Orthorexia – taking healthy eating to an unhealthy extreme, and another way to look at food

As a dietitian working with children, youth, and families for over 20 years, I have observed orthorexia, a phenomenon where healthy eating becomes an unhealthy obsession. Most current nutrition research supports the notion that eating a diet based on whole, minimally processed foods is “healthy.” However, someone who suffers from orthorexia may fixate on the … Read More

Guest Post: A New Year’s Revolution

New Year’s resolutions aren’t really my thing.  I am all for “clean slates” and “fresh starts” and any other similar optimistic metaphors that apply that help put us in a positive frame of mind where we feel motivated and can make meaningful progress toward achieving a goal.  The issue I have, rather, is the word that lies … Read More

FREE Public Event: Orthorexia – When Healthy Becomes Unhealthy

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is putting on a *FREE* public event to celebrate and acknowledge Eating Disorders Awareness Week and promote prevention and awareness of eating disorders. We are proud to provide this opportunity for you to listen and ask questions to our panelists as they share their illuminated perspectives on the event … Read More

What will YOU be doing for Eating Disorders Awareness Week

It’s that time of year again! As you know, the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) Campaign:  love our bodies, love ourselves, is launched every year from February 1-7 with activities and events taking place throughout the year.  It is a province wide effort to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as … Read More

Our ChangeDay BC Pledge!

People are heavily influenced by societal pressures and the media with how they should look.  Unfortunately, these unrealistic media images of thin and lean models can take an emotional toll by making us feel like we don’t measure up. For some people, this can result in unhealthy dieting and weight control behaviors in an attempt … Read More

Family Services and Jessie’s Legacy Celebrate #PRIDE2017 !

  Family Services of the North Shore and Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention & Awareness Program will be celebrating the 39th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday, August 6th, 2017. We will have a booth at the Sunset Beach Festival to promote our unique theme of #BODYPRIDE!    Why #BODYPRIDE? Every year around Pride there … Read More

Guest Post: Why It’s Necessary but Still Hard to “Talk About It”

It seems especially fitting that a public statement about my past and present struggles with eating disorders should come weeks after National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017.  This year, as in past years, the focus of the public health initiative promoted by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) – to erase stigma, enhance understanding, and increase … Read More

PEDAW – How a positive message can bring together a community

Last year I saw a display at the City of North Vancouver City Hall for the PEDAW -Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week Campaign. I had not heard anything about it before and was curious about the “purple” bracelets with the logo “love our bodies” on it. I started taking part in the Goose Chase App … Read More