Academy for Eating Disorders

Academy for Eating Disorders The Vision of the Academy for Eating Disorders is: Global access to knowledge, research and best treatment practice for eating disorders.

The Academy for Eating Disorders is a global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment and prevention. Our Vision is for: Global access to knowledge, research and best treatment practice for eating disorders. Our Strategic Goals: 1. Generate knowledge and integrate collective expertise about Eating Disorders. 2. Provide platforms for the promotion of understanding, sharing of knowledge, & research-practice integration in the field of Eating Disorders. 3. Build capacity in the next generation of Eating Disorder professionals. 4. Foster innovation & best practice by recognizing excellence in the field of Eating Disorders.

"Research is scarce on patient and parent satisfaction with family-based treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa (AN),...
05/13/2019
User satisfaction with family-based inpatient treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa: retrospective views of patients and parents

"Research is scarce on patient and parent satisfaction with family-based treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa (AN), especially family-based treatment adapted to inpatient settings. The purpose of this study was to describe and compare patient and parent satisfaction with an inpatient family-based treatment program for adolescent AN, and to investigate whether the level of satisfaction with treatment was associated with eating disorder outcome."

Research is scarce on patient and parent satisfaction with family-based treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa (AN), especially family-based treatment adapted to inpatient settings. The purpose of this study was to describe and compare patient and parent satisfaction with an inpatient family-base...

Speaking at Kensington Palace, Prince William said a low-key trial of Shout had already seen 60,000 people “who were f...
05/13/2019
Mental health text support service Shout launched by royals

Speaking at Kensington Palace, Prince William said a low-key trial of Shout had already seen 60,000 people “who were feeling scared, frightened and alone” contact the service with the most common issue being suicidal thoughts. So far, 85% of the users are under 25.

During the trial, ambulances had to be called out for people who were using the text service and were considered at active risk of hurting themselves on average twice a day.

Text conversations on Shout will allow volunteers to help those ‘feeling scared and alone’

One of the largest polls on the issue, for the Mental Health Foundation, found one in eight people aged 18 and above hav...
05/13/2019
One in eight UK adults have suicidal thoughts over body image – poll

One of the largest polls on the issue, for the Mental Health Foundation, found one in eight people aged 18 and above have been so distressed about their body image they have thought about killing themselves.

While the issue of body image in children, particularly girls, has come to the fore in recent years, the charity says its research illustrates people can be adversely affected regardless of gender or age, with many of the same drivers, such as social media and advertising, at play.

Charity calls for codes to regulate ‘idealised body representation’ in the media

05/11/2019
CNN

“If you love it, do it.”

“If you love it, do it. It’s as simple as that.” This 18-year-old hip-hop phenom is #breakingthestereotype of the dance world with inspiration and body positivity.

“When I’m dancing, I honestly feel like I’m more myself. No one can tear me down, no one can hurt my feelings," Amanda LaCount says.

Learn more on CNN’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/f/cnn

This week, New York Passed legislation ensuring coverage of ALL eating disorders in the DSM-5. Read how New York Senator...
05/11/2019
Senator Pushing for Total Health Coverage of Eating Disorders

This week, New York Passed legislation ensuring coverage of ALL eating disorders in the DSM-5. Read how New York Senator Alessandra Biaggi’s own history with an eating disorder made this a public and personal mission for her.

It could be voted on in the Senate later this month.

An #EDsJTP qualitative study on #primarycare experiences from ten adults with #eatingdisorders demonstrated that it is o...
05/10/2019

An #EDsJTP qualitative study on #primarycare experiences from ten adults with #eatingdisorders demonstrated that it is of particular importance for #physicians to be #empathic and #nonjudgmental to effectively facilitate access to appropriate treatment: https://bit.ly/2GoB5RU

An #EDsJTP qualitative study on #primarycare experiences from ten adults with #eatingdisorders demonstrated that it is of particular importance for #physicians to be #empathic and #nonjudgmental to effectively facilitate access to appropriate treatment: https://bit.ly/2GoB5RU

"Butterfly recently surveyed about 500 carers and found 40 per cent had never sought help for themselves, but more than ...
05/09/2019
Kim finds support amid heartbreak over three daughters with anorexia

"Butterfly recently surveyed about 500 carers and found 40 per cent had never sought help for themselves, but more than 80 per cent highlighted the impact on their own mental health and 64 per cent said they would benefit from psychological support. Carers reported struggling with anger, distress, guilt, fear, confusion, and helplessness, and said they felt isolated because of the lack of support."

Kim Coffey is one of an estimated two million carers of people with eating disorders. The Butterfly Foundation says families urgently need more support.

"The point prevalence of any eating disorder was 22.2% (12.8% in boys, 32.9% in girls), and ‘other specified’ disord...
05/09/2019
DSM-5 full syndrome, other specified, and unspecified eating disorders in Australian adolescents: prevalence and clinical significance | Psychological Medicine | Cambridge Core

"The point prevalence of any eating disorder was 22.2% (12.8% in boys, 32.9% in girls), and ‘other specified’ disorders (11.2%) were more common than full criterial disorders (6.2%)."

DSM-5 full syndrome, other specified, and unspecified eating disorders in Australian adolescents: prevalence and clinical significance - Deborah Mitchison, Jonathan Mond, Kay Bussey, Scott Griffiths, Nora Trompeter, Alexandra Lonergan, Kathleen M. Pike, Stuart B. Murray, Phillipa Hay

"Children can go through phases where they might like different foods and different textures, or not like things that th...
05/09/2019
Here's The Key Difference Between Picky Eating & An Eating Disorder In Kids

"Children can go through phases where they might like different foods and different textures, or not like things that they used to. And that’s just part of the whole maturation process [...] But it becomes an issue when you can’t get whole food groups in, and their nutrition becomes very unbalanced."

Struggling to get your kid to eat can be incredibly stressful for a parent. It's often really hard to tell what's behind a mealtime battle. Is the child genuinely not hungry at that moment? Are they just being stubborn? Or is there something more…

"Self-image aspects once again display substantial power in predicting outcome in EDs. In AN/R patients, self-love plays...
05/08/2019
Self-image and 12-month outcome in females with eating disorders: extending previous findings

"Self-image aspects once again display substantial power in predicting outcome in EDs. In AN/R patients, self-love plays an almost as crucial a role as baseline ED pathology in relation to 12-month outcome."

The interpersonal Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB) model of self-image has repeatedly proven valuable in relation to eating disorder (ED) symptoms and in predicting ED outcome. We studied the association between initial self-image according to the SASB and 12-month outcome, in five diag...

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan started yesterday."Ramadan is a spiritual month. It's about health and helping others a...
05/07/2019
Ramadan: Still in the grips of anorexia

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan started yesterday.

"Ramadan is a spiritual month. It's about health and helping others and about being kind to oneself. I cannot fast because I am sick, but what I CAN do is help others and take care of myself. I can be thankful to God that I am here in this world. I am alive and I am living."

Every year when Ramadan comes around, I open up about my experience with an eating disorder. It can be such a tricky time for those of us struggling with an ea...

Each of these unique designs represents a particular “relationship” to eating disorders – whether you are a patien...
05/07/2019
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Each of these unique designs represents a particular “relationship” to eating disorders – whether you are a patient on the road to recovery, a family member missing a loved one lost, or a friend or advocate cheering sufferers on to recovery, you will find a piece meant to show your special relationship. The jewelry is crafted using Rhodium or 18 Karat Yellow Gold applied over sterling silver, genuine amethyst, and cubic zirconia. A portion of each sale is generously donated to AED by the Something for Kelly Foundation.

The Faculty of Eating Disorder of the Royal College of Psychiatrists invites you to send your papers, proposals for sess...
05/07/2019
Faculty of Eating Disorders Psychiatry Annual Conference 2019

The Faculty of Eating Disorder of the Royal College of Psychiatrists invites you to send your papers, proposals for sessions and masterclasses for this year's annual conference that will take place in London on 4-5th December 2019 with a theme of "Art and Science of Eating Disorders: A Global Vision to Help Eating Disorder Patients and Carers". The day-long session on 5th December 2019 will be for European Chapter of the Academy of Eating Disorders with the same theme.

Paper submissions are due 20 May.
Poster submissions are due 7 October.

The Faculty of Eating Disorders invites submissions for the poster exhibition at their annual conference. Submissions should be in the form of an abstract of a maximum of 300 words and submitted by email before 5pm on 7th October 2019. Download full details on the poster exhibition.

"Annually every June 2 around the world has been proclaimed World Eating Disorders Action Day. This year is no different...
05/06/2019
Five Things You Can Do!

"Annually every June 2 around the world has been proclaimed World Eating Disorders Action Day. This year is no different! World Eating Disorders Action Day was founded in 2015 by a handful of advocates who wanted to bring together global citizens in the fight against eating disorders."

World Eating Disorders Day 2019 Eating Disorders: We Can’t Afford to Wait Annually every June 2 around the world has been proclaimed World Eating Disorders Action Day. This year is no di…

05/06/2019

Strategies for Implementing and Disseminating Research on Individuals of Color
Estrategias para Implementar y Diseminar la Investigación en Individuos de Color

"Many studies have examined the impact of culture on the development of eating disorder symptoms. While much research ha...
05/06/2019
A Cultural Epidemic: Body Dissatisfaction in Asian American Women

"Many studies have examined the impact of culture on the development of eating disorder symptoms. While much research has been completed on the impact of the American “thin ideal,” for Asian American women, it appears that the true complications arise in the space between cultures, in the clash of ideals that exist between identities."

The Body Dissatisfaction in Asian American Women and the prevalence of eating disorder symptomatology is believed to be higher than other ethnic groups.

Fasting, of course, is not synonymous with anorexia. Nor is it necessarily problematic. However, as Dr Allison Chase, an...
05/05/2019
Extreme fasting: how Silicon Valley is rebranding eating disorders

Fasting, of course, is not synonymous with anorexia. Nor is it necessarily problematic. However, as Dr Allison Chase, an eating disorder specialist, tells me over email, “any eating behaviors that involve restriction or rigid rules is concerning” and can be a precursor to diagnosable eating disorders.

The obsession with fasting overlaps with a trend for what is often termed ‘biohacking’ – the idea that your body is a system that can be quantified and optimized

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05/04/2019

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"Like exposure therapies to treat anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, mirror exposure is designed to reduce distr...
05/02/2019
How a Mirror Can Help People Who Hate Their Bodies

"Like exposure therapies to treat anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, mirror exposure is designed to reduce distress by leading sufferers to confront the thing that is causing their negative emotions."

Talking with a therapist in front of a mirror can help patients work through their emotions and gain new perspective.

Findings from a recent study suggests that among eating disorder patients, high level of anxiety is associated with havi...
05/02/2019
Anxiety and depressive symptoms are related to core symptoms, general health outcome, and medical comorbidities in eating disorders - Martín - - European Eating Disorders Review - Wiley Online Library

Findings from a recent study suggests that among eating disorder patients, high level of anxiety is associated with having a restrictive ED subtype as compared with purgative and binge ED subtypes. A high level of depression was associated with older age.

RESEARCH ARTICLE Anxiety and depressive symptoms are related to core symptoms, general health outcome, and medical comorbidities in eating disorders Josune Martín Corresponding Author E-mail address: [email protected] https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5281-4426 Research Unit, Galdakao‐...

"The objective of the current study was to identify how FBT practitioners applied FBT for atypical AN for adolescents in...
05/02/2019
Stay the course: practitioner reflections on implementing family-based treatment with adolescents with atypical anorexia

"The objective of the current study was to identify how FBT practitioners applied FBT for atypical AN for adolescents in their clinical practice, and if there were any implementation challenges and adaptations to the model for this population."

Atypical anorexia nervosa (AN) has received minimal empirical attention regarding effective diagnosis and treatment. Family-based treatment (FBT) might be a promising treatment for atypical AN, yet it is unclear as to what adaptations are needed to the current manualized FBT for AN model. The object...

Bariatric surgery is often recommended for patients with larger bodies. A large body size, referred to in the medical wo...
05/01/2019
Eating Disorders Before and After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is often recommended for patients with larger bodies. A large body size, referred to in the medical world as obesity, is not the same as an eating disorder. Yet, there is an intersection. A considerable number of people considering bariatric surgery may have an eating disorder. An existing eating disorder can make the outcome of bariatric surgery worse. Furthermore, the surgery itself may create conditions that cause or mimic eating disorders or disordered eating.

Eating disorders can negatively impact the outcome of bariatric surgery and also can develop after surgery. Learn more about complications and treatment.

"The objective of the current study was to identify how FBT practitioners applied FBT for atypical AN for adolescents in...
04/29/2019
Stay the course: practitioner reflections on implementing family-based treatment with adolescents with atypical anorexia

"The objective of the current study was to identify how FBT practitioners applied FBT for atypical AN for adolescents in their clinical practice, and if there were any implementation challenges and adaptations to the model for this population."

Atypical anorexia nervosa (AN) has received minimal empirical attention regarding effective diagnosis and treatment. Family-based treatment (FBT) might be a promising treatment for atypical AN, yet it is unclear as to what adaptations are needed to the current manualized FBT for AN model. The object...

"One of the most constructive ways to navigate recovery from an eating disorder is the simple understanding that you’r...
04/29/2019
Best Eating Disorder Blogs of 2019

"One of the most constructive ways to navigate recovery from an eating disorder is the simple understanding that you’re not alone. Healthcare professionals, loved ones, and the camaraderie of those who have gone through the same struggles can truly make all the difference."

Disordered eating is so often misunderstood, stigmatized, or simply not talked about. If you’re trying to overcome an eating disorder, or love someone who is, visit these blogs to find the community you’re looking for. They offer expert advice, first-person accounts, and a road to recovery.

04/28/2019
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