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xenopodid is an intimate insight into the perspectives of New Zealanders who have lived with disordered eating.  From Auckland-based production company Two One One Three Creatives, the team behind Disorder spoke with a diverse range of Kiwis with a broad spectrum of experiences.  From anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia to over-eating, Disorder shines a light on these much-needed conversations, without the shame which so often presents itself.  

Vancouver Island Voices: You're OK just the way you are

Will losing weight change your love life? No, but living in a culture that accepts body diversity sure will.

I lead body-image support groups, and I am a recovering exercise-abuser who just left a career in exercise and health promotion to pursue a clinical practice — mopping up the mess I made promoting weight management and body shaping through extreme workouts and “healthy eating” strategies.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Offers New Hope for Major Depression

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) significantly improves quality of life for patients with treatment-resistant depression—even when their depressive symptoms do not wholly subside—according to a new study of 599 patients with major depression that wasn’t alleviated by so-called “treatment as usual.” Typical treatment for clinical depression generally includes a combination of antidepressant drugs, psychotherapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, or electroconvulsive therapy.

Laxative abuse is the eating disorder that’s rarely talked about

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“One of the biggest misnomers with eating disorders is the myth that you can tell someone has a disorder because they’re so thin,” says Patti Perry, founder of Eating Disorders Clinic in Toronto and co-founder of the National Initiative for Eating Disorders. “That’s simply not true. There are people who are of so-called normal weight who stay that way through binging and purging with vomiting or laxative abuse.”

Should patients with anorexia be force-fed to save their lives?

Madam Justice Lise Bergeron of the Quebec Superior Court recently ruled that a 20-year-old woman who is suffering from severe anorexia should be force-fed to keep her alive.

The hospital where the young woman is being treated, Centre hospitalier universitaire du Québec, sought a court order when she began to suffer life-threatening pericardial effusion (build-up of fluid around the heart).

The patient, who is not identified for privacy concerns, has been under almost constant treatment since 2012. At one point she weighed a mere 32 kilograms, and was refusing to eat.

Weight Management Trials Have Limited Effect in Early Childhood

Two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) testing obesity prevention in early childhood have differing/conflicting results. In one, a multifaceted intervention did not change body mass index (BMI) trajectory over the course of 3 years in low-income minority children at risk for obesity. In the other, a responsive parenting intervention begun 2 weeks after birth showed modest improvement among infants aged 0 to 3 years.

Both studies were published online on August 7 in JAMA.

Prediction Error and Altered Dopamine Function May Play Key Role in Anorexia Nervosa

Prediction error brain response may play a key role in adolescent anorexia nervosa, driving anxiety and ventral striatal-hypothalamus circuit-controlled food avoidance, according to the results of a study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Inside the Mind of an Eating Disorder

5028730536 has recently developed new videos to help both healthcare professionals and parents to better understand what eating disorders are all about. 

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Latest video:  Inside the Mind of an Eating Disorder

What is the Difference Between ARFID and Anorexia Nervosa?

Most parents have dealt with their children being picky eaters at some time or another. With so much to think about when it comes to children’s diets, from allergies and food sensitivities to maturing taste buds, how do you know if a “picky eater” is struggling with an eating disorder – and which one? When should you get concerned and seek help? Knowing more could be the key to whether, when and how to offer support.

US: National Strategy for EDs passed

Strides are being made in the implementation of the multicarinated, legislation that allows for federally funded eating disorder training for healthcare providers and clarifies that mental health care parity applies to eating disorders.