Collaborative Care in Eating Disorders and Non-Negotiables: Why do we need them and how do they work?

Imagine these scenarios…

You’ve been seeing a patient with severe anorexia nervosa for a number of weeks in therapy. Together, you have begun addressing and thinking about the core features that have contributed to the eating disorders onset and maintenance. But recently the patient’s weight has begun to drop, and she has not been seen by her GP. She says that she has fainted several times in the last week. You raise the issue of her going into hospital, but she says “that’s the last thing I want to do…”


Proposed Anti-Anorexia Law Causes Debate in Italy

A proposed law in Italy that aims to jail or fine promoters of eating disorders is causing controversy this week because of the people it specifically targets: owners of pro-anorexia and bulimia websites, who can often be young sufferers themselves.

Serious Restrictive Eating Disorders Occur at Any Weight

Although the words “anorexia nervosa” typically conjure up images of emaciated bodies, eating disorders characterized by dietary restriction or weight loss can — and do — occur at any weight. However, precisely because anorexia nervosa is associated with underweight, doctors are less likely to identify eating disorders among individuals who are in the so-called “normal” or above normal weight range, even if they have all the other symptoms of anorexia nervosa.

Clearly, this is a problem.

Eating disorder funding welcome, but not enough, advocates say

New provincial funding to address eating disorders could signal the issue is becoming more of a priority for the government, advocates say.

The province says it has earmarked $165,000 over three years to a support organization that will use the money to help patients and their families after treatment.

Anita Simon's teenage daughter struggled with an eating disorder for five years.

"She got incredibly sick. She was on the brink of death,” Simon said.

School-based screening for eating disorders could improve detection and outcomes

A brief screening survey to identify teens at risk for an eating disorder could lead to earlier diagnosis and help find hard-to-detect cases, which could lower overall treatment costs and improve outcomes, Boston Children's Hospital researchers report today in American Journal of Public Health.

Now Recruiting Pilot Test Participants for New Online Weight Bias & Stigma Resource for Health Care Professionals!

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services has developed a new resource about weight bias and stigma for health care professionals in BC, and we want your feedback

Suicide Rates High Among Eating Disorder Sufferers

Suicide rates are abnormally high among people who suffer from eating disorders according to a recent study. Published in the Journal of Eating Disorders, the study reviewed current literature on self-injury and suicide in reference to people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

Vancouver artist wins body image mural contest

An art submission by Vancouver resident Jessica Terezakis took first place in a province-wide mural contest held by the by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness  (PEDAW) campaign and the Vancouver Graffiti Management Team.

Metro Vancouver gets new tools for people with eating disorders

VANCOUVER -- A new eating disorder clinic is opening and a residential treatment centre is moving to Vancouver this summer, marking a dramatic increase in the services available here for people with anorexia and bulimia.

If I had a younger sibling in highschool

Check out the speech Amy Pezzente did at the Balancing Our Minds 2014: Tools for Youth Wellness!

This was an event organized by BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services in partnership with the Vancouver Canucks. It was a free, one-day workshop for high school age youth in BC to learn about mental health and engage in fun activities and thoughtful dialogue.

Hudson's Bay Company slammed for 'Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels' shirt

Hudson’s Bay Company found itself at the centre of a social media storm this week after it featured a Canadian artist’s T-shirt design with the quote “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”