Alberta Eating Disorders New Website to help Navigate Services

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Trying to navigate the health-care system during a crisis can be daunting, and that’s why two Alberta charitable groups, with the support of Alberta Health Services (AHS), created a video and a list of resources that are easy to find in one place.

Sue Huff wrote the script for the video. It will be the first shown on AHS screens dealing with eating disorders.

Bruce Conway, spokesperson for Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone, said AHS is supportive of the groups’ efforts.

“Alberta Health Services has the video running every hour on all Health Unlimited Television (HUTV) locations throughout Alberta,” Conway said. “This includes 75 screens in clinic waiting rooms, labs, community health clinics, ED waiting rooms, Mazankowski Heart Centre and other facilities across the province.”

Huff founded the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta to help other caregivers, family members and patients trying to find help. She’s the group’s executive director.

While Statistics Canada data shows anorexia affects up to one per cent of women in their lifetime, while bulimia affects one to three per cent, Huff said only those who are formally diagnosed are captured in statistics. She suspects the number is much higher.

Only 10 per cent of people with an eating disorder will seek out treatment, Huff said. Others who do go to a doctor can be misdiagnosed as having depression or anxiety, and men are especially under-reported, she added.

In Calgary, Cendrine Tremblay created the Silver Linings Foundation after going through a similar situation trying to navigate the health-care system seven years ago and finding that information was not available in one place.

Tremblay said Alberta Health Services recognized the gap and helped with the project: