Anorexia Nervosa And Gut Bacteria Linked

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine found that people with anorexia nervosa have very different microbial communities residing inside their guts compared to healthy individuals and that this bacterial imbalance is associated with some of the psychological symptoms related to the eating disorder.

BC's Mental Health Act needs update

This coming week, Oct. 1 to 7, is Mental Illness Awareness Week.

What is mental illness?

Authorities won’t save son from eating disorder

Anne fears she’s watching her adult son starve himself to death.

But no matter where Anne, who lives in small town Nova Scotia, turns for support in this province, she encounters the same catch-22 — she’s told that her son, unless collapsed and comatose, must himself ask for help; he cannot be forced to accept treatment. But he won’t ask, Anne says, because unfortunately one of the commonest symptoms of the mental illness behind disordered eating is an affected person’s fervent belief there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them.

Teens with Bulimia Nervosa More Likely to Recover Faster if the Parents are Involved

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by a period of excessive eating (binge eating) and then prevention of weight gain by dangerous means such as purging (vomiting) or drinking diuretics.

The study conducted by University of California San Francisco (UCSF) professor Daniel Le Grange, PhD, and Stanford University School of Medicine professor of psychiatry Dr. James Lock, PhD, tends to contradict the current therapy methods that focus largely on the affected teen and excluding parents in the process, such as counseling.

Mental health first aid kit for non-professionals

It's a first aid safety course similar to learning how to give CPR, but Betty Kitchener's program is designed to help someone going through a mental health crisis.

Pro-anorexia blogs may not be as harmful as we think, says study

Many of the reports about "pro-ana" blogs follow a very similar script.

Pro-ana -- or pro-anorexia -- websites are a place for young people, often teenaged girls, to gather online and find "thin-spiration."

They're places promoting the eating disorder anorexia.

And pro-ana blogs, are dangerous.

That's certainly the way the story's always been told. And it's why there have been moves to ban or censor them, and why earlier this yearFrance made it illegal for anyone to incite others to become dangerously thin.

Michelle Stewart is gone, but her voice is strong

A new book based on her blog is a call to action for better treatment of eating disorders

Michelle Stewart was the head of communications — the messenger, the voice — of the B.C. Ministry of Health for several years before she left government in 2012. On the surface, she was strong and in control, healthy physically and mentally.

Males and Eating disorders

Males and Eating disorders

Plus-sized Vancouver model takes on body-shaming bullies

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Could the Microbiome Cure Eating Disorders?

To someone who was starving, the hospital tray full of food probably looked like a feast.