Have been meaning to blog about this one for ages - the Food Programme on Radio 4 had an episode back in March about fasting - both for religious purposes and as part of intermittent fasting diets. I felt that they weren’t particularly even handed in talking about the pros and cons of fasting - it all seemed to be about what a great idea it was. But worth a listen anyway - click on the link above and search for ‘fasting’. Perhaps they can do an update and include some of the research we are doing about the possible risks/negative impacts that fasting can have!
The theme for ED awareness week, which started today is ‘Sock it to Eating Disorders’. Good article in the Guardian today about how to spot if a friend has an ED
Also have a look at the B-EAT website which has lots of useful info and fundraising ideas, and a link to their film: ‘Everyone Knows Someone’.
Eating Disorder Blogs has a useful summary of a paper written by Strober and Johnson a while back on guidelines for moving to a higher level of care. Really helpful for clinicians and families alike.
The first ever conference on emotional eating is taking place Friday 25 January in London. It’s organised by BEAT in association with the Royal College of Nursing and supported by the Huntercombe Group, the event will look at issues including obesity and primary care, the psychological needs of obese people and psychological alternatives to bariatric surgery. Deadline for bookings is Tuesday 22 January so you need to get your skates on and contact B-EAT via this link.
Fantastic news that my PhD supervisor Janet Treasure has been awarded an OBE for services to eating disorders
. This award is richly deserved, given Janet and her team’s tireless work to improve awareness and treatment of EDs over the last 30 years. See also this link
The NHS Commissioning Group develops guidelines for the ways in which a number of specialist services are provided. Having drafted the guidelines for specialist inpatient eating disorder care, they have opened a consultation, which runs till 25th Jan. Interested members of the public and professionals can give their views on relevant section of the NHS Commissioning website
A law, thought to be the first of it’s kind in the world, will ban models with BMIs below 18.5 from appearing on the catwalk, appearing in Israeli media or websites. The title of the article in the Jerusalem Post is misleading as, of course, not all women with BMIs below 18.5 have anorexia nervosa. However, the goal is not to ban anorexic women from being models, as some of the commenters have clearly understood, but rather to reduce the impact of media images of very thin models on vulnerable women. Whether the models are thin due to anorexia nervosa or for other reasons is perhaps not the point, given the evidence that very thin media images can contribute to body dissatisfaction, extreme dieting and eating disorders.
Furthermore, the law states that any advertisement which has been photoshopped to look as if the model has a BMI under 18.5 has to be labeled with the warning that the image was distorted. The warning must be clear and prominent, covering at least 7 percent of the ad space. Sounds like this would be incredibly challenging to enforce, but it’s a start I guess.
We have now finalised the programme for our upcoming conference (below). For more information and to reserve your place, please contact Shumaila Bux on 0300 555 1216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
09:00 - 09:20: REGISTRATION: (tea and coffee provided)
09.20 - 09:30: Introduction & General Information
09:30 - 09:40: Opening Remarks - Sue Boon, Director of Mental Health Services, NELFT
09:40 - 10:20: Keynote 1: Professor Ulrike Schmidt, Institute of Psychiatry:
Innovations in community treatment of adults with anorexia nervosa and their carers
10:20 - 11:00: Service User Experiences
11:00 - 11:20: COFFEE BREAK
11:30 - 13:00: Workshops:
Choose one from:
A. Mindfulness & Eating Disorders - Dr Tamara Russell, Institute of Psychiatry
B. Managing Risk - Rory Harnett, Dr Krishnendu Nandy & NELFT EDS
C. CBT & Beyond: Innovative Approaches for Complex Clients - Dr Victoria Mountford, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Lucy Serpell, North East London Foundation Trust/University College London
D. Working with Families and Working in Teams: Dilemmas of Connection and Separateness - Viv Gross, Family Systemic Psychotherapist / Independent Consultant, Systemic Supervisor and Trainer
E. Research Symposium - A Selection of the Latest Findings in Eating Disorder Research
13:00 - 14:00: LUNCH (buffet lunch provided)
14:00 - 15:00: Complex Case Discussion from multiple perspectives including audience contributions
15:00 - 15:20: COFFEE BREAK
15:20 - 15:50: Keynote 2: Dr Dasha Nicholls, Great Ormond Street Hospital & President: Academy of Eating Disorders
15:50 - 16:30: Panel debate: Medical Issues Should Be At The Forefront of Eating Disorder Treatment
16:30 - 16:45: Closing Remarks
Eating Disorders: Dilemmas and Possibilities, a one-day conference jointly organised by North East London NHS Foundation Trust and University College London will be held on Monday 5th November 2012 at the Jeremy Bentham Room, Gower St, University College London, London
The conference will focus on the internal and external dilemmas for clients, their families and professionals involved. Eating disorders affect people, their significant relationships, professionals and services in myriad ways, often evoking dilemmas whilst also presenting possibilities for creative thinking. Through presentations and workshops by professionals and users of services, there will be opportunities to hear about the cutting edge of theory and research, the dilemmas of clients, professionals and teams affected by eating disorders, and the different possibilities for responding to these challenges.
The conference will be relevant for any professionals working with or interested in eating disorders. As we are aware times are hard, we have reduced the full cost this year to £80 for the day to include all refreshments and lunch. The reduced rate of £40 is available to full time students, UCL and NELFT staff.
- 09:00 - 09:20: Registration: (Tea & coffee provided)
- 09.20 - 09:30: Introduction & General Information
- 09:30 - 09:40: Opening Remarks - Sue Boon, Director of Mental Health Services, NELFT
- 09:40 - 10:20: Keynote 1: Professor Ulrike Schmidt, Institute of Psychiatry: ‘Innovations in community treatment of adults with anorexia nervosa and their carers’
- 10:20 - 11:00: Service User Experiences
- 11:00 - 11:20: Coffee Break: (Tea & coffee provided)
- 11:30 - 13:00: Workshops (Choose one from 5 options to include: Mindfulness, Managing Risk, Innovative Approaches for Complex Clients, Research Symposium, Working with Families)
- 13:00 - 14:00: Lunch (Lunch provided)
- 14:00 - 15:00: Complex Case Discussion from multiple perspectives
- 15:00 - 15:20: Coffee Break: (Tea & coffee provided)
- 15:20 - 15:50: Keynote 2: Dr Dasha Nicholls, Great Ormond Street Hospital, President: Academy of Eating Disorders
- 15:50 - 16:30: Panel debate
- 16:30 - 16:45: Closing Remarks
For a booking form please email email@example.com or phone 0300 555 1216.