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Eating disorders can mask autism in girls

There has been increasing awareness recently that many girls on the autism spectrum are overlooked until much later in life, which can be the source of confusion and distress for the girls themselves and those who care for them. The reason behind this has been rightfully attributed to girls with autism presenting differently to a [...]

By |2019-06-24T12:02:09+10:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: ASD, Eating Disorders|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Getting teens to follow strict diets in the Fast Track trial is risky, but so is obesity itself

The Fast Track to Health study is a year-long dietary trial in adolescents with obesity. Since it started in Sydney and Melbourne at the end of 2018, it has been criticised for increasing the risk of eating disorders in people who may be especially vulnerable to these conditions. Sydney-based clinical psychologist Louise Adams started up [...]

First Report of Its Kind Reveals Childhood Eating Disorders more Common than Thought

Mental health disorders may onset early in life, meaning that parents and healthcare professionals need to be able to recognize the signs and intervene appropriately. And as any epidemiologist will tell you, one of the first steps of understanding an illness or condition – and how to best treat it – is to determine how [...]

Jameela Jamil on why Airbrushing Should Be Illegal

The actress Jameela Jamil, best known for her role in US TV series The Good Place, says airbrushing is a crime against women and should be illegal. She's one of this year's BBC 100 Women and has also started @i_weigh - a social media initiative designed for people to share what makes them unique and [...]

Orthorexia Nervosa: The ‘New’ Disorder Blamed on Social Media

No dairy, no gluten, no meat and no sugar. In fact, Ashlee Thomas would allow herself so little food, her parents were forced to do the unthinkable. Force feed their daughter, with a tube, all because she refused to eat. Appearing on Channel 9’s 60 Minutes program on Sunday, the teenager revealed she became so [...]

By |2018-11-05T17:52:28+10:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Eating Disorders|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How ‘Love Island’ Puts Teenage Girls at Risk

In an interview earlier this month, the stars of BBC drama series, Age Before Beauty, criticised programs such as Love island for promoting unrealistic beauty expectations and plastic surgery among younger people. One of the stars of the show, Lisa Riley, expressed concerns that reality TV risked being "treacherous" to young people over body image. [...]

6 Things a Psychologist Wants You to Know About Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are difficult to diagnose and have the highest death rate of all mental disorders. According to Eating Disorder Hope, eating disorders do not discriminate. These disorders are complex mental afflictions that can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex or race. While this is true, globally there is a high prevalence of eating disorders among young children [...]

By |2018-06-18T17:38:51+10:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Eating Disorders|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Talking to Teens About Body Image and Healthy Eating

“Are you sure you want to eat that?” For many teens, adolescence is a period marked by self-consciousness about body image, and it can be daunting for parents to find the right words to say when talking to teens about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true in cases where kids are struggling with [...]

Experts Encourage Exercise to Protect Against Depression

What’s your one hour a week? The Black Dog Institute is challenging Australians to complete at least one hour of physical activity a week to help improve their physical and mental health as part of ‘Exercise Your Mood’ week, until May 6, 2018. The campaign follows a recent study led by the Black Dog Institute [...]

Petition on ‘Dangerous’ Cosmetic Surgery Kids Apps

At first glance they look innocent enough. But most parents don’t realise these common apps are seriously damaging our kids. Children as young as three are being taught to critique their own bodies and appearance through “dangerous” cosmetic surgery apps, experts have warned. A range of these games can be found on various app stores, [...]