The Matrix. But throughout our lives, 

Why You Should Forgive Your Parents… and How To Do It!

On the surface, forgiving your parents (or anyone for that matter) may seem insignificant but forgiving your mother or father is actually the best thing you can do for the quality of your life. Even low-grade parental blame and resentment perpetuate a cycle of emotional pain and suffering that can negatively affect your adult relationships, finances, and overall wellbeing, ultimately preventing the love, abundance and happiness you desire and deserve.

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