6 Differences Between Picky Eating and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Ever wonder if your child’s picky eating is more than just picky eating? While the majority of toddlers and young children experience some type of picky eating as a normal part of their childhood development, there is a line where normal picky eating can become dangerous – and where medical and psychological intervention may be necessary.

Hidden Trauma in Eating Disorders

As a clinician who treats adults suffering from eating disorders, I hear a lot of stories of childhood trauma. More often than not, clients speak of histories that include ongoing physical or sexual abuse, often at the hands of a caregiver, or significant neglect. It was through their eating disorders that my clients were able to endure the pain of their experiences, and the work we do together involves not only healing from their disordered behaviors, but from the trauma that contributed to the disorder’s onset.

‘Clean’ eating obsession focus of provincial campaign

A quick online search of the #CleanEating hashtag produces hundreds of thousands of results – a sea of people posting pictures of their perfectly positioned, healthy-looking fare washed over in splendid sepia tones.

But could our cultural obsession with healthy or “clean” eating be doing more harm than good?

Eating disorder groups across Canada to mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018 with #7billionsizes campaign

Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, classes, abilities, races, and ethnic backgrounds. As part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2018, eating disorder groups across Canada are coming together to launch a new campaign to reinforce the message that when it comes to eating disorders, ONE SIZE DOESN'T FIT ALL.

What Exactly is ARFID?

When my daughter was a toddler, she was what we considered a “picky eater.” As she got older and her picky eating habits got more severe, we began to seriously worry. She didn’t just clamp her mouth shut or shake her head “no” when new foods were set out for dinner. She would gag or choke if she tried anything new. Meals became a battle, with us trying to get her to eat something healthy, and her continuing to refuse.

Evening hours may pose higher risk for overeating, especially when under stress, study finds

Experiments with a small group of overweight men and women have added to evidence that "hunger hormone" levels rise and "satiety (or fullness) hormone" levels decrease in the evening. The findings also suggest that stress may increase hunger hormone levels more in the evening, and the impact of hormones on appetite may be greater for people prone to binge eating.

The findings were described in a report published Dec. 13 in the International Journal of Obesity, and highlight opportunities for people to modify behaviors to preempt overeating.

Can the Brain Fuel an Eating Disorder?

For individuals suffering from anorexia and bulimia, the brain plays a fundamental role in their response to food. Although environmental risk factors such as social media, peers, and familial expectations contribute to feelings of anxiousness about weight and self-image, there is increasing evidence that the brain also plays a major role in the development of an eating disorder.

A New Look at the Many Facets of Binge Eating Disorder

With the publication of the DSM-5, binge eating disorder (BED) finally became an official diagnosis. Although BED is the most common eating disorder with a 2.4% prevalence rate, it is still being defined, as was evident in several presentations at the International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) meeting in Prague. In workshops and paper presentations, clinicians from around the world presented their original BED research and reviews.

New Research and Questions about Current Criteria

Researchers’ treatment helps anorexic patients see appearance holistically

UCLA researchers are developing a new treatment for patients with anorexia nervosa to help change the way they see their bodies.

Jamie Feusner, a UCLA associate professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program, said the treatment his team is working on focuses on how patients unconsciously perceive their bodies, which he said is a less explored aspect of anorexia.

Hormone therapy may reduce eating disorder symptoms in transgender people

New research has shown that receiving cross-sex hormone therapy (CHT) can help to reduce the feelings of body dissatisfaction associated with eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia in transgender people.

The study was led by academics at the universities of Nottingham and Loughborough who recommend that clinicians working at eating disorder services should assess patients for gender identity issues and refer them to transgender health services to be evaluated for hormone treatment.