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.

Compassion-Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders: Q + A with Dr. Stan Steindl

Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) is a psychotherapeutic model that draws from evolutionary science and the science of compassion to alleviate suffering. CFT has been shown to be particularly useful in the alleviation of shame and self-criticism, and has been found to be effective with a range of populations struggling with various afflictions.

The following is a Q+A with Dr. Stan Steindl from the  Compassionate Mind Research Group) at the University of Queensland.

1.  What makes CFT unique as a model?

5 Reasons to Refer to a Dietician if Your Patient has Binge Eating or Bulimia Nervosa

Do you have patients that struggle with binge eating associated with binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa?  Are your patients not getting better or is their recovery stagnated?

This Ontario Doctor Is Calling On Teachers To Stop Publicly Weighing Their Students

An Ottawa doctor is calling on teachers to stop weighing their students in classrooms.

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, author of The Diet Fix and creator of the blog Weighty Matters, published a blog post on Monday that argues that announcing children's weight in classrooms can lead to bullying.

The family doctor writes he was inspired to publish the blog post after his 11-year-old daughter's teacher weighed all the students in her Grade 5 class in front of each other to teach them about volume.

Video: A beginners guide to dialectical behavior therapy

See video here.

As professionals, and as understanding of therapeutic models of intervention grows, new forms of therapy develop. Mental, emotional, and behavioral problems respond differently to different forms of therapy. As such, at times new approaches are necessary to target the areas of concern.

School, bodyimage pressure, and worries affect young girls' mental health

More and more young girls seek help for mental problems. "Generally, girls take things more seriously than boys. This applies to school, friends, and family," says researcher Anders Bakken.

"We see that the share of young girls between the age of fifteen and twenty who seek help for mental disorders is increasing," says Anne Reneflot. She is Department Director at Norwegian Institute of Public Health and one of the authors behind a new report on mental health in Norway.

Visual cues and its relation to skewed perceptions of body size and levels of body positivity or satisfaction.

A recent article investigated the effects of visual cues and its relation to skewed perceptions of body size and levels of body positivity or satisfaction.

Estrogen may reduce disordered eating in female athletes with irregular periods

Giving one year of estrogen replacement to female athletes with exercise-induced menstrual irregularities improves drive for thinness, body dissatisfaction and uncontrolled eating, a new study finds. The research results will be presented Saturday, March 17, at ENDO 2018, the annual scientific meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Chicago, Ill.

Food Variety in Eating Disorder Recovery

Many patients with eating disorders will only eat a restricted range of foods. As your eating disorder has evolved, you may have stopped eating foods that you thought were fattening or that contained sugar. Or maybe you went starch- or gluten-free or decided to “eat clean.” Maybe you became vegetarian or vegan. Or maybe you shun vegetables because you are anxious about choking on them, or you don’t allow yourself to eat desserts because you don’t believe you can limit yourself to a normal portion.

Understanding the Link Between ADHD and Binge Eating Could Point to New Treatments

With more than a third of the adult population of the United States meeting criteria for obesity, doctors are becoming increasingly interested in behaviors that contribute to these rates.

Allan Kaplan, MD, of the University of Toronto, is interested in eating disorders, specifically binge eating disorder, which is observed in about 35 percent of people with obesity.

HomeCollege and CampusScienceEngineeringHealthBusiness Search here... Feed or flee: the brain cells that tell us when to eat and when to run away

Researchers are starting to unravel the complexity of how our brains switch from the urge to eat to escaping danger... 

Feeling peckish? Eating may be taken for granted as a fundamental part of life, but getting it wrong can have serious consequences for our health.

Over time, too little food can leave us with stunted growth and an inability to fight off infections. Too much food can lead to obesity, raising the risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.