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…”

Or…

Weight-Bias With Eating Disorder Professionals

Our weight and diet-obsessed world is a complicated climate for individuals who are in eating disorder recovery. However, even within the eating disorder recovery community, fat-phobia and weight-stigma abounds. Weight stigma is commonly defined as shame, biases, or judgment, which is placed upon an individual based on their body size or weight.

Currently, our culture places a large value on “thinness.” We are constantly sold the message that “thin” is good and “fat” is bad.

Eating Disorders Research Gets a New Direction

Considered the deadliest mental illness in the United States, clinically-significant eating disorders will affect approximately 20 million women and 10 million men at some point in their lives.

New online resource helps improve access to child and youth mental health care

It is estimated that 84,000 children and youth aged 4-17 in BC experience clinically significant mental disorders at any given time, but only 26,000 or 31% are accessing specialized mental health services.
 
Timely mental health care can be difficult to access, especially in rural and remote communities.

'Eating Matters': BC Bulimia survivor turns struggles into stanzas

MacDonald said bulimia can feel isolating — but the struggle is far from unique.

Victoria spa in BC to withdraw ads over ‘body-shaming’ language

A Victoria, BC medispa will remove its bus and shelter ads after an uproar over “body-shaming” language was ignited by a Facebook post.

Genetic risk factor for binge eating discovered

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Yale study: Words matter when talking about obesity, binge eating disorder

Patients with obesity don’t want to be told they are “fat” or “large sized” by their healthcare providers, according to a Yale study that assessed words used to stigmatize excess weight.

Discussions of weight between provider and patient are sensitive, and talking about them can leave the patient feeling stereotyped or discriminated against, according to researchers with the Yale Program for Obesity Weight and Eating Research (POWER), directed by Carlos M. Grilo, PhD, professor of psychiatry and of psychology at Yale.

Update on Anorexia Treatment and Research

It's the deadliest mental illness. What's being done about it?

Canada’s Food Guide is getting a makeover

Canada’s Food Guide is getting a makeover.

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