Weight-loss app for kids is irresponsible, experts say

A coalition of Canadian eating-disorder clinicians, dietitians and health-care professionals are calling a new weight-loss app for children dangerous.

"Our clients are going through so much at these vulnerable ages — puberty and body changes. And gamifying habits that reward food restriction is harmful," said Ary Maharaj, who is an educational coordinator with the National Eating Disorder Information Centre, or NEDIC.

Managing Low Bone Mineral Density in Adolescents with Eating Disorders: A Review of Pathophysiology, Diagnostic Modalities, and Treatment

Medical complications are frequently seen in patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN).1 Loss of bone mineral density (BMD), though not often the initial focus of eating disorder treatment, can persist long after apparent recovery from AN. It is a well-established consequence of poor nutritional intake, and is particularly concerning for the developing bodies of adolescent patients.

6 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship With Exercise

Time for a pop quiz. Two people are running: Runner A is logging a long 20-miler because she truly enjoys it; running clears her head and makes her feel strong. Runner B is tackling five miles — but because she just ate a cookie and feels guilty about it. She's punishing herself and wants to burn off the calories.

'Orthorexia' vying for classification as mental disorder as more people become obsessed with 'clean eating'

Is an obsession with “clean eating” a bona fide mental disorder deserving of its own diagnosis in psychiatry’s official manual of mental illness?

A flurry of new studies and reviews is breathing new life into so-called orthorexia nervosa, loosely defined as a pathological fixation on eating “pure” foods. At its extreme, adherents shun all sugar, all carbs, all dairy, all meat and animal products, gluten, starch, pesticides, herbicides — anything that isn’t natural, organic or “clean.”

Workshops and online interventions provide support for parents of anorexia patients

In a pilot projected at the University Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of MedUni Wien and AKH Wien, parents of anorexia patients were familiarized with the illness in the form of workshops and an online intervention and introduced to skills for the interaction with their children in order to promote healing. The scientific evaluation showed the clear and lasting reduction of the psychological stress within the family affected by the eating disorder. The results are now presented during the largest European Child Psychiatry Congress (30 June to 2 July) in Vienna.

Taking Our Place at the Table as Citizen Scientists and Clinicians

By S. Bryn Austin

Imagine a world where girls, boys, and children of all genders believe in themselves. A world where they are willing to speak up to share their ideas, speak out when they see something unfair, and step in to lead to make positive change in their communities and lives.

Who’s Considered Thin Enough for Eating Disorder Treatment?

Shira Rose and I are eating avocado toast at a Bluestone Lane in midtown Manhattan. Or rather, I’m eating avocado toast and Rose is looking for her phone. “I need to take a picture,” she says. Rose is a well-known body positive style blogger and influencer, but this photo isn’t for the ’gram; at least, not entirely. After she eats everything but a few crusts, Rose needs to text a photo of her empty plate to her dietitian — to prove she’s eating.

3 Mindful Self-Compassion Tools for Eating Disorder Recovery

Can you relate to that hypercritical voice in your head? You know, the one that pops up at the most inconvenient moments to remind you of past failures and the likelihood of future ones? That perfectionistic voice that is never satisfied, never content, always pushing for an unachievable standard, or coaxing you to quit before you fail. In someone with an eating disorder, that inner critic carries a megaphone and the voice of the eating disorder, and the inner critic is often the same.

5 Tips for Helping Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food

As a therapist working with individuals who are struggling as well as a parent of young children, I think a lot about how to help kids develop a healthy relationship with food. By healthy, I mean balanced, flexible, and peaceful. Here are five tips that I have found to be helpful in this aim:

Q&A About Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Study

Dr. Cindy Bulik discusses the new landmark findings on the genetics of anorexia nervosa.