Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019!

Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is February 1-7, 2019 and the CFE is busy promoting this year's theme, "Eating Disorders Can't Afford to Wait!" in hope to bring awareness that million's of people across Canada are currently struggling, with limited resources to provide support.

Should patients with anorexia be force-fed to save their lives?

Madam Justice Lise Bergeron of the Quebec Superior Court recently ruled that a 20-year-old woman who is suffering from severe anorexia should be force-fed to keep her alive.

The hospital where the young woman is being treated, Centre hospitalier universitaire du Québec, sought a court order when she began to suffer life-threatening pericardial effusion (build-up of fluid around the heart).

The patient, who is not identified for privacy concerns, has been under almost constant treatment since 2012. At one point she weighed a mere 32 kilograms, and was refusing to eat.

Weight Management Trials Have Limited Effect in Early Childhood

Two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) testing obesity prevention in early childhood have differing/conflicting results. In one, a multifaceted intervention did not change body mass index (BMI) trajectory over the course of 3 years in low-income minority children at risk for obesity. In the other, a responsive parenting intervention begun 2 weeks after birth showed modest improvement among infants aged 0 to 3 years.

Both studies were published online on August 7 in JAMA.

Prediction Error and Altered Dopamine Function May Play Key Role in Anorexia Nervosa

Prediction error brain response may play a key role in adolescent anorexia nervosa, driving anxiety and ventral striatal-hypothalamus circuit-controlled food avoidance, according to the results of a study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Inside the Mind of an Eating Disorder

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has recently developed new videos to help both healthcare professionals and parents to better understand what eating disorders are all about. 

See their youtube website here:

Latest video:  Inside the Mind of an Eating Disorder

What is the Difference Between ARFID and Anorexia Nervosa?

Most parents have dealt with their children being picky eaters at some time or another. With so much to think about when it comes to children’s diets, from allergies and food sensitivities to maturing taste buds, how do you know if a “picky eater” is struggling with an eating disorder – and which one? When should you get concerned and seek help? Knowing more could be the key to whether, when and how to offer support.

US: National Strategy for EDs passed

Strides are being made in the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation that allows for federally funded eating disorder training for healthcare providers and clarifies that mental health care parity applies to eating disorders.

Four therapy techniques to gain perspective on anxiety

If you are someone prone to anxiety, depression or anger then it is likely that everyday occurrences can seem like catastrophes. Someone says something you don’t like and it seems awful. You can’t stand it. You are driving in traffic and it is all backed up and you are leaning on the horn because—you can’t stand being stuck in traffic. Someone treats you unfairly and you tell all your friends what a horrible person she is—and you can’t stand that either. You lose money, a relationship isn’t going the way you want, your boss is irritated, or you are just not getting what you want.

The Art of using Medications in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

When I was an undergrad student, someone told me,“If you want to prescribe medicine, go to med school. If you want to do talk therapy, go to grad school.” At the time, I was deciding on the next step towards a career in mental health. That advice has always seemed too black and white. A mentor suggested that I would not regret the choice of medical school as a vital exposure to the fragility of life and death. Although this is another “black and white” sentiment, it has nonetheless remained with me to this day.

A Primer on Loss of Control Eating in Children and Adolescents

“Loss of control while eating” refers to a feeling that one cannot control what or how much one is eating. It can, but does not always, involve consuming an unusually large amount of food (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). For example, a child can report feeling out of control while eating an entire container of ice cream, or just one scoop. Regardless of how much food is eaten during a loss of control eating episode, children will often report feeling distressed about being unable to stop.

Emotional Support Animals and eating disorder recovery

In order to successfully treat eating disorders, most mental health professionals agree that a multi-modal approach is best. Long gone are the days where a “one size fits all” approach is used for the patient.

Practitioners have realized that each person living with an eating disorder will need a treatment plan that is catered to their unique needs. In most cases, their plan will have several methods to help treat and support the individual as effectively as possible.