An enormous amount of written and visual information on eating disorders and related issues exists. NEDIC has listed some helpful sources of information here as a place to begin your personal search. We encourage you to be a critical consumer of information and to screen for the most helpful material for your situation.
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Growing up in a Weighted World: Helping Youth Navigate Size Bias and Health Myths
Studies show that children and youth are particularly vulnerable to developing negative body-image and unhealthy relationships with food after being teased or judged about their weight and appearance. At a time when kids are increasingly anxious about appearances and fitting in, it's more important than ever to have open conversations to support their healthy and happy development. In this live panel discussion, presented by NEDIC and the Ontario Health At Every Size (HAES) Network, we heard from a mother, a teacher, a registered dietician and a fitness instructor. They weighed in on how best to support positive body-image in youth while breaking down myths about health, weight, and physical development. Technical difficulties caused the webinar recording to begin about 30 minutes into the presentation, but the remainder of the event was captured. An audio recording of the full event was also captured, which you can obtain via dropbox.
The Best of Two Worlds: Integrating Emotion-Focused Family Therapy & the New Maudsley Approach
Our June 5th, 2014 webinar gave an overview of the integration of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy and the New Maudsley Approach, offering a novel approach to eating disorder recovery and to the role of families in that recovery. Dr. Robinson and Dr. Dolhanty outlined the ways in which the two models are similar, and the unique contributions that each has brought to the integration. Clinicians viewing this webinar learned to utilize new ways of involving the families of those living with eating disorders as critical partners in care, helping families to replace the therapist in many if not all of the tasks involved in facilitating their loved one’s recovery, regardless of the age of the individual afflicted. View the webinar recording and download the presentations slides.
Clinical Implications of Eating Disorders in Women with Physical Disabilities
When most people think about women struggling with eating disorders, women with physical disabilities are rarely considered, despite the fact that studies and clinical observations have suggested that women with physical disabilities are actually at increased risk for developing an eating disorder. This lack of awareness has had significant implications in that there has been limited research and clinical information on how to best prevent and treat these issues. This webinar discusses the role of physical disability in the development, maintenance, and treatment of disordered eating in women. Dr. Jennifer Mills and Kaley Roosen identify the severity of disordered eating within the population of women with physical disabilities, and discuss possible differences in how eating disorders manifest in this population. The talk concludes with specific suggestions for preventing and treating eating issues for women with physical disabilities based on a clinical case study of a woman with Cerebral Palsy and Anorexia Nervosa. View the webinar recording and the presentation slides.
Health At Every Size (HAES)®
Confused about what defines a healthy weight? Many of us are, given the bombardment of messages telling us that thinner bodies are healthier, more beautiful and are passports to success in all areas of our lives. These messages are partly driven by $65 BIILLION (and growing) diet industry and the public health messages about the "obesity epidemic". Despite more children, men and women than ever being on diets, we're not getting any thinner. Research evidence is mounting that in addition to being ineffective - with 95% of individuals who diet regaining the lost weight, and sometimes more - dieting can be harmful to overall health and wellbeing. Health At Every Size (HAES)® is an alternative paradigm to the traditional weight focused approach. On January 27, 2014, Kori Kostka discussed her experience using this non-weight biased paradigm to help individuals build a positive body image, enjoy food, and discover the pleasure of moving their body to attain a sustainable, life-affirming and health providing outcome. View the webinar recording.
Beyond Images: Healthier Body Image Experiences in Schools
Studies show that how we feel about our bodies affects how we do socially, academically and physically. Understanding how body image is impacted in the school environment is fundamental to building resilience and positive self-esteem. On Octber 23rd, 2013, Helen Vlachoyannacos explored school-based experiences of body image and how to build resilience and self-esteem in the whole school community. Helen addressed how to build community around body image issues among educators, parents, families and community members. View the webinar recording. Access the Beyond Images media literacy curriculum for grades 4-8.
Reshaping Male Body-Image: How the Fitness Industry can Help or Harm
A personal trainer who has recovered from an eating disorder, Jay Walker brings a unique perspective to his work in body-image and fitness. Jay brought his expertise to the NEDIC Body-Image and Self-Esteem 2013 conference as a panelist, is a regular contributor and coordinator for the NEDIC blog, andspoke publicly this year about his recovery for Bell Let's Talk Day on MuchMusic. Jay hopes to help people understand how the fitness industry can impact men's relationships with their bodies, challenging misconceptions about health and recovery along the way. Jay also hopes this webinar will help individuals in recovery, or those with a loved one dealing with an eating disorder. View the webinar recording from August 19, 2013.
Women on the Autism Spectrum and Eating Disorders: Implications for Treatment
Studies have shown that nearly one in three women with anorexia also meet criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Using her clinical experience and insights from women with ASD, Dori Zener will explore the fascinating overlap between women with anorexia and Autism Spectrum Disorder and discuss how the unique strengths and needs of this population can be used to transform treatment and possibly lead to greater eating disorder recovery outcomes. This webinar, supported by the Redpath Centre, originally aired on April 30, 2013. View the webinar.
Eating Disorders, Race and Gender
Jill Andrew addresses the growing skin bleaching trend as it relates to women's sense of their bodies in this webinar co-hosted by NEDIC and the Canadian Women Health Network (CWHN) on September 29, 2011. How does the practice complicate traditional assumptions about body image and eating problems? Using anti-racism and class analysis, she speculates on why the public health issue (as she calls it) of skin bleaching hasn't received the attention it deserves. Jill discusses the terms body 'image' and eating 'disorders' and explains why they are problematic, particularly when trying to learn from women of colour and other marginalized women about experiences with their bodies. For more resources on this topic and to obtain a copy of the presentation slides, please visit the CWHN website.
Motivation Interviewing: how does this innovative therapy help some women with Binge Eating Disorder?
Dr. Stephanie Cassin presented the findings of her research on the efficacy of Motivational Interviewing among individuals with Binge Eating Disorder in this live webinar for Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2011 on February 8, co-hosted by NEDIC and CWHN. Motivational interviewing is a non-confrontational psychotherapy approach designed to work with feelings of ambivalence that people might have about making behavioural changes. The therapist expresses empathy and supports the client's self-determination. Motivational interviewing aims to resolve ambivalence and increase self-efficacy, with the goal of promoting behavioural change. The approach was developed to treat people with addictions, but therapists saw that many symptoms overlapped with Binge Eating Disorder, a prevalent condition with few treatment options. On average, Motivational Interviewing is more effective in changing eating behaviours than in changing drug and alcohol use. Learn more about Motivational Interviewing as a technique for treating eating disorders on the CWHN website.
Casting Light - Media Representation of the Female Body
Co-hosted by NEDIC and CWHN, this informative webinar recorded on February 4, 2010 covers the impact of media imagery on girls and women. The particpants' discussion was moderated by Shari Graydon, award-winning author, media educator and critic. After viewing it, please share your thoughts.
No Numbers: Identity Beyond Measure
No Numbers tells the recovery stories of actress Dena Ashbaugh and filmaker Sonja Ruebsaat, sharing what worked to escape their struggles with anorexia and bulimia. Each story is unique, but the common thread is how creativity not only allows for a greater connection to self, but creates space outside of and away from the self-destructive practices of disordered eating. From these points of resistance, one can begin to find identity beyond measure; thus, the title of their film. Visit www.nonumbers.ca to learn more.
What to Expect? A Family Orientation to BC Children's Hospital Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit
From Kelty Mental Health, this YouTube video provides children, youth and their families and caregivers with an overview of the Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit at BC Children's Hospital. Catch a glimpse of the hospital facilities, daily routines and see what an inpatient stay in the unit is like.
DIETING: At War with our Bodies, Christie McNabb and Adam Finley
Released in conjunction with International No Diet Day 2006, this documentary gives voice to those who resist the notion that the human body, in all its variations, must concede to cultural or clinical ideals. It defies the dominant diet culture, suggesting that we reclaim health, not weight loss, as our lifestyle change goal, and let the fat fall where it may.
Reel Youth Claymation: Bulimia
Reel Youth promotes a journey into the process of creative collaboration and an opportunity for youth to speak up about issues that concern them in their lives, their community and the world. In this claymation video clip, a child, malnourished by words of hate, turns to bulimia.
Killing Us Softly, Jean Kilbourne, 1980
Using examples of ads from magazines, newspapers, album covers and billboards, Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., produced a concise and important analysis of a $40 billion a year industry that preys on the fears and insecurities of female consumers.
Still Killing Us Softly, Jean Kilbourne, 1987
In this sequel to the film Killing Us Softly, Jean Kilbourne, with her usual incisive wit and irony, continues to research advertising's ever-present assault on the self-images of women, men and children.
The Strength to Resist: Media's Impact on Girls and Women (previously titled Beyond Killing Us Softly), Jean Kilbourne, 2001
This video presents the ideas of girls and young women, as well as those of leading authorities (including Gloria Steinem) in the fields of psychology of women and girls, on the subjects of eating disorders, gender studies, violence against women, and media literacy.
Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obessession with Thinness, 1995
Jean Kilbourne (creator of the Killing Us Softly series) focuses her attention specifically on the media, body image and health. Her thesis, and the hundreds of examples she presents, leave little doubt that advertisers are preying on the fears and insecurities of women, especially young women, with the result that they are actually encouraging the development of bad nutrition and eating disorders.
Fat Chance, National Film Board of Canada, 1994
The first thing people notice about Rick Zakowich is his size. Creative therapist by day and blues singer by night, Rick's charisma and talent are undeniable, yet he remains fixed within the definition of a narrow label. The film began when Rick set out to change all that. But things didn't turn out as planned...instead of being a half-hour film about a 400-pound guy trying to lose 220 pounds, Fat Chance turned out to be a feature-length documentary about a 400-pound guy who hasn't lost weight but has gained self-confidence.
National Film Board of Canada
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, 1998
Newsweek says Reviving Ophelia offers parents and teenage girls "a way to resist the worst of the culture around them and substitute the best of themselves". Mary Pipher, author of the best-selling book of the same name, explains how corporate and marketing values, aimed at the seduction of adolescent females for their allowances, are supplanting family and even common-sense values.