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January 16, 2018
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…More
January 10, 2018
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…More
December 18, 2017
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…More
December 14, 2017
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…More
December 12, 2017
September 25, 2017
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…More
August 4, 2017
I think I was about 12 years old when I realised I liked other boys. I stayed uncomfortably ‘closeted’ for another 10 years before I started opening up to those closest to me. Throughout those in-between years, and as many young people do, I became increasingly self-aware and aware of those around me. My last…More
July 28, 2017
  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…More
April 24, 2017
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…More
February 28, 2017
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…More