Picky eater or health problem? B.C. doctor talks about an unfamiliar disorder

For some children at the dinner table, it’s simply a matter of picky eating, but for others, it may be a legitimate eating disorder that brings anxiety, extreme weight loss and malnutrition.

To mark Eating Disorder Awareness Week, BC Children’s Hospital is focusing on a relatively unknown condition that only became a recognized diagnosis in 2013: avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, also known as ARFID.

Empowered Health: Fighting eating disorders through dance

For years, Tannis Hugill endured eating disorders. Not that anyone around her knew.

“I was a choreographer, an experimental dance theatre artist, and I was fully in the world,” recalled Hugill. “The eating disorder was a hidden thing — which is very common.”

The Montreal-born Hugill was living in New York City at the time and seeing a psychotherapist about her condition. “But I knew in my gut talking was not helpful. I knew that I needed to see a dance movement therapist.”

Eating disorders not a problem solely of women and girls

Until relatively recently, heart disease was perceived as a man’s problem. Consequently, women were less likely than men to think of themselves as susceptible to heart disease, and therefore often delayed seeking treatment.

Even worse, the belief that heart disease was a man’s problem affected the way doctors treated female patients. If, for example, a woman presented with chest pains, doctors often looked for some cause other than heart disease. And this, of course, led to misdiagnosis, which in turn meant women did not receive proper treatment.

Surrey stylist cut and snip to help youth fight eating disorders

Champers Salon in Fleetwood is cutting hair for a cause on Thursday, March 21 - and it doesn't matter if you have a buzz cut, a pompadour or anything in between.

Fifteen stylists are volunteering their time, offering haircuts for a minimum donation of $20. Proceeds will go to the Looking Glass Foundation, a North Vancouver-based organization that provides counselling and support for young adults ages 17 to 24 with eating disorders.

PEDAW IS HERE!

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign (PEDAW) is HERE!

Eating disorders survivor now helps others

As Amy Candido shopped for a dress for her wedding last June, her friends urged her to lose weight to ensure it would fit on the big day, to look her slimmest best as she walked down the aisle.
She ignored them.

"That dress is for me, no matter how I am," she thought.

That's a long way from 10 years ago, when Candido had to get her prom dress taken in a few times as she continued to lose weight.

Candido had an eating disorder.

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