Eating disorders are mental illnesses causing serious disturbances in eating behaviours. Below you will find resources to help you better understand this topic.
You can contact the partners below to get more information and assistance.
ACCESS Mental Health
ACCESS Mental Health 403-943-1500 (extension 1 for child and adolescent services)
Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders is a website designed for families to support and be supported during the treatment of a loved one. There is information on this site provided about both Eating Disorders and their treatment. Additionally, anyone can sign up for free membership to post on the support forum.
The mission of NEDA is to support "individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care." Their website is equipped with 'stories of hope' written by recovering/recovered individuals, a family forum, and information addressing many ED aspects.
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) aims to increase public awareness about Eating Disorders and related issues.
MyHealthAlberta has provided a detailed summary of Eating Disorders. Use the search bar to find information on 'Anorexia Nervosa', 'Bulimia Nervosa', 'Binge Eating Disorder', or 'Eating Disorders' in general.
Kidshealth.org has a wealth of information about Eating Disorders written for kids, teens, and parents. Search 'Eating Disorder' to be taken to many relevant and easy to understand articles.
You can download, print, and share these lists:
- Whose Lives are Affected by an Eating Disorder (2014)
- Recognizing and Preventing Eating Disorders (2014)
Challenging the assumption that anorexia is an exclusively female affliction, this compelling memoir is the first to describe how a young man overcame this often fatal disorder.
Author Jenni Schaefer shares her personal experiences with an Eating Disorder and how she learned to treat her eating disorder as a relationship, not a condition. By thinking of her eating disorder as a unique personality separate from her own, Jenni was able to break up with Ed once and for all.
This book relates that recovering is not just about breaking free from destructive behaviours with food and having a healthy relationship with your
This practical guide shows parents how to help their children maintain body esteem and make healthy choices a routine part of their lives.
Two mice use their diets to cope with stress in different ways in this story that addresses the complex problem of eating disorders.
Aimed at parents, this book offers guidance on how to discuss weight and eating habits with children as well as describing the warning signs to help parents detect the severity of an impending problem.
Using scientific research and clinical experience, Satter demonstrates how parents can help their children eat the right amounts.
This upbeat and insightful book is packed with great ideas that will help kids everywhere feel better about their looks and make healthier choices about eating and exercise.
Combining medical information, case studies, and exercises this book aids parents in recognizing and responding to the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder.
Whatever aspect of your child's eating behaviour is causing you concern, this book will help you understand some of the more common reasons why problems arise, how to identify a complete range of eating difficulties, how to approach specific problems, and where to seek help and treatment.
This book demonstrates how parental involvement in the treatment of an eating disorder benefits the struggling child and provides the tools you need to ensure that your child develops nourishing eating habits and life-sustaining attitudes.
Thank you to our friends at the Calgary Eating Disorder Clinic for their contributions
This material is designed for information purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please contact your doctor or appropriate health care professional.
For more information contact the Child Health Information Specialist at 403-955-7745 or firstname.lastname@example.org