Finding the Right Words to Say: AED Releases Infographic on Using Sensitive and Medically Appropriate Language in the Eating Disorders Community

In an effort to reduce the stigma associated with eating disorders, the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) recently released an infographic based on an article written by multiple current or former editors and associate editors of the International Journal of Eating Disorders (IJED), “Speaking of That: Terms to Avoid or Reconsider in the Eating Disorders Field.” The authors of Speaking of That created a streamlined version of 50 relevant psychological and psychiatric terms that should be avoided in the eating disorders community.

Vancouver Fringe Festival play about Anorexia

Her Name Was Mary
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Devastatingly, love isn’t enough in Tai Amy Grauman’s bittersweet autobiographical play either. Her Name Was Mary… dramatizes a doomed friendship between two adolescent girls.

Amy (Emily Wilson) struggles with her weight while anorexic Mary (Sachi Nisbet) drops to 60 pounds. Ironically, we learn early in the play, Mary died at 15 in a car crash.

Unhealthy cravings curbed by smartphone treatment

What if an app could recognise when you are craving unhealthy food and give you a notification to warn you not to eat it? Researchers in the EU are working to make this a reality for those with eating disorders.

Good Fat Care: Canadian website aims to reduce weight discrimination in health care

A new website launched by three Winnipeg women is asking health-care providers to take a pledge to treat all patients the same, regardless of their shape or size.

"One thing that we hear over and over again is people who experience weight stigma in larger bodies don't go to the doctor as much," said Amy Tuckett-McGimpsey. She helped found Good Fat Care along with Winnipeggers Lori Peters and Lisa Naylor.

Parental involvement helpful in child's recovery from eating disorder: study

A new study suggests parents and caregivers should become involved in the recovery process of their child's eating disorder.

That from a researcher at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ont., who examined the role parents play in childhood eating disorders.

Parents are often afraid of intervening says associate professor and clinical psychologist Adèle Lafrance.

The two year study was conducted across seven sites in Canada. More than 100 parents and caregivers were questioned about their involvement with their child's eating disorders.

ARFID: An interview with an adult with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Background to, and description of my condition:

New, ultra-rare gene mutations implicated in eating disorders: Rare mutations cluster in specific biological pathways, suggest new targets for ED treatment

A combination of whole exome sequencing, machine learning, and network analysis, has identified new, ultra-rare gene mutations within specific biological pathways that may contribute to eating disorders, according to a study.  By combining whole exome sequencing, machine learning, and network analysis, researchers have identified new, ultra-rare gene mutations within specific biological pathways that may contribute to eating disorders.

Lisdexamfetamine Reduces Relapse in People With Binge-Eating Disorder

Lisdexamfetamine was shown to reduce the risk of relapse in participants with moderate to severe binge-eating disorder over a 26-week period, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

In this multinational phase 3 study, the safety and efficacy of lisdexamfetamine was evaluated in adults with moderate to severe binge-eating disorder, defined as >3 binge-eating days per week for 14 days prior to baseline and Clinical Global Impressions-Severity scores >4.

'Perfect' mannequins can sour shoppers on clothing being marketed: UBC study

If you find yourself window-shopping and feeling like there’s nothing good, check the mannequin.

A recently published University of B.C. study found that mannequins’ long legs, tiny waists and perky chests can cause some shoppers, particularly those with low self-esteem, to be turned off from the item of clothing the mannequin is marketing.

Fat Bias Starts Early and Takes a Serious Toll

A very slender friend recently admitted to me that she “can’t stand to be around fat people.” Her reaction is almost visceral, and it prompts her to avoid social and professional contact with people who are seriously overweight. Although she can’t pinpoint the source of her feelings, she said they go back as far as she can remember.

And she is hardly alone. Decades ago, researchers found that weight-based bias, which is often accompanied by overt discrimination and bullying, can date back to childhood, sometimes as early as age 3.

Mindfulness in eating pays the body big dividends

Seventh-grade students at McLean School in Potomac, Md., unwrap a piece of chocolate.

“Pick it up and hold it in your hand,” says Frankie Engelking. “What do you feel?” she asks. “Think about where this chocolate may have come from. Close your eyes and gently smell it.”

“This is so hard,” one student says.

“When can we eat it?” asks another.

But they can’t eat it just yet.

“Put it in your mouth. Let it sit on your tongue,” Engelking says. “Feel the texture. What do you notice?”