Eating disorders are not all about food

Eating disorders are very complex conditions, and have the highest mortality rate of any mental health issue. 

25 years ago, with a few other physicians, Dr. Christine Lammerse and Dr. Joan Fujiwara led the way in establishing Fraser Health’s community-based treatment program for those suffering from eating disorders. 

As pioneers in the eating disorder treatment field in B.C., I connected with Drs. Lammerse and Fujiwara on what makes eating disorders so complex and how treatment has changed.  

Highlights from the 2017 Eating Disorders Awareness Week!

Highlights from the 2017 Eating Disorders Awareness Week!

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) Campaign: love our bodies, love ourselves, is launched every year from February 1-7! It is a province wide effort, brought to you by Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention & Awareness Program.

SFU Research: Time spent online can have negative effect on young women’s body image

The more time young women spend online, the worse they tend to feel about themselves.  

SFU researcher Allison Carter has surveyed three thousand girls and women between the ages of 12 and 29, and has found they are more likely to experience “body dissatisfaction” if they spend more than 20 hours a week online outside of work and school.  

She says dissatisfaction can result in low esteem, depression and even eating disorders.

Signs That a Child is More Than Just A Picky Eater: What every parent needs to know about ARFID

Parents remark all the time about how their child refuses to eat the food on their plate or has decided that there are only three foods on the acceptable eating list.

While it’s normal for children to develop odd eating patterns at some point during childhood, like only eating chicken or refusing to eat certain colored foods, the behavior often resolves after a short time.

Should people with eating disorders be force-fed?

My therapist told me I was running out of time. She had been recommending I sign myself into the hospital for several weeks. Each time, I said I was fine, that such drastic measures weren't necessary, especially considering that I was acing all my college classes at my small liberal arts school in western Michigan. I didn't think I needed to gain weight — in fact, I wasn't even positive I had an eating disorder, despite weighing less than I had as a fourth-grader. I wrote off my falling-out hair and diminishing body temperature as mere coincidences to my steadily declining weight.

ARFID: Accomodating Lesser-Known Eating Disorders: Trivializing Pickiness and Other Preferences Undermines Real Medical Conditions

For years I’ve been told by my family, friends, and even strangers to stop being so picky and just eat what is in front of me. After years of constantly telling people no and spitting out food I was forced to eat, I was labeled a “picky eater.” I held that moniker until I was 16, and my doctor told me that I wasn’t just a picky eater; I had an actual eating disorder. Initially, I rebuffed the notion; I ate plenty, and I didn’t look like the girls on TV and in textbooks who had eating disorders.

How to Deal with Angry Patients/Clients: 9 Tips for Therapists to Diffuse Possible Conflicts

Timothy, a licensed psychotherapist in a major urban area, knew he needed to raise his fees. More than four years ago, he transitioned from a clinic setting to a private practice. He was now married with a young child. His colleagues, Timothy discovered, charged much more for sessions than he did. Although he was committed to offering a sliding scale fee for those who needed it, he wanted to raise his fee for his patients that could afford to pay more. The problem was he was afraid to raise his fees.

A Victoria woman's life-long battle with anorexia

Sally Chaster was only six years old when her battle with anorexia began.

Following a deeply traumatic event, Chaster ended up in the hospital and realized the only way to gain control of her life again was to limit what she was eating, which she continued to do until she left the hospital.

Lasting autistic traits in women with anorexia

Women with anorexia display clear autistic traits, even once the eating disorder is under control and they have achieved a normal weight, according to research from Sahlgrenska Academy.

New International Study Paves the Way for Better Understanding of Diagnostic Categories of Eating Disorders in Children

The age of onset of anorexia nervosa is decreasing, resulting in more children being diagnosed with eating disorders. In an effort to better understand eating problems in children, researchers analyzed data from psychiatrists and pediatricians in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Eating disorder groups across Canada to mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017

With eating disorders having a higher mortality rate among girls and young women than any other mental health condition, eating disorder groups across Canada will mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017 with a new campaign to reinforce the message that eating disorders are not a choice.

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