Eating Disorders: Recent News Articles

Ask your father: why are you on a diet? Timesonline

Flora, aged 10, wants to know why she has to eat all her dinner when Mummy is on a diet.

The answer really depends on what sort of diet you are on. If you swing chaotically between feast and famine, there is no positive way of explaining your attitude to food to your daughter. If, however, you are trying to adopt long-term healthier eating habits, there is no harm in being honest.

But let's be realistic; wanting to feel “healthier” usually means hoping to look slimmer. A child inevitably picks up on this, as well as your general attitude towards body image and eating.

So look out for the words you use when you talk about yourself. Be aware of those moments when you catch yourself in the mirror and say, “God, I look like a melted candle from the waist down”, while your daughter watches on, soaking up the jaded self-criticism like a sponge. Avoid too the pitfall of branding certain foods as “good” or “bad”. Never say, for instance, “Aren't you lucky you can eat chocolate, while poor old Mummy has to stick to boring salads.”

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Brittany Snow: Dieting Was 'My Best Friend'

"I remember looking around at all these women who were on the soap opera who were working out and dieting," Snow says. Taking their cue, a 12-year-old Snow tried her first diet, called Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type. "I took it to the extreme," the Hairspray star admits, which included a two-month stint when she "lived on pineapple." After losing 10 lbs. on the diet, Snow says she heard compliments and felt accepted by those around her. Soon it was a feeling she couldn't get enough of. "It kind of progressed into this thing where I needed to always be dieting and losing weight and more weight," she says in the site's interview series Half of Us, which addresses mental health issues and ways to get help. "It became my life and I didn't have any friends and this was definitely my best friend and I held on to it really tight."
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Teens' help gives hope: North Shore News

Looking to make a difference in their community, three North Vancouver teenagers founded the charitable company Help Gives Hope ... the students established Help Gives Hope in February, a charitable company that seeks to help North Shore teens deal with various issues.

"We are teenagers ourselves and we have been in tough situations that deal with certain issues," Brennan said. "Teenagers are more receptive to people who have been in their situation. A lot of times when adults try and help teens, they mean well but a lot of it doesn't come across as well as if a teen is saying it. That's why we can help."

The company sells T-shirts with all proceeds going to three non-profit organizations: the Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders, the West Coast Alternatives Society and A Place to Call Home.

"We picked these organizations because they are all non-profit and not governmentally funded," he said. "They also deal with three big issues facing teenagers -- eating disorders, drugs and alcohol, and homelessness."

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When Eating Is The Enemy: Sun Post

... Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, or FA, is a nationally recognized support group that helps members battle food issues. Some members are fighting overeating, some undereating and others bulimia, but all are looking for a way to control their eating habits.

After more than three years in the program, Ray, a 76-year-old Tracy resident, said several of his weight-related health problems are cured. (Because the group operates on the same principals as Alcoholics Anonymous, members are not allowed to give their last names.)

“It saved my life,” Ray said. “I was a pre-diabetic with sleep apnea, high blood pressure and a cancer survivor, and now it’s all gone.”

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