6 Differences Between Picky Eating and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Ever wonder if your child’s picky eating is more than just picky eating? While the majority of toddlers and young children experience some type of picky eating as a normal part of their childhood development, there is a line where normal picky eating can become dangerous – and where medical and psychological intervention may be necessary.

Research Spotlight: Niva Piran and her work on Body Image & Image Disorders

How can schools promote positive body image and prevent eating disorders among students?

Niva Piran developed the innovative Developmental Theory of Embodiment, which describes both protective and adverse social processes that shape girls’ lived experience in their bodies. Do girls experience embodied agency, power, and practice self-care? Or, do they experience embodied vulnerability, harsh self evaluations and shame, and do they engage in potentially self-harming behaviours?

To Exercise or Not to Exercise?

Obsessive exercise is one of the most common symptoms of an eating disorder. For people across the eating disorder spectrum—anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other eating disorders—obsessive exercise is a very common behavior and may also feel compulsive, or like it has to be done. It can also be a widespread compensatory mechanism for those who feel they have eaten too much.

Weight Watchers free offer to teenagers could lead to them becoming 'fixated' with dieting

A controversial free Weight Watchers scheme for teenagers sends a “negative message” to young people and could lead to them becoming “fixated” with dieting, the professional association for UK dietitians has warned.

Teenagers aged 13 to 17 will be eligible to sign up for the no fee Weight Watchers initiative this summer, but body image campaigners argue it could increase the risk of young people developing eating disorders.

Compassion in Treating Eating Disorders is Vital

Treatment for eating disorders is not about food. It’s not about a person’s relationship with food,or their eating behavior. It’s about witnessing what the eating behavior means to the person.

Sometimes, the patient and therapist learn that food restriction is about a wish to become invisible. Sometimes eating very little means a person wants to be small. To cope with a history of trauma, they just don’t want to be noticed.

Kelowna woman hopes personal struggle with eating disorder helps others

Emily Simone Lukaszek has lived with an eating disorder most of her life.

“It’s been well over two decades, it started when I was just around 8 years old,” Lukaszek said.

The Kelowna woman, 29, remembers how it all started.

“I remember so vividly…being in gymnastics and ballet class and comparing my body to all the other girls there and wondering why my legs were so much bigger,” she told Global news.

Lukaszek started by restricting her eating. Soon though, that led to something much more serious.

Taking healthy eating to an unhealthy extreme

As a dietitian working with children, youth, and families for over 20 years, I have observed orthorexia, a phenomenon where healthy eating becomes an unhealthy obsession. Dr. Steven Bratman coined the term, orthorexia nervosa, in 1997 and wrote a book on this topic. Most current nutrition research confirms that eating a diet based on whole, minimally processed foods is “healthy.” However, someone who suffers from orthorexia may fixate on the quality of food they eat and avoid foods they have deemed “unclean” or “unpure”.

Team model blossoms in the East Kootenay

When Katie Grady was first diagnosed with anorexia five years ago, when she was 14, the treatment for eating disorders in East Kootenays was uncoordinated and tough to navigate.

Her family doctor was in one office and pediatricians in another; the mental health counsellors were in the offices of Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) at the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), and the dietitian was at the hospital.

Research supports youth with eating disorders on their road to recovery: Q&A with Dr. Jennifer Coelho

February 1-7 is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. At BC Children’s Hospital, psychologist and investigator Dr. Jennifer Coelho studies the experiences of young people with eating disorders to improve diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Coelho talks about the importance of eating disorders research and how patient participation is key to improving care for these common and serious conditions.

What do people need to know about eating disorders?

B.C. family shares desperate fight to save teen with eating disorder

Wrapped in the warmth of a blanket as she lay still in bed, a then 14-year-old Hannah McDonnell barely had the energy to shiver, her skin blue to her elbows and knees and with a heart rate and blood pressure so low a doctor couldn’t even check her radial pulse without cutting off the circulation.

“For weeks at that point I slept with her every night with my hand on her chest to make sure she was still breathing,” said her mother Tara McDonnell.

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