Orthorexia On The Rise In Canada

The healthy eating craze could be putting Canadians in serious danger.  Watch the full video on Breakfast Television Vancouver here.


The Psychology Behind Excess Weight Patients

Carlos Grilo, PhD Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Director of the Program for Obesity Weight and Eating Research (POWER), Yale University School of Medicine: Obesity is something that is a prevalent problem, but even though it's so common, it's associated with a lot obesity stigma and discrimination. Many people who are obese feel and perceive they have been repeatedly treated poorly or unfairly because of their excess weight. And that actually backfires — that doesn't lead to people developing more healthful lives and eating better, and exercising more.

Lessons Learned from the Minnesota Starvation Experiment

The Minnesota Starvation Experiment was a landmark study done back in the 1940’s by researcher Ancel Keys and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota.  It is still quite relevant today, and has many implications for eating disorder treatment and recovery.

Recap of how they did the study:

Judy Krasna: When responsible parenting is labeled controlling

Let’s say, Heaven forbid, that your daughter is a drug addict. She is essentially enslaved; trapped in the cunning and powerful clutches of her addiction. Her rational thoughts are suppressed, and all she is thinking about is getting high, which overshadows and overpowers everything and everyone else in her life. Her job, her family, and her interpersonal relationships all take a back seat to the overwhelmingly compelling pulls of her addiction. To say that she is not herself anymore is an understatement of epic proportions.

The transformation of Burnaby resident Aeryon Ashlie, from bulimia to balance

Watch video here:  http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/the-transformation-of-aeryon-ashlie-from-bulimia-to-balance

At least with alcoholism or drug addiction, abstinence is possible. But someone recovering from bulimia can’t just stop eating.

“I ask myself, ‘Am I hungry?’ ” Aeryon Ashlie said. “Probably not. Am I hungry or am I sad? Am I upset and just trying to fulfil something with food?”

NEDIC Launching First-In-Canada Instant Chat Helpline Service

New digital platform opens the door for youth to talk about their eating disorders!

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is proud to announce, that with a $15,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, presented at last week’s 6th annual Zest for Life event, it has reached its fundraising goal of $70,000 to support the addition of a web-based instant chat option to its existing helpline services.

Here Come the Holidays: Self-Care for Therapists By Marie Hartwell-Walker, EdD

Here come the winter holidays. For many practices, the stretch from just prior to Thanksgiving to early February is the busiest – and most stressful- time of year. Case loads go up with new and returning patients. For our patients, the holidays bring out the worst of family dynamics, the memories and reminders of negative events in the past and anxieties about what will happen this year. For some trauma survivors especially, the holiday season may be fraught with emotional upheaval and difficult decisions about family get-togethers.

Web-Based Education and Skill Practice for All Ages Who Have ARFID and Their Loved Ones

Duke University is developing a variety of tools to provide medical professional education, as well as support and treatment options to children and adults who suffer from extreme picky eating (ARFID).

Fattitude: A new feature-length documentary film

Fattitude, a feature-length documentary that exposes how popular culture fosters fat prejudice and then offers an alternative way of thinking, announces its documentary release.

Fattitude is the first truly expository film – made by body image activists – seeking to educate and raise weight bias awareness in the mainstream populous – or rather the first film to make the argument that fat hatred exists as a culturally unchecked prejudice – and Every Body deserves respect!

Meet the Health Literacy Team at BC Children's Hospital!

The BC Children’s Hospital Health Literacy team is led by Andrew Tugwell, Director, Health Promotion & Prevention, and made up of a number of project managers and project coordinators – see photo. We work alongside the staff of the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre to support the mental health and well-being of children, youth, and families in BC. Our work includes:

Emotion Coaching for Mothers of Daughters with Eating Disorders

Family is an important part of recovery—and researchers are tapping into its potential.

Our technology-driven lives mean youth are constantly barraged by an endless stream of images—many of which are unrealistic and potentially harmful. These images often expose youth to idealized portraits of thin girls and women, which can fuel negative self-perception and, in some, eating disorders.