Finding the Right Words to Say: AED Releases Infographic on Using Sensitive and Medically Appropriate Language in the Eating Disorders Community

In an effort to reduce the stigma associated with eating disorders, the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) recently released an infographic based on an article written by multiple current or former editors and associate editors of the International Journal of Eating Disorders (IJED), “Speaking of That: Terms to Avoid or Reconsider in the Eating Disorders Field.” The authors of Speaking of That created a streamlined version of 50 relevant psychological and psychiatric terms that should be avoided in the eating disorders community.

Is new Netflix drama To The Bone glorifying eating disorders?

We spoke to people with experience of eating disorders about To The Bone, a film about anorexia coming to Netflix next month.  

A gaunt and thin girl sits at a stylish breakfast bar in an all-American, middle-class home. A plate of bland food is placed in front of her: pork, noodles, green beans and a bread roll. In a flash, she identifies the calories in each foodstuff from memory, raising a fist in triumph when her sister confirms she is correct. “It’s like you have calorie Asperger’s,” the sister says with an eye roll.  

Eating disorder app launched through new Swansea University innovation project

A £13.5million project which brings together academics, clinicians and industry to pioneer research into cutting-edge health technologies is now up and running.  Dr Gerry Ronan, from Swansea University, is leading the project.  


Woman’s own healing lessons now help others with business Girls On Boards ~soon coming to Vancouver

It can take half a lifetime for wounds to heal from our youth and young adulthood. When Mia Lockhart was 12 years old, she developed an eating disorder. Through her own process of healing that continues to this day, Lockhart knows she now has a much healthier relationship with her body.

Mia Lockhart and her my two teenage daughters, Jasmine and Jade.

Helping Patients to Break Free From Perfectionism

Often for my patients that struggle with perfectionism, I notice a common theme in that they tend to have a very harsh “inner critic.”Patients who describe themselves as perfectionists often “beat themselves up” for perceived setbacks or mistakes. Additionally, they typically have “black and white” thinking patterns where they either see something as a “success” or “failure.”

The following are three tips for helping clients to break free from perfectionism.

1.Help Them to Practice Self-Compassion.

Further support for genetic factors underlying addictions & binge eating

Impairment of a particular gene raises increases susceptibility to opioid addiction liability as well as vulnerability to binge eating according to a new study.

Anorexia nervosa has a genetic basis

A large-scale, international whole-genome analysis has now revealed for the first time that anorexia nervosa is associated with genetic anomalies on chromosome 12. This finding might lead to new, interdisciplinary approaches to its treatment. The study was led by the University of North Carolina and has been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Child and adolescent psychiatrist Andreas Karwautz from MedUni Vienna's Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was responsible for the Austrian contribution.

What Childhood Trauma Does to Brain Development: New research points to neurobiological sex differences in youth with PTSD.

Traumatic stress impacts the developing brains of males and females differently, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program.

Using the Family Dinner to Model a Food Neutral Mentality

You sit down to eat dinner with the family. Perhaps you think my due diligence is done – I can now check off “family dinners” on my “Good Parenting List.” Is this true? Is eating together the answer to raising healthy and happy eaters? As with anything, it depends, and of course, differs for each child and/or family. However, in general dinner conversation, food served and food eaten affects our children’s relationship with food and body. Use the family dinner as an opportunity to create a neutral food and body mentality.

The Family Dinner

The Worst Advice I Ever Gave as an Eating Disorder Therapist

While my third-grade peers were writing essays dreaming about professional baseball or working with elephants at the zoo, I was documenting my goal of becoming a psychologist. I was fascinated by people. I was hungry to understand them. Maybe I was a little weird.

When I started college, I changed my decade-long plan and decided to become a writer. I’d still analyze people, but from a safer distance. Words were my other great passion. I knew how powerful a phrase or an idea could be in the hands of someone who knew how to shape it.

Statement - On World Eating Disorders Action Day Break the Shame, Stigma and Silence

On behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), Louise Bradley, President and CEO, made the following statement.

"Through open and supportive dialogue during World Eating Disorders Action Day and beyond, we can help break the cycle of shame, stigma and silence that leads to inaction around these diseases.