Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019!

Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is February 1-7, 2019 and the CFE is busy promoting this year's theme, "Eating Disorders Can't Afford to Wait!" in hope to bring awareness that million's of people across Canada are currently struggling, with limited resources to provide support.

Decades-old starvation study bolsters eating disorder research

A University of Minnesota follow-up study to starvation research during World War II is informing eating disorder treatment in the Twin Cities.

In 1944, 36 conscientious war objectors volunteered to be starved as part of the Minnesota Starvation Experiment, helping researchers find ways to revive starvation victims overseas.

More than 70 years later, University researchers finally published a follow-up to the study in March. The findings are being used to inform eating disorder treatment in the Twin Cities, which some say shows patients that recovery is possible.

Can attachment theory help explain the relationship some people have with their “anorexia voice”?

A new paper in Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice argues that the relationship a person has with their eating disorder is shaped by that person’s understanding of what meaningful relationships should look like – and, in turn, this can have important consequences for the severity of their disorder.

Full, but still feasting: Mouse study reveals how urge to eat overpowers a signal to stop

Almost everyone knows the feeling. You're at a restaurant or a holiday meal, and your stomach is telling you it's full, so logically you know you should stop eating.

But what you're eating tastes so good, or your friends and family are still eating, or you don't get this treat very often. So you keep going.

A new study explores the mystery of why this happens, at the most basic level in the brain. It shows that two tiny clusters of cells battle for control of feeding behavior -- and the one that drives eating overpowers the one that says to stop.

How to Help a Child with Autism Feel Good About Food

As all parents will know, picky eating is a very common childhood problem. For most young children, it is just a stage they move through. However, for children with autism, it can be a challenge that persists beyond the early years.

A very high percentage of children on the spectrum only accept a limited range of foods. While it is hard to put an exact figure on it, research suggests that up to nine out of ten children with a diagnosis of ASD will have an eating problem.

Western collaborates with universities to create mental health literacy tool

The faculties of education at several Canadian universities have collaborated to build a free online mental health literacy resource for teachers:

Understanding Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Addiction

It's important to get to the root of the addiction.

One of the most essential aspects of receiving treatment for addiction is getting to the root of the addiction to determine why an individual has come to rely on an illicit substance in the first place. While the issue could be related to finances, work or stress, there’s a possibility that the person has an untreated and undiagnosed mental illness. It’s vital to determine if your addiction is connected to your mental health to know whether you should consider Florida Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Addiction.

Sharing Patient Cases: Balancing Confidentiality and Educational Needs

Prior to 1990, the psychiatric literature often contained detailed clinical case descriptions. These descriptions allowed us to communicate important and nuanced aspects of our psychotherapeutic work. Providing detailed descriptions of interactions that occurred between patient and therapist moved our field forward by both honing our technique and considering more effective ways to help our patients.

Visualizing Away Fearful Thoughts Affect Your Well-being

Brainwave tracking technology is being used to treat some of the most challenging mental health conditions.

Imagine being able to lower the impact of unhealthy thoughts through visualization. Technological advances are bringing health care one step closer to managing mental health conditions that are difficult to treat with medications using videogame-like computer software.

ARFID: For this Little Boy, Milk is a Lifesaver

Meet Clayton. He is a healthy, rambunctious, bright-eyed boy with a smile that could melt the coldest of hearts.

If you were to see Clayton in person, you would never guess that Clayton does not eat food. This is because Clayton has a sensory processing disorder. His rare condition is known as the Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, or ARFID for short. So, how can a child that doesn’t eat be so happy and healthy? The answer is milk, and a whole lot of it.

BIAS (Body Image Awareness Seminars): A new positive body image program in Canada

We live in a society where the rates of dieting, eating disorders, cosmetic surgeries, skin-lightening and tanning sales, and other body-altering interventions have reached all-time highs. Dissatisfaction with the body is so rampant in society that researchers call this phenomenon a norm, meaning it is abnormal for people to love their bodies. Positive body image interventions are needed now more than ever but currently they are scarce, and this is especially true for individuals outside the adolescent and university student populations.