The BC Children’s Mental Health Literacy Team 2017/18 Online Annual Report

The BC Children’s Mental Health Literacy Team is excited to share our 2017/18 Online Annual Report!  Here you will find all the great work and accomplishments of this 2017/2018 year, including in eating disorders. Enjoy every picture, story, and statistic that celebrates youth, family, and community.  The annual report allows us to highlight accomplishments and share the impact of our work with partners, funders, key stakeholders and leadership.

Tips for Parents living with a Picky Eater

What happens if your picky-eating child doesn’t grow out of it? What if you’re begging a 15-year-old to just taste a green vegetable? After all, by the time they’re adolescents, kids have spending money, autonomy, and access to plenty of junk food. So what is a parent supposed to do when the strategies they used when the kid was six simply don’t work anymore?

Could this study explain the mechanism behind binge eating?

Binge eating is closely linked to obesity; it establishes a vicious cycle of unhealthful diet-related habits. What is the mechanism behind binge eating, though? A new study conducted in mice might bring us a step closer to answering this question.

Obesity is now a global epidemic that health organizations worldwide are struggling to control.

Their mission isn't made any easier by the fact that many developed countries — such as the United States — will often provide a perfect context for damaging habits such as binge eating.

Rethinking therapy: How 45 questions can revolutionize mental health care in Canada

Therapy is a tried-and-true treatment for what ails our minds, but it hasn’t caught up with medicine in tracking the data needed to make patients better. Could simple surveys help change that? Erin Anderssen investigates...
Read full article here.


BC Needs to Change: Lack of ED/SU Integrated Treatment Programs

**An open letter from students of the School of Population and Public Health

An Expert Q&A On All Things Exercise and Eating Disorder Recovery

As eating disorder dietitians, we find that many of our clients – because of the documented health benefits from exercising – feel afraid to change their relationships with exercise.
They have often heard the benefits of exercise being praised and admired. Yet, they may have also experienced trauma from exercise or felt ashamed of moving their bodies.
We hope to start a discussion, offer permission, and inspire you to chart your own path of addressing exercise in recovery. In the process, we would like to share our own experiences of exercise and recovery.

Culinary medicine’s next wave: How therapists are using the rituals of eating to treat victims of trauma

From birth, Jessica says, she was sexually abused. Until she was 14, she was a victim of sex trafficking. And then she entered into an abusive relationship.

That abuse, and the trauma she built up during those experiences of acute powerlessness, had broken her. She was always on guard, she says, super jumpy and hypervigilant.

There was, however, one sliver of her day-to-day existence where she felt she had dominion over her experience.

“I couldn’t control anything in my life,” Jessica says. “So I decided I would control my food.”

Parkinson and binge eating: A new study investigates the reason why

The results of a new study conducted by Damiano Terenzi, Raffaella Rumiati and Marilena Aiello of SISSA show that "binge eating," which affects some Parkinson's patients, is associated with an impairment of working memory. This deficit prevents people from remembering the long-term goal of healthy eating behaviours. A fault in this mechanism was previously associated with eating disorders that typically affect adolescents.

Could GLP-1 receptor agonists play a larger role in binge eating disorder treatment?

Earlier this month, Novo Nordisk published results from a Phase II trial involving 957 participants demonstrating the weight-loss efficacy of its latest glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist Ozempic (semaglutide) in non-diabetic patients.

These positive results, which showed that 65% of those receiving once-daily Ozempic lost 10% or more of body weight after 52 weeks, raise speculation that Ozempic or other GLP-1 receptor agonists could become a potential treatment for binge eating disorder (BED).

Blood Test May Distinguish Anorexia From 'Constitutional Thinness'

A simple, inexpensive blood test can help clinicians to distinguish between anorexia nervosa (AN) and constitutional thinness (CT) in severely underweight young women, new research suggests.

Since the introduction of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the diagnostic criteria for AN have relied on psychological factors, making it harder to distinguish AN from CT.

Psychotherapy Is 'The' Biological Treatment

Neuroscience surprisingly teaches us that not only is psychotherapy purely biological, but it is the only real biological treatment. It addresses the brain in the way it actually develops, matures, and operates. It follows the principles of evolutionary adaptation. It is consonant with genetics. And it specifically heals the problematic adaptations of the brain in precisely the ways that they evolved in the first place. Psychotherapy deactivates maladaptive brain mappings and fosters new and constructive pathways. Let me explain.