What are Eating Disorders?

“Eating disorder” is a term for a group of serious mental illnesses that cause individuals to jeopardize both mental and physical health due to problematic relationships with weight, body image, eating, and food. These disorders can at times be life threatening. A problematic relationship with eating or body image can manifest itself in the form … Read more

What is OSFED: Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are diagnosed under a list of symptoms from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM5) that can leave many people out who may not have ALL the symptoms. According to Dr. Jennifer J. Thomas, co-director of The Eating Disorders Clinic … Read more

Breaking Stereotypes: Study Reveals More Middle Age Women Are Hiding Eating Disorders Than Previously Believed

Admit it. When you hear the words Anorexia or Bulimia you often picture a female teenager starving herself or eating tons of food before purging. That’s what earlier research and the media have always told us about people with eating disorders. We’ve been told that it’s mainly young females struggling with anorexia or bulimia. Well, … Read more

Demystifying Misconceptions About Anorexia

(Video transcript from Interview with Ann Kerr, Clinical Director from Waterstone Clinic for Eating Disorders): One of the common misperceptions about eating disorders, in particular, anorexia nervosa. That’s the illness that people can see that someone has actually become very emaciated, they’ve lost a lot of weight. That in some ways anorexia is a choice. … Read more

Overcoming the Toughest Hurdle: Athletes Are Not Immune to Eating Disorders

Although the 2016 Summer Olympics has ended, it continues to unveil some controversy over athletes’ behaviours and at times overshadowing their performance at the games. Still, there have been positive outcomes as a result of this year’s summer Olympics that helped build awareness about mental health.  Athletes continue to share their personal stories about what … Read more