January is here - when everyone makes their resolutions for the new year. By far, the most common one I've heard is weight loss. People promise themselves to eat less and exercise more. This is especially common because New Years happens after the holiday season - the time when people 'over-eat'.
A few days ago Merryl Bear, the clinical director of NEDIC, shared an article with us about an open letter written by an Equalities Minister sent to magazine editors in the UK to ask for a ban on the publishing of ‘miracle diets’ after the holidays. You can read the article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20849476
This week, we are highlighting an inspiring example of successful media campaigning. Elaine Stevenson, long-time champion of eating disorder prevention in Canada took the members of the Manitoba Executive Council to task for recent body-shaming advertisements. We are happy to report that the ads have now been pulled.
Dear Premier Hon. Oswald, Hon. Rondeau, & Hon. Howard:
It’s no surprise that this holiday season I have been faced with more opportunities than I can count to eat cookies, candies, chocolates and pastries. They appear like magic, in every corner of every room. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the type to be offended by an offering of holiday treats of any kind. I’ll take them shaped like trees, glittered with festive sprinkles, or loaded with chocolate. What really bothers me is the mixed messages we seem to receive between the first cookie tray and the first day back at work or school.
On behalf of NEDIC Staff and dedicated Volunteers, we wish every single one of our readers a Happy New Year!
A new year is often a symbol for new beginnings and a special motivation to overcome the challenges we faced in the previous year.
We hope that everyone has a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013!
Cheers to the ever growing NEDIC community and blog!
The holiday season has begun. I love this time of the year - everyone's excited as Christmas comes along, the winter means that it'll soon be snowy out, and there's a well-deserved break from school and work.
It is often too easy to take well-intentioned popular media and public health initiatives and the images they transmit for granted. In the case of anorexia nervosa (A.N.), it is without question that accessibility to information and treatment is essential for those at risk and for those currently suffering from the disease, and that both popular media and public health campaigns are crucial in increasing awareness.
Living in Vancouver, there is certainly a presence of gym goers, devoted yogis, joggers, and cyclists. Having such mild weather and beautiful scenery to gaze at makes outdoor activity much less daunting and enjoyable.