4 Things You Can Do to Act as an Eating Disorder Advocate By: Stephani Fenkanyn, Health Educator at BANA ______________________________________________________________________________ Based on available data from 2016, it is estimated that over 1 million Canadians have a diagnosable eating disorder (4). However, based on global data of individuals affected, it is estimated that 2.7 million
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4 Ways to Stay Encouraged Throughout Recovery By: Stephani Fenkanyn, Health Educator at BANA ______________________________________________________________________________ The journey of healing from an eating disorder has its ups and downs. No experience is the same, and it’s important to acknowledge that it will look different for everyone. However, one thing we know that is true for
5 Things You Can Do to Begin Loving Your Body More By: Stephani Fenkanyn, Health Educator at BANA ______________________________________________________________________________ We hear it often: “Love yourself! Love your body! Be You!” But, do you sometimes come away from one saying these statements thinking: “Ok, but how? How do I cultivate this appreciation for my body?”
Fat Shaming: Problem or Solution? by Sara Dalrymple, RSW MSW BA Psych., BANA Clinical Therapist ____________________________________________________ Body shaming is the act of criticizing one’s overall body-appearance; more specifically, fat shaming is to criticize one’s weight/shape for being above-average, and for not meeting societal standards of a “beautiful weight”. Often this is done through passive
Facing Your Fears: Gradual Exposure by Sara Dalrymple, RSW MSW BA Psych., BANA Clinical Therapist ____________________________________________________ Throughout the decades of research on psychological techniques, one method for challenging anxiety that has shown to be effective and reliable is exposure. Very simply put, exposure is a means of facing your fears in a way that
You Mean Men Have Eating Disorders Too?By Patrick Kelly, BANA Communications and Office Administrator____________________________________________________One of the greatest myths in Eating Disorders is that only women are affected. This common misconception can lead to boys and men arriving to treatment later on in the development of the disorder.Historically, males with eating disorders have not received attention
Answers To Your Top 5 Questions By: Dana Dupuis, BANA Clinical Intake Worker _____________________________________________________________________________ *The following article is based off of BANAs clinical experience working with family and clients. We also included information from the Academy of Eating Disorders* If you are reading this you are more than likely supporting a loved one or
Digestive Issues & Eating Disorders: How to ease discomfort without obsessing By: Stephani Fenkanyn, Health Educator at BANA ______________________________________________________________________________ For many eating disorder (ED) clients, digestive difficulties are, unfortunately, something that they are dealing with in parallel with their eating disorder. In one study of ED clients, 90% reported abdominal distention and more than
Unhealthy vs. Healthy Exercise By: Justine Van Herk Faculty Human Kinetics Master’s Student, University of Windsor ______________________________________________________________________________ Exercise is most often thought of as a healthy habit and associated with many mental and physical benefits. However, too much of anything can be harmful. This is why it is important to set boundaries and
Man Up – Finding Strength in Mental Illness By: Patrick Kelly, Communications and Office Administrator at BANA ______________________________________________________________________________ Mental illness is not a sign of weakness. It’s a legitimate, genuine and common medical issue, and everyone who suffers should feel comfortable seeking help. While both women and men share many of the same experiences