Rate My Hospital Kids' restricted eating disorder 'more than just picky eating'

Canadian children and teens with persistent avoidance of food can face serious complications which health-care professionals and parents should be aware of, two doctors say.

A commentary in Thursday's issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health reflects on the first two years of a new category of eating disorder.

The picture of a child with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder or ARFID varies from longstanding feeding and eating difficulties to not eating adequately for a prolonged period after a stressful event.

NHS trial 'transforms lives' of young anorexia and bulimia sufferers

“If you have a child with cancer, you wouldn’t wait until they had reached stage four cancer before starting treatment. It’s no different with an eating disorder, because if you delay treatment, then the illness becomes more ingrained and more difficult to treat.”

How to fix Canada’s mental health system

It can be hard enough to get timely treatment if you only have to drive a few blocks to find it. But what if access to care for, say, an anxiety disorder requires traversing a sprawling wilderness, for hours by car, sometimes through a blizzard? These were the stories that Fern Stockdale Winder heard often from Saskatchewan patients, as the psychologist charged with developing the province’s new mental-health strategy. Even when mental-health care was available, reaching treatment was often one more layer of stress.

1 in 5 Canadian women not satisfied with their appearance: survey

TORONTO — When Canadians look in the mirror, only 11 per cent are completely satisfied with what they see, according to a new global survey.

The findings, put out by market research company GfK, are based on interviews that were conducted last summer across 22 countries with more than 27,000 people aged 15 and older.

Among the global highlights:

The case for publicly funded therapy

Mental illness affects one in five Canadians and costs us nearly $50-billion a year. So why aren’t we treating it like any other health-care crisis?

AED Releases Nine Truths About Eating Disorders

AED Releases Nine Truths About Eating Disorders


NDP pushes for eating disorder treatment strategy

Anorexia and bulimia wreak havoc among youth and too little is done in Ottawa to raise public and media awareness. That is why New Democrat MP Laurin Liu will table a motion in the House of Commons calling for a national strategy for eating disorders.

National Eating Disorders Collaboration - new online resource and report (Australia)

The National Eating Disorders Collaboration has launched a new online resource and report, both focusing on using online tools to communicate about eating disorders with young people.