Many of us learned about “the food pyramid” at school, right? This piece explores the potentially damaging effect of nutritional education in schools, and some advice for parents with concerns about their child's nutritional education at school.
“The textbook picture of a “healthy” food simply isn’t the same for every child. Neurodivergent kids, those who live in a food-insecure household, and students whose cultural foods don’t resemble the US Department of Agriculture MyPlate image presented in class may find school nutrition lessons unrelatable or even harmful.”
Food insecurity and eating disorders are linked and rising. Where’s the plan to tackle them?
From The Guardian
In a time when we are all affected by the rising cost of living, this article looks at the relationship between food insecurity and eating disorders, and calls on governments to act.
“Not having access to consistent, nutritious meals can lead to cognitive, behavioural and emotional changes in the brain. Becoming aware of food as a precarious resource can increase anxiety when consuming it.”
From Psychology Today
The relationship between food insecurity and eating disorders has been demonstrated in recent research. You can find out more about the research in this Psychology Today article, and in the original research paper.
"For years, researchers have been emphasizing that the stereotype of the typical eating disorder patient is inaccurate. Many assume that eating disorders primarily affect thin, white women. But people of all races, genders, and body sizes can wrestle with eating disorders. New research published in the Journal Eating Behaviors challenges another component of the eating disorder stereotype: the assumption that people who engage in disordered eating tend to be wealthy."
We Have No Drugs to Treat the Deadliest Eating Disorder
From The Atlantic
Why is there no medication treatment for anorexia? This article explores what has been tried and what we have learnt about why people with anorexia respond so differently to medication.
“Despite nearly half a century of attempts, no pill or shot has been identified to effectively treat anorexia nervosa….The discrepancy is puzzling to anorexia specialists and researchers. “We don’t fully understand why medications work so differently in this group, and boy, do they ever work differently."
"The ongoing support our family has received from EDANZ has been a vital in the recovery process of our daughter's anorexia. Having a parent who has experienced this journey and has offered stories of recovery has been invaluable to us during difficult times. Resourcing given along with facts and information about the disease has also helped us enormously." – Kate