New PATSED 'Let Us Eat Cake' Podcast

The Provincial Adult Tertiary Specialized Eating Disorders (PATSED) Program dietitians Ali Eberhardt and Hannah Robinson are excited to announce the launch of their new podcast “Let Us Eat Cake”, coming this summer, 2019!

Research Brief: Yoga linked to improved body satisfaction

Body dissatisfaction is highly prevalent among young adults and often leads to severe adverse health consequences, including disordered eating, weight gain over time and poor psychological health. To help address the problem, researchers led by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, are exploring how yoga could help people see themselves in a better light.

Cannabis and Eating Disorders: Way to Recovery or Risky Business?

It takes just a few puffs of weed to get the munchies, but does this mean that medical cannabis works well for actual eating disorders?

Eating disorders affect 2 to 3% of Canadians, and up to 30 million Americans. The road to recovery is often paved with obstacles, however, it’s more than possible to get better and maintain a healthy weight.

While the mainstream public is not convinced, some experts believe that cannabis can be used to help people get the better of their eating disorder.

Eating Disorder Rates Similar in Young Girls and Boys

Eating Disorder Rates Similar in Young Girls and Boys: Researchers suggest sex differences may not emerge until adolescence

Among young children, the prevalence of eating disorders was similar between girls and boys, according to researchers.

In a large, nationally representative sample of American children, ages 9 to 10 years, about 1.4% (95% CI 1.0%-1.8%) had a diagnosed eating disorder according to DSM-5 criteria, reported Aaron Blashill, PhD, of San Diego State University, and colleagues in a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics.

Hierarchy of food need

The food hierarchy demonstrates that when you feed yourself faithfully and reassure yourself that you will be fed, you will learn and grow with eating. Go by the principles of the food hierarchy to eat enough of food you enjoy. You will gain eating capability when you are ready, not when you or someone else tries to get you to. move up the hierarchy. It has to feel genuinely comfortable, or it won’t last.

For your clients: A Self-Care Checklist for Surviving the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, which brings a lot of happy celebrations. The holidays can also bring a lot of difficult emotional triggers, such as painful memories, grief for family members who can’t be with us, or challenging dynamics with family members who are with us.

Use this checklist to plan your self-care so that you can enjoy the upcoming holidays to their fullest:

1. Take time for yourself.

Study suggests brain reward response plays an important role in anorexia nervosa

New research in JAMA Psychiatry provides evidence that prediction error brain responses may have a central role in anorexia nervosa.

“Anorexia nervosa is the deadliest disorder in psychiatry, and up until recently, we had little understanding about brain function in anorexia nervosa,” said study author Guido Frank, an associate professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Addressing Marijuana in Eating Disorder Recovery

Marijuana is becoming a fixture of discussion as more laws are passed regulating its medical use. In the eating disorder community, there are varying opinions as to using marijuana in eating disorder recovery and the role it can play.

Patient Voice plans to change health care through experiences

Sonia Seguin fought a secret battle for years before she had the courage to tell someone.

The stigma of an eating disorder at age 18 was one of the reasons she kept her problem in the dark — even hiding it from her parents, both of whom were doctors.

"It nearly killed me. Many times. You get pretty good at hiding it," Seguin said. "I knew something was wrong, but I couldn't bear to admit I had an eating disorder. It seemed so shameful. It was devastating for me and for my parents."

Should patients with anorexia be force-fed to save their lives?

Madam Justice Lise Bergeron of the Quebec Superior Court recently ruled that a 20-year-old woman who is suffering from severe anorexia should be force-fed to keep her alive.

The hospital where the young woman is being treated, Centre hospitalier universitaire du Québec, sought a court order when she began to suffer life-threatening pericardial effusion (build-up of fluid around the heart).

The patient, who is not identified for privacy concerns, has been under almost constant treatment since 2012. At one point she weighed a mere 32 kilograms, and was refusing to eat.

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