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.

Trauma Therapy 101

Trauma is a normal part of the human experience, but it varies widely in terms of severity and impact. Patients who come to therapy with a history of trauma that has caused significant havoc and dysfunction in their lives may struggle to reach their treatment goals without a treatment plan that emphasizes the resolution of the trauma itself. For this reason, all psychotherapists should be aware of the conditions needed for trauma treatment to be successful.

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New Research and Questions about Current Criteria

Asian American women have tough time seeking help for eating disorders, says CSUF study

Young Asian American women tend to have cultural and family influences that discourage them from seeking help for eating disorders, according to new research led by Yuying Tsong, Cal State Fullerton associate professor in human services.

Compared with a general population with eating disorders, young Asian American women displayed some common themes, the study found, including:

The Effects of Compulsive Exercise among Teens

A large longitudinal study targeted younger patients with EDs.

Binge eating linked to weight-loss challenges -Type 2 Diabetes

Someone who binge eats consumes an objectively large amount of food while feeling a loss of control over eating. When episodes occur weekly for several months, the action moves into the realm of binge-eating disorder. So how does this type of eating affect people with Type 2 diabetes and obesity who are actively working to lose weight?

Genetics Of Behaviors Associated With Eating Disorders

Eaating disorders (ED), comprising anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating, have become the third chronic disease among young females in Western societies. These disorders, which are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape, are closely related to poor quality of life, situations of obesity or malnutrition and high rates of psychosocial morbidity and premature mortality. These ED are complex, multifactorial diseases.

Classrooms that Heal

Our very own CoP member, Diana Mogensen who recently retired from her role as a teacher in the Specialized Eating Disorders Program at BC Children’s Hospital, was featured on page 8 in the latest November/December Teacher Magazine!  

Read more about it here! 

People with eating disorders benefit from specialist CBT and self-help programmes, says NICE

Cognitive behavioural therapy is talking treatment which focuses on the relationship between a person’s thoughts and their behaviour. Specialised cognitive behavioural (CBT-ED) is specifically designed for people with eating disorders and is delivered in four distinct stages over 40 weeks.

It is recommended for adults with anorexia nervosa and may be offered to children alongside family therapy.

Professor Christopher Fairburn, director of the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford and a topic expert from the committee said:

Treatment-Resistant Bulimia Nervosa: Clinical Implications and Future Directions

Dialectical behavior therapy may be particularly effective in mitigating biologically-driven vulnerabilities, and zonisamide and lamotrigine may play a role. Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a serious disorder characterized by recurrent large-volume eating episodes that are marked by a loss of control (binge eating), regular compensatory behaviors that are intended to prevent weight gain (purging), and over-valuation of body shape and weight.

Should People with Anorexia Be Force-Fed?


Last month, a New Jersey judge granted guardianship to the parents of a 20-year-old woman with anorexia nervosa, arguing that the woman is incapable of making her own medical decisions.

This clears the way for the parents to take charge of treatment decisions for their daughter — known in court documents as S.A. — including the option of force-feeding.

This follows on the heels of the death of a 30-year-old New Jersey woman known as Ashley G., who also had severe anorexia and restricted her food intake.

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