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Tuesday
Apr242018

Highlights from the 2018 International Conference on Eating Disorders

This year marked the 25th Anniversary for the Academy of Eating Disorders' International Conference and it did not disappoint! This conference is one of my favorites of the year, not only because there are individuals from every continent representing different disciplines, but it's also a chance to connect with old and new colleagues, collaborate, and have fun. Here's just a few of many nuggets of information I wanted share:

1. Weight suppression (the difference between highest past weight and current weight) leads to longer duration of illness. (Here is one recent article.)

2. AED offers free educational webinars for its members. The next one is on "Treating Eating Disorders in Patients with Comorbid Substance Use Disorders" on 4/30/2018. Check it out!

3. Rebecka Peebles, MD will keep one honest and nudge you gently to do what one needs to do! (I can't help that I liked being at your World Café table!)

4. Stuart Murray, Ph.D., Scott Griffiths, and Jason Lavender, Ph.D. are where it's at for information on males and eating disorders.

5. S. Bryn Austin, ScD continues to rock the advocacy world and recommends these two books for getting more involved: So You Want to Make a Difference by Nancy Amidei and The Art of Lobbying by Bertram J. Levine.

6. Mary Bowman, MSN and Scout Bratt, MSE are doing great work to provide best practices for transgender and non-binary individuals experiencing eating disorders. Here are just a few resources they shared: Trans Student Educational Resources, Endocrine Society Transgender Health, UCSF's Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, and Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders.

7. I finally got to meet my sibling project collaborator, Kym Piekunka, in person and we made our first on the fly video!

8. I learned that there are few to no resources for those experiencing an eating disorder in Honduras and that Graziamaria Zacapa Sheran is setting up a family-based treatment center there.

9. There is a lot of work around weight stigma to address. One of the best quotes on this was from Amy Pershing, who said, "We are asking our clients to recover in and live in a world that is hostile to size diversity."

10. Columbia University's Eating Disorder Clinic offers a semi-structured invertivew to help assess DSM-5 feeding and eating disorders. You can find out more about it here.

11. There is a group of amzaing people working hard on establishing residential treatment standards. Find out more by visiting REDC's website.

12. There is also a lot of interesting work being done to explore intestinal microbiota and how it could impact mental health and recovery.

13. Kristina Saffran contnues to rock the fundraising and treatment access world - if you don't know her, I highly recommend learning more about her!

14. The Compassionate Mind Foundation in the UK has lots of free audio files to build up your compassion muslces.

15. Chase Bannister and Jillian Lampert, Ph.D. know how to hold a Town Hall! Check out all they are doing at the Eating Disorders Coalition!

16. Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, MS led a solid workshop on diversity and gridlock! Along with Eric van Furth, Ph.D., Carolyn Black Becker, Ph.D., FAED, and Carolyn Costin, MA, LMFT, she guided the participants in a World Café experience to choose statements we could come to a consenus on. Here are the results:

17. Erin Harrop and Rachel Milner are the new Weight Stigma and Social Justice Co-chairs. If you are a member of AED, I encourage you to join this Special Interest Group (SIG) to learn more. Here is one article Nadia Craddock Ed.M. shared with the group: Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.

18. There is always too much to do, so much to see, and way too many people to connect with. Check the hashtag #ICED2018 for things you might have missed!

19. I also loved being a part of FEAST's Knowledge Forum the day after ICED and am grateful to have co-led a discussion on sibling needs with Kym Piekiunka. Here are two resources for siblings of those experiencing eating disorders: http://www.kymadvocates.com/ & http://edfnl.ca/eating-disorders-a-siblings-perspective. Additionally, you can catch the live-streamed event here.

20. Save the date for #ICED2019 in New York City (March 13-16) and #ICED2020 in Sydney with ANZED (June 10-13)!!!

 

 

Thursday
Feb082018

7 Things You Can Do for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is coming up from February 26th through March 4th! Check out these seven things you can do to make a difference:

1. Make a tax-deductible donation to Project Heal, the Academy for Eating Disorders, Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders, or the National Eating Disorders Association.

2. Share the Nine Truths of Eating Disorders on your social meda platforms.

3. Take and pass on an anonymous Eating Attitudes Test.

4. Let the guys in your life know they are not alone - share Men Get Eating Disorders Too and the Millstone documentary.

5. Give your local pediatrician(s) copies of AED's Medical Care Standards Guide (free to download in 10 languages!).

6. Find an event near you to participate in...or organize an event near you!

7. Get the word out about NEDA's National Helpline (1-800-931-2237) & Crisis Textline (text NEDA to 741741). 

 

Wednesday
Jan032018

Three Gentle Reminders about New Year's Resolutions

If you’re like me (and a lot of other people!) you’ve already made some transgressions in your New Year’s resolutions and might even be feeling a little bit low about it. Here are three gentle reminders to let that go and keep on with your big picture goals!

 

1: Make this your Mantra: Progress Over Perfection.

Black-and-white, all-or-nothing thinking is a deep crevasse that we can all fall into from time to time. Watch out for this one, call it what it is, climb out, dust yourself off, and carry on. Take the next good step for you and expect that the sink hole will appear again soon. Also keep in mind that motivation and willpower can be elusive. It goes a long way to accept this and prepare for those moments when you just don’t seem to have it in you to do what you set out to do. Sometimes you will work through it and sometimes you won’t - it's all about progress over perfection!

 

2: Allow for Flexibility and Consider Paring Back or Fine-tuning your Resolutions.

When we are rigid with our goals, we often become self-critical and that in turn can add to our sense of failure and overwhelm. Once we’ve hit that state, it is much easier to toss in the towel and use it as “proof” that we couldn’t do it anyway. Be sure to pick just a few resolutions that hold true value to you and have both specific and realistic bite-sized tasks to reach that are sprinkled throughout the year. If you accomplish one before 2019 and want to mix in another goal, you can!

 

3: Remember that setting New Years Resolutions Do Appear to Yield Higher Results than Other Times of the Year.

According to Dr. Mike Evans, who reviewed a study by John Norcross, Ph.D. (a psychologist who studies self-change), people that set New Years resolutions were 10 times more successful after six months than those that chose resolutions at other times of the year. This is quite compelling information (even if there is a placebo effect at play) so why not just give it a go!

 

The bottom line is to keep your goals small, specific, and task-oriented, while allowing for flexibility both with your mind and behaviors. If you find that you are still struggling to finalize your what you would like your resolutions to be, check out the Greater Good Science Center’s 2018 Happiness Calendar for some inspiring ideas! I would also love to hear from you - what helps you stay on track?

 

Tuesday
Sep012015

30 Days of Suicide Awareness & Prevention

1: Take one link and pass it around --> Help Someone Else Online via the National Suicide Prevention Line.

2: Download a Lifeline Wallet Card for free in English or Spanish.

3: If you see someone with a semicolon tattoo, give them a high-five!

4: Follow Friday on Twitter --> @800273TALK @CrisisTextLine @afspnational @AASuicidology @TrevorProject @SFSuicide @HopeForTheDay @SPRCtweets.

5: Join in or donate to an @OvernightWalk - check it!

6: Share @TrevorProject, the leading crisis intervention & suicide prevention services org for LGBTQ youth, 13-24 years old: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/.

7: Take 5 to #StopSuicide during National Suicide Prevention Week.

8: Read over "Talk Saves Lives" via the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

9: If you've got something like this, wear it out & about!

 

10. Take a free online course to improve your knowledge and skills in suicide prevention through the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

11. Volunteer and/or donate to the Crisis Text Line.

12. Get involved with the Trans Lifeline.

13. Check out AFSP's "Meet the Researchers" video series on the latest in suicide research.

14. Volunteer as a field advocate.

15. Become a Bridgewatch Angel and be the one to listen and give hope.

16. Memorize the warning signs of suicide with this easy mnemonic: IS PATH WARM?

17. Share this great list of online resouces from the American Association of Suicidology on social media.

18. Give a gift to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

19. Download "A Friend Asks" App.

20. Print your own Yellow Ribbon Ask4Help! cards and distribute widely.

21. Give hope, get hope, and share your story with A2A's Messges of Hope campaign.

22. Take a depression screening or share it with somone you might be concerned about.

23. Read "Means Matter" from Harvard's School of Public Health.

24. Get yourself a temporary tattoo from AFSP and "Be the voice."

25. Become a volunteer at the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Hotline.

26. Get invoved with National Suicide Prevention Week in September.

27. Know the myths about suicide.

28. Find a LivingWorks training near you.

29. Learn about the steps you can take if you are concerned about someone on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter.

30. Read and share Dr. Schwartz's helpful article on "What Viewers Should Consider" before watching 13 Reasons Why. (Links to Talking Points are also helpful!)

Sunday
Mar152015

Kicking Off "Sound Bite" Vlog with Featured Guest Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD

I am excited to announce that I am finally kicking off a new video series called "Sound Bite: Straight Up Info from People in the Know. " On my first go, I interviewed Evelyn Tribole, author of Intuitive Eating, on the topic of gluten. Given that there is so much misinformation and misunderstanding about gluten, I thought some straight up information from a highly respected registered dietitian would be helpful! I have yet to find some time to learn to edit videos, so instead of sitting on this, I thought I would post it and let the perfection piece go. Thank you to Evelyn for your time, good humor, and being kind about the arrow on your nose!

Sound Bite: The Essential 411 on Gluten with Eveyln Tribole, MS, RD from Bridget Whitlow, LMFT on Vimeo.