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…”


Taking Another Look at Pharmacotherapy for Anorexia Nervosa

A multi-site study showed promising results.

Nutritional rehabilitation and psychotherapy are the mainstays of anorexia nervosa (AN) treatment. In contrast, medications are widely regarded as of little value in AN, either for acute treatment or for preventing relapse. A very wide range of medicines have been tried, and most have shown little benefit.

This Is International No Diet Day

This Is International No Diet Day.

Public health officials advise you to avoid fad diets, and be comfortable with who you are

While going on a diet to shed unwanted pounds might sound like a great idea, public health officials say some weight-loss plans may actually be bad for you.

This is International No Diet Day.

Fad diets have been around for decades, and many more are popping up through social media.

A new study of adolescents with eating disorders compares those who use substances and those who don’t while in treatment

Concordia researcher Linda Booij identifies possible warning signs for health care providers

Adolescence can be a minefield for those going through it. Along with natural bodily changes, teens also have to grapple with social pressures emphasizing thinness and other arbitrary standards of desirability.

HAES is a Cornerstone for Recovery

I have been a career-long Health At Every Size (HAES®), intuitive eating, and mindfulness practitioner. Sheer good fortunate allowed me to meet and work with mentors who offered me these perspectives back in the early 80’s. At the time, the HAES® paradigm was somewhat alternative, but it just made good clinical sense as a philosophical base from which to launch recovery from dieting disorders and poor self-concept. In my estimation, the HAES® paradigm has stood the test of time.

Art Therapy: Beneficial in Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders are one of the most complex and most dangerous disorders due to their medical complications and the challenging thought processes which can increase the rate of suicide. Often treatment interventions to support recovery include; CBT, DBT, nutrition and psycho education, psychopharmacology, and medical monitoring.

Eating Disorders and Substance Use: Why are the Two Often Linked?

One of the things we have understood clinically for a long time is that people who have eating disorders often struggle with substance use issues.

And, people with substance use disorder (SUD) also struggle with disordered eating.

The Importance of Including Exercise in Eating Disorders Treatment

Exercise is ubiquitous in modern society. We can’t drive by a strip mall without seeing a new store-front gym complete with a secret breakthrough diet that promises to supercharge aesthetically focused results, go on social media without being bombarded by ‘fitspo’ messages and incredibly persuasive testimonials of how exercise changed someone’s life, or even look at our newsfeeds on our phones without seeing a press release touting the latest great news about the health effects of exercise.

Researchers have uncovered a link between childhood obesity and mental health problems

Obese children are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, such as anxiety and low mood, when they start secondary school, new research suggests.

Researchers, from the university of Liverpool, found obesity and mental health had a close link, and this gradually increased throughout childhood.

The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, revealed that overweight seven-year-olds are at higher risk of suffering from emotional problems by the time they reach the age of 11.

Understanding body signals could be a key factor in eating disorders

Eating is often believed to be entirely under our conscious control – we choose to eat when we are hungry or when we feel tired and need more energy. Because of this, people often believe that overeating is caused by a lack of self-control and under-eating is a deliberate attempt to change our body, usually in response to perceived ideals about body shape. While unrealistic images in the media can have an effect on young people’s self-esteem and body image, other factors may also affect our eating.