Resources 2018-07-12T11:15:09+00:00

Resources

On this page, you will find eating disorder resources for family members, healthcare professionals, educators and coaches.

Parents & Loved Ones

There probably is nothing worse than watching your loved one suffer with an eating disorder and feeling completely powerless. If there was a way for you to take their suffering and bear it yourself, you would, in a heartbeat. It’s common to feel overwhelmed, angry, scared, helpless, confused, blamed, marginalized, defensive, frustrated, panicked and a million other things when an eating disorder shows up in your family.

First of all, it’s really important to remember: you didn’t cause this. Eating disorders are complex illnesses, with many factors that contribute to their manifestation. Research is showing there are considerable genetic and neurological factors involved.

Secondly, you will need to educate yourself and find supports for YOU. The more you understand eating disorders, the better you will be able to support your loved one’s recovery. Reach out to EDSNA, join one of our support groups, set up time for your own well-being, do things that bring you joy.

Thirdly, recognize that you have a critical role to play in their recovery. This doesn’t mean you can FIX it or MAKE IT GO AWAY, but you can be a consistent and gentle guide, helping them stay on track, comforting, listening, setting safe boundaries and being their lighthouse of hope when despair creeps in. Research shows that parents play an essential part in recovery and that for youth and children family-based therapy is the most effective approach.

Finally, remember that recovery is possible. There are probably more recovered people around you than you know. Sadly, many don’t share their story, so we don’t often hear about the happy, healthy lives that are being led after eating disorders. Clara Hughes, Sophie Trudeau and other prominent figures are slowly emerging to give a new perspective on eating disorders. Believe your loved one can be one of those people who successfully recover!

You may want to learn more about eating disorders, or encourage your loved one to attend a support group or attend one yourself. You may want to learn more about treatment options or perhaps you want to connect directly with our EDSNA staff to ask a specific question. Or maybe you want to support EDSNA’s efforts to raise awareness, dispel stigma by booking a presentation, ensure more resources are available by donating or give your time through volunteering.

Whatever steps you need to take to support your loved one’s recovery, EDSNA is here to help.

Edmonton: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Mobile Response Team
Services by the Mobile Response Team include:

  • provide a risk assessment of the child/youth and the environment
  • assist child/youth and their caregivers to develop a safety plan
  • provide support and education to caregivers about mental health concerns and behavioral challenges.
  • arrange a referral to other services as needed.

Calgary: Access Mental Health
Clinicians help people navigate the addiction and mental health system, in the Calgary Zone. They are familiar with both Alberta Health Services and community based programs and will explore options and direct/refer clients to the most appropriate resource to meet their needs. Access Mental Health is a non-urgent service.  Anyone is invited to call for information and options for addiction and mental health services.

EDSNA’s Checklist Guide to take in for visits with your family doctor helps you guide the conversation & ensure a thorough assessment is done. Most treatment facilities require a referral from a doctor, so this is an important step.

For information on treatment options in Alberta, please visit this page.

EDSNA’s Support groups for parents, partners and loved ones.

Body and Soul Counselling offers expressive arts groups for children and youth around positive body image and other topics. Contact Michelle Buckle, RPsych for more info: Phone (780) 757-8255. Email: bodyandsoulcounselling@gmail.com.

Family Support Specialists: They provide help with accommodations, advice, support, advocacy and more.

​​Good article on stresses of parenting a child with an eating disorder and ways treatment teams can support.

NEDA toolkit for Parents

Understanding Starts Here brochure:  great pamphlet to help other family members understand eating disorders.

A website set up just for parents of kids with eating disorders: https://more-love.org/

Series of podcasts on Eating Disorders, ED Matters: The Gurze/Salucore podcast airing once a week where we interview the top experts in the field of eating disorders, sharing information for individuals recovering from eating disorders, their loved ones, clinicians in the field, and other individuals, professional or otherwise seeking to learn about eating disorders. Healthy conversations about eating disorders.

Excellent podcast from expert from Dr. Erin ParksSan Diego Eating Disorder Centre explaining the types of eating disorders (including ARFID and Orthorexia), inherited psychological traits common to those with eating disorders, impact of culture, neurology of eating disorders, risk and reward pathways, how fMRI tests work, intense emotions, difficulty regulating powerful emotions.

A wonderful podcast interview with a mother who successfully helped her daughter battle anorexia and is now a strong advocate.

A website that provides information on self-injury or cutting.

Book of Hope, Stories of love, courage and recovery from families who have battled eating disorders by Sue Huff (EDSNA’s former Executive Director). Stories from people in Alberta who have recovered!

ED says U Said- Eating Disorder Translator: This book aims to improve communication between someone with an eating disorder and their friends and family by revealing the eating disorder mind set and decoding language choices

Empowering article by author, parent and eating disorder activist, Joe Kelly: Eating Disorders and Parenting

For further reading, refer to the media library on this page.

video for parents about meal support strategies.

video talking about meal support for parents of children who have a restrictice eating disorder, like anorexia and are stuck.

video about supporting Youth with Bulimia Nervosa- helpful strategies for families.

Family Eating Disorders Manual: A very comprehensive workbook for parents on Family-Based Therapy. Some call this the best workbook they’ve ever seen. Developed by Dr. Laura Hill who is featured on our Videos page and below.

Dr. O’Toole’s ability to put research into practical and applied messaging for parents in great.

Around the Dinner Table (a FEAST forum): a chance to connect with other families and learn from each other.

Parents Thrive to Survive Guide from BC, A resource guide for parents of a child with an eating disorder. Written by parents with lived experience.

A few books that we recommend:

A great template to help your child write a letter to the eating disorder. Created by Kids Help 

How to Become your Child’s Emotion Coach– helping your child process and regulate emotions in a healthy way. More information on this can be found at this website or at this website

Mental Health SOS guide: a helpful resource developed in the UK, which covers panic attacks, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and other scenarios and provides practical tips on how to help and what to say or do.

Adult Eating Disorder Recovery provides online meal support, 24/7 text message support, pro-recovery forums for adults with ED, and a number of free resources including a book on how to support an adult with an eating disorder.

Self Help Guide developed by healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom that can help the person with the eating disorder start to understand their illness and assess their readiness for change.

From Thrive to Survive. From BC, A resource for people recovering from an eating disorder,  written by those with a lived experience.

Series of online modules and workbooks developed by the Centre for Clinical Interventions to help with issues such as overcoming disordered eating (Part A and Part B),  depression, building body acceptancefacing your feelingsimproving self esteem, coping with panic attacksovercoming perfectionismsocial anxiety and worry.  Parents may want to discuss these with their child’s clinician or discuss ways the modules might be helpful.

If your loved one is having difficulty finding employment, there is a free service that can help: G4U Employment Promotional FLYER – June 6, 2017

For families and individuals affected by eating disorders, the holidays can be extremely stressful. Everywhere you turn there is food, food and more food. Every holiday gathering seems to involve food and the expectation to eat “like everyone else” is intense.

Extended family may say things that are extremely triggering and loved ones may yearn for “just one day” that isn’t focused on the eating disorder. High expectations and the hope of a Hallmark version of the holidays set everyone up to fail. Shame and intense pressure to measure up can trigger a downward spiral.

​In short, the holidays can be a complete gong show for families affected by eating disorders.

So, how can we re-write this holiday narrative?

STEP ONE

Acknowledge the eating disorder exists, that it’s real, and that it’s not a choice. Like other serious illnesses, it can’t be postponed or put off for one day, or one week or one holiday season. You wouldn’t ask someone with cancer to change their diagnosis for the holidays, so it’s unrealistic and unfair to expect someone to stop having their eating disorder “just for one day”.

STEP TWO

Develop a plan as a family (or as a couple or as friends) to deal with the illness over the holidays. What days/events/meals are the likely to be the most challenging? What plans can be adapted, changed, modified or avoided to reduce the likelihood of exacerbating the illness? How can we make this holiday season more focused on being together and less focused on food?

STEP THREE

If you are the person with an eating disorder, review NEDIC’s suggestions on strategies for coping with the holidays. You may want to put some extra supports in place in anticipation of the season. As well, this article also has some excellent suggestions of way to prepare for the holidays. If you are the person hosting a meal which will include someone with an eating disorder, you may find this article helpful.

STEP FOUR

We understand that disclosing about an eating disorder is difficult, but eating disorders thrive on secrecy. That’s why we suggest, in advance of the holidays, that you inform other members of the family of the illness. If Aunt Bertha and Grandpa are completely in the dark about eating disorders, educate them. Give them concrete examples of what to say and what not to say. Dispel any myths or misunderstandings they may have about eating disorders. (Resources included below)

STEP FIVE

Develop a Back Up Plan. Even with the best-laid plans, unexpected situations may arise. It’s a good idea to have an exit strategy to allow the person with the eating disorder a safe way to de-escalate or manage the symptoms. You may want to establish a private signal that the person with the eating disorder can give which lets you know they are experiencing a lot of distress so that you can support the back up plan kicking into action. Knowing this safety net exists can be very comforting for everyone involved.

STEP SIX

Start new traditions. What events or activities can you add to focus the holidays on the joy of being together without including food? Can you go for a walk to look at the Christmas lights? Attend a Christmas concert? Have a snowball fight, go skating or tobogganing? Help a senior decorate their house with Christmas lights? Drop off clothing for a women’s shelter? Make paper snowflakes with children? Have a scrap-booking night or puzzle night or game night or home-movie night? There are many ways to show and share love that have nothing to do with food. Choosing to add these to your family tradition can be a tangible way to support your loved one with an eating disorder and show that you “get it.”

STEP SEVEN

Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Review this document on ten steps to build self-esteem. Whether you are the person with the eating disorder or the loved one who is supporting them, remember this season is all about love and love starts with you taking care of yourself.

Siblings are also very affected by eating disorders. The fact sheet was created by an eating disorder association in Australia to explore the feelings of the “well sibling”. Sometimes, we wonder what to say, or not to say. Click here to read a document developed by nurses who specialize in eating disorders.

Healthcare Professionals

To assist healthcare professionals, many of whom have little training in eating disorders, EDSNA has compiled peer-reviewed research articles, assessment tools, treatment guidelines, videos and more. If you know of other resources that should be included on this page, please feel free to contact “info@EDSNA.ca”. As well, please check our calendar for upcoming training opportunities.

AHS Poster: Physician’s Guide to Eating Disorders

Professionals within Alberta who wish to consult on eating disorder topics, available services, how to make a referral to the program, and general treatment recommendations may contact the Program Consultant at the Calgary Eating Disorder Program, Meisha Kolbuc:  403-955-8715 Email: meisha.kolbuc@albertahealthservices.ca.

Multi Resource List for Eating Disorder Supports, Services, Sites and Research compiled by AHS librarian at Red Deer Regional Hospital (NOTE: Treatment options are southern Alberta-specific)

Training opportunity: November 24, 2017. 9 am- noon. The Calgary Eating Disorder Program is offering a half-day workshop on eating disorders for healthcare professionals which will be shared via a Telehealth Link in the Dvorkin Lounge, Walter McKenzie Health Center, University of Alberta Hospital. There is no charge, but people need to register by completing this form: https://edsna.wufoo.eu/build/calgary-eating-disorder-program-halfday-workshop/

Training opportunity: Self Harm Workshop, Lethbridge, November 15, 2017

Doctors may wish to read this excellent article by Dr. Angela Guarda, Director, Eating Disorders Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, entitled, “What All Medical Professionals Should Know about Eating Disorders.

Series of podcasts on Eating Disorders, ED Matters: The Gurze/Salucore podcast airing once a week where we interview the top experts in the field of eating disorders, sharing information for individuals recovering from eating disorders, their loved ones, clinicians in the field, and other individuals, professional or otherwise seeking to learn about eating disorders. Healthy conversations about eating disorders.

A great overview provided by Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute , one-hour tutorial webinar that covers many aspects of eating disorders.

Peer Reviewed Research Studies on Eating Disorders, taken from International Eating Disorder Action Website.​ We have provided brief summaries of each research study. Link

EDSNA’s Executive Director, Sue Huff presentation on eating disorders as part of the Children’s Mental Health Learning Series can be found here.

Neurocognitive features of eating disorders presented by Dr. Kara Fitzpatrick. A three-part video series: part 1   |   part 2   |   part 3

Dear Doctor, Your Patient has an Eating Disorder.  Clinical, research-based & detailed article on signs that may show up in your office & how to arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

Here is an Article on ARFID urging pediatricians to be on the lookout for this eating disorder among children. As well, EDSNA has compiled a number of other articles on this in the Facts section.

The Role of the Pediatrician in Family-Based Treatment for Adolescent Eating Disorders: Opportunities and Challenges: peer-reviewed article from the Journal of Adolescent Health.

EDSNA’s Guide to enable better conversations between parents and family doctors. Although it is written from a parent’s perspective, it may provide useful information to develop a checklist for doctors. ​

Comprehensive list of resources for clinicians, assembled by CEED- Centre for Excellence in Eating Disorders (UK).​  Includes: Best Practice Guidelines, Medical Risk Management, Screening Tools, Assessment, Adolescent/Youth, Treatment, Recovery Planning, Physical Activity, and more.

SCOFF Questionnaire. A simple 5-question test used to screening for Anorexia and Bulimia, developed by UK doctors.

The Academy of Eating Disorders has developed a guide to early recognition and medical risk management in the care of individuals with eating disorders. It can be found  (in several different languages) HERE.

Quality of Life Questionnaire, from Eating Disorders Nova Scotia. This survey can help determine the degree to which an ED is impacting quality of life.

Ready for Change Measurement, from Eating Disorders Nova Scotia. This survey is a non-judgmental way to assess if the person is Pre-contemplative, Contemplative, Prepared, Taking Action, Maintaining or Recovered.

This Self-Help Guide, developed in the UK, also helps patients walk through the steps to consider change.

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has developed a handout for dental hygienists and dentists. It outlines the dental complications of eating disorders, effects on teeth and gums and gives a step by step guide to start the conversation with a patient.

Research study is now recruiting service providers working with children and adolescents with eating disorders to participate in a study to identify what treatment models are being used in tertiary care settings, community based organizations and in private practice.  The hope is that we will be able to identify potential knowledge gaps and training needs of service providers who work with young people with eating disorders and their families in Alberta.

For more info, contact Gina Dimitropoulos at the University of Calgary.

The Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders is generally regarded as the gold standard for the medical treatment of eating disorders. It is made available through the American Psychiatric Association website.

Exercise in Eating Disorders Treatment: Systematic Review and Proposal of Guidelines

Effective Medical Treatment to help cessation of purging behaviours 

This article in Canadian Nurse (March 2015) relates the experience of Canada’s only two certified eating disorder registered nurses. (Article can be found on pg. 14 of PDF, pg 12 of the article) We have reprinted the useful handout  these nurses created on language that helps and hinders recovery from an eating disorder.

Educators

Teachers may be the first to notice the signs of disordered eating, poor body image, perfectionism, self-harm or compulsive exercising in their students. They may wonder what to do, where to turn, what to say, when to say it and who to consult. EDSNA is here to help.

Research shows that talking directly to students about eating disorders may increase the incidence. Having a speaker with a lived experience present to your students is NOT recommended, unless that speaker has been trained to be very selective about what they share and gear the presentation to talking about positive body image, media literacy, emotional regulation and avoid talking about the symptoms and behaviours, extreme weight loss, etc. Without this training, well-meaning speakers may actually provide tips on how to have an eating disorder and inadvertently glamourize the illness.

  • They are a serious illness. Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
  • It isn’t your job to fix it or assume control of their food intake. That is the job of professionals who specialize in the treatment of eating disorders.
  • Eating Disorders aren’t a phase, they don’t go away if you ignore them.
  • Early intervention leads to better outcomes, so it’s important to respond sooner rather than later.
  • Even after treatment, the process isn’t done. Recovery takes, on average 7 years, so those affected will need support, encouragement, accommodations and compassion when they return to school.
  • School culture can influence the recovery process. It’s important to be aware of the messages being sent and try to see things through the eyes of someone with this illness. Eating in a crowded cafeteria may be impossible. Diet challenges or activities around food may be triggering. Posters that only support the thin ideal don’t emphasize health at any size and body acceptance.
  • Recovery is possible and young people who have early, appropriate treatment have the best recovery rates.

Request an eating disorder presentation (for adults only) from EDSNA by filling out the form on this page.

This is an excellent, free toolkit for educators, developed by the National Eating Disorder Association the USA.

Free Body Image Curriculum, developed by the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) of Canada. This has 20 lessons and is set out for grades 4-8 and is absolutely FREE. They are currently updating it to include more about social media.

Informative webinar about using effective validation techniques in the classroom to quickly de-escalate high emotion. Very practical advice to help teachers with students with dysregulated  anxiety, anger, or overwhelming sadness: http://www.mentalhealthfoundations.ca/efss

Request an online presentation for adults or youth via NEDIC. Youth presentation focused on body image, self-esteem and media literacy. Adult presentation focuses on recognizing the signs of eating disorders and prevention.  http://nedic.ca/get-involved/request-presentation?platform=hootsuite

​Families facing eating disorders need support. Encourage parents, partners and loved ones to reach out to EDSNA and learn more about our support groups, which are available in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and online.

Series of podcasts on Eating Disorders, ED Matters: The Gurze/Salucore podcast airing once a week where we interview the top experts in the field of eating disorders, sharing information for individuals recovering from eating disorders, their loved ones, clinicians in the field, and other individuals, professional or otherwise seeking to learn about eating disorders. Healthy conversations about eating disorders.
Research paper on school counsellor’s role in helping students with eating disorders.

Coaches, Trainers and Fitness Instructors

Athletes (both males and females) are at a higher risk of developing an eating disorder than non-athletes. Studies show that approximately 20% of female athletes have eating disorders (compared to 5% of non-athletes). Rates are higher in aesthetic sports (gymnastics, figure skating), weight classes (rowing), and sports where a low body mass is seen as an advantage (cross-country or cycling).

Athletes who severely manipulate their dietary intake or engage in purging are at risk of cardiac arrhythmia. The mortality rate for eating disorders is the highest of any mental illness. So it’s critical that coaches, instructors and trainers be adequately trained to recognize the warning signs of eating disorders, understand the risks involved, use pre-screening tools and validated protocols to ensure the athlete is healthy enough to train, engage in conversations with their athletes when they have concerns, work cooperatively with treatment professionals and parents to support recovery and examine coaching language and materials to ensure the promotion of health and proper nutrition to support peak performance.

A Message for Fitness Professionals about Health at Every Size, includes info about metabolism & dangers of weight loss.

This page from a world leading Eating Disorder Treatment centre in San Diego outlines excellent information for coaches and trainers:
http://eatingdisorders.ucsd.edu/resources/athletics-resources.html

toolkit for coaches and trainers created by NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association).  This is a comprehensive resource from a very credible source. Highly recommended.

Athletes and Eating Disorders Resource Guide – Walden Behavioral Care

This article offers a very good background on the issue, full of facts, research, data and resources:
2016 Update on Eating Disorders in athletes: A comprehensive narrative review with a focus on clinical assessment and management
Some highlights from the article above:
  • Pre-participation Physical Examination (PPE)- developed by several US sports organizations has questions aimed at disordered eating behaviours and also looks at the consequences of eating disorders, including stress fractures, mood disturbance and substance abuse.

Mindful Movement and Recovery for Compulsive Over-Exercise

Hungry, hopeful and chasing a lie. ​Brutally honest article about long-distance runners and the risks they take by restricting in order to shave seconds off their time. Written by a professional runner.

Study from Norway on disordered eating among fitness instructors.

Media Library

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre
(NEDIC) is a Canadian non-profit organization founded in 1985 to provide information and resources on eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation.  One of their main goals is to inform the public about eating disorders and related issues.

The National Eating Disorders Association
(NEDA) is the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

NIED
National Initiative for Eating Disorders, CanadaAs a not-for-profit coalition of health care professionals, counsellors and parents with children suffering from Eating Disorders, NIED’s team aims to help bring about positive change in both the availability and quality of treatment of Eating Disorders in Canada.NIED is leading the work to develop a national strategy for eating disorders in Canada, regularly hosts free symposia and is the main advocacy group in Canada, working to make change at the political and policy level.

ANAD
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that seeks to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, especially including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
ANAD advocates for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors.

Anorexia and other eating disorders: How to help your child eat well and be well
Eva Musby uses her family’s story as the basis upon which to write a book that provides a practical guide for parents that brings to life the realities – good, bad, ugly, and beautiful – that are faced when helping a child recover from this terrible disorder.Her style is a mix of matter-of-fact statements of what worked and what didn’t, and admission of the limits of her know-how. The result is a highly readable volume that offers practical solutions for parents to consider when helping their own child to recover for anorexia nervosa.  Quoted from: James Lock, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of the Eating Disorder Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Author of many books and scientific articles including ‘Help Your Teenager Beat and Eating Disorder’.

B.EAT
Beat is a national charity based in the UK. We provide information, help and support to people affected by eating disorders.
Beat is a charity registered in England and Wales and Scotland. Beat is the identity of the Eating Disorders Association, and became our working name in February 2007. Beat’s aims are to change the way everyone thinks and talks about eating disorders, to improve the way services and treatment are provided, and to help anyone believe that their eating disorder can be beaten.

Body Positive
Body Positive is a website dedicated to boosting body image at any weight. There is information about projects dedicated to promoting positive body images, as well as the Health At Every Size movement. Many educational resources can be downloaded.

Eating Disorder Hope
Eating Disorder Hope’s mission is to offer hope, information and resources to individual eating disorder sufferers, their family members and treatment providers. The organization began with the help and advice of colleagues, professors, and other organizations specializing in eating disorders. Eating Disorder Hope was founded in January, 2005.

F.E.A.S.T.
F.E.A.S.T.(Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) is an international organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorder.

Jessie’s HopeJessie’s Hope is a non-profit organization which has been educating, supporting and advocating for services around the issue of eating disorders in the province of British Columbia since 1985.  Their new focus is on prevention of eating disorders and other weight disturbance issues.  Prevention resources can be downloaded.

The Looking Glass Foundation
“We are passionate and dedicated individuals who came together to create a community of support – because we too have been touched by the effects of eating disorders and know that together, we can get to the other side of eating disorders.” The Looking Glass Foundation provides numerous and varied forms of support to individuals who are dealing with eating disorders and their loved ones, two of which are: weekly facilitated online forum for those dealing with eating disorders as well as their friends and loved ones, summer camps for young individuals who are affected by eating disorders.

Maudsley Parents
The website is hosted by a volunteer organization of parents who have helped our children recover from anorexia and bulimia through the use of Family-Based Treatment, also known as the Maudsley approach, an evidence-based therapy for eating disorders.

Medline Plus
This portal contains information about ED, including links to overviews, news and information about prevention, screening, diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and coping.

Mirror – Mirror
Today, our mission is to providing information, education, and support to the community, including people dealing with eating disorders themselves and loved ones that want to support friends or family members with eating disorders. We also want to help parents, educators, and other adults that work with children and adolescents to be more aware of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, so they can provide early intervention when needed.

Sheena’s Place
Sheena’s Place, located in downtown Toronto, is a center offering group support for individuals struggling with Eating Disorders, as well as support for family, friends, and partners who have a loved one struggling with an Eating Disorder. Sheena’s Place has been a great source for information however they have recently updated their webpage and much of their educational material is currently off line being revised but will be added again soon.

Something Fishy
This support site includes a chat room and listing of online support groups. It also features a monthly schedule of chat events, and interactive bulletin board and a treatment finder that can be browsed by state and country.

These resources are provided as information, and are intended for educational information only.
They are not meant to replace counselling or treatment services of a healthcare professional.

The following books were recommended by treatment professionals currently working in the field of eating disorders.
All the books are linked to Amazon, so that you can review the book and can purchase directly from the site if you wish, but many of these titles can be purchased from other sources as well. We have also created a list of recommended books available through Edmonton Public Library. Visit their site to see which titles they have on hand. These resources are provided as information, and are intended for educational information only. They are not meant to replace counselling services of a professional.

Funded and produced by EDSNA and Silver Linings Foundation, this video provides information for families on how to navigate the system and find help for a loved one. A PDF to accompany the video can be found here.
Dr. Hill examines anorexia, a biologically-based brain illness. Her approach is to treat food as medicine: pre-planned, pre-dosed, and prescribed. Dr. Hill draws parallels between diabetes and anorexia.
Supporting Youth with Bulimia Nervosa: Helpful approaches for families.
This video provides useful tips about meal planning, providing support during and after a meal, and other strategies to help families. Real families are interviewed and scenarios are presented to help everyone understand how to get through meals together.
Interview on NBC News about eating disorders: Chuck Scarbourgh with Johanna Kandel, author of ‘Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder.’

These resources are provided as information, and are intended for educational information only.
They are not meant to replace counselling services of a professional. 

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