An enormous amount of written and visual information on eating disorders and related issues exists. NEDIC has listed some helpful sources of information here as a place to begin your personal search. We encourage you to be a critical consumer of information and to screen for the most helpful material for your situation.
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NEDIC regularly offers webinars about eating disorders and associated topics. The archive can be viewed here.
What Happens When…
What Happens When… is an Advanced Training course and certification in the specialized treatment of eating disorders. Unlike any other training of its kind, What Happens When… dives deeply into the intricate, challenging, detailed questions that arise day-to-day when treating patients suffering with eating disorders.
What Happens When… co-developed by Christel Parker Chase, LMFT, and Judith Brisman, PhD, introduces Dr. Brisman's therapeutic program at Eating Disorder Resource Centre in which behavioral intervention is integrated with Interpersonal psychodynamic thinking. Through the use of clinical presentations, readings and discussion, we will question how to effectively integrate psychodynamic thinking with the direct behavioral intervention needed when working with eating disordered patients. What works—and why? Trainees will be encouraged to actively participate in the classes by writing in questions and comments that will be addressed live as the program is aired. Prominent professionals in the field will guest lecture throughout the course. Visit www.edrcnyc.com for more information.
Eating Disorders, Race and Gender
Jill Andrew addresses the growing skin bleaching trend as it relates to women's sense of their bodies in this webinar co-hosted by NEDIC and the Canadian Women Health Network (CWHN) on September 29, 2011. How does the practice complicate traditional assumptions about body image and eating problems? Using anti-racism and class analysis, she speculates on why the public health issue (as she calls it) of skin bleaching hasn't received the attention it deserves. Jill discusses the terms body 'image' and eating 'disorders' and explains why they are problematic, particularly when trying to learn from women of colour and other marginalized women about experiences with their bodies. For more resources on this topic and to obtain a copy of the presentation slides, please visit the CWHN website.
Motivation Interviewing: how does this innovative therapy help some women with Binge Eating Disorder?
Dr. Stephanie Cassin presented the findings of her research on the efficacy of Motivational Interviewing among individuals with Binge Eating Disorder in this live webinar for Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2011 on February 8, co-hosted by NEDIC and CWHN. Motivational interviewing is a non-confrontational psychotherapy approach designed to work with feelings of ambivalence that people might have about making behavioural changes. The therapist expresses empathy and supports the client's self-determination. Motivational interviewing aims to resolve ambivalence and increase self-efficacy, with the goal of promoting behavioural change. The approach was developed to treat people with addictions, but therapists saw that many symptoms overlapped with Binge Eating Disorder, a prevalent condition with few treatment options. On average, Motivational Interviewing is more effective in changing eating behaviours than in changing drug and alcohol use. Learn more about Motivational Interviewing as a technique for treating eating disorders on the CWHN website.
Casting Light - Media Representation of the Female Body
Co-hosted by NEDIC and CWHN, this informative webinar recorded on February 4, 2010 covers the impact of media imagery on girls and women. The particpants' discussion was moderated by Shari Graydon, award-winning author, media educator and critic. After viewing it, please share your thoughts. See it here on YouTube.
No Numbers: Identity Beyond Measure
No Numbers tells the recovery stories of actress Dena Ashbaugh and filmaker Sonja Ruebsaat, sharing what worked to escape their struggles with anorexia and bulimia. Each story is unique, but the common thread is how creativity not only allows for a greater connection to self, but creates space outside of and away from the self-destructive practices of disordered eating. From these points of resistance, one can begin to find identity beyond measure; thus, the title of their film. Visit www.nonumbers.ca to learn more.
What to Expect? A Family Orientation to BC Children's Hospital Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit
From Kelty Mental Health, this YouTube video provides children, youth and their families and caregivers with an overview of the Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit at BC Children's Hospital. Catch a glimpse of the hospital facilities, daily routines and see what an inpatient stay in the unit is like.
DIETING: At War with our Bodies, Christie McNabb and Adam Finley
Released in conjunction with International No Diet Day 2006, this documentary gives voice to those who resist the notion that the human body, in all its variations, must concede to cultural or clinical ideals. It defies the dominant diet culture, suggesting that we reclaim health, not weight loss, as our lifestyle change goal, and let the fat fall where it may.
Reel Youth Claymation: Bulimia
Reel Youth promotes a journey into the process of creative collaboration and an opportunity for youth to speak up about issues that concern them in their lives, their community and the world. In this claymation video clip, a child, malnourished by words of hate, turns to bulimia.
Killing Us Softly, Jean Kilbourne, 1980
Using examples of ads from magazines, newspapers, album covers and billboards, Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., produced a concise and important analysis of a $40 billion a year industry that preys on the fears and insecurities of female consumers.
Still Killing Us Softly, Jean Kilbourne, 1987
In this sequel to the film Killing Us Softly, Jean Kilbourne, with her usual incisive wit and irony, continues to research advertising's ever-present assault on the self-images of women, men and children.
The Strength to Resist: Media's Impact on Girls and Women (previously titled Beyond Killing Us Softly), Jean Kilbourne, 2001
This video presents the ideas of girls and young women, as well as those of leading authorities (including Gloria Steinem) in the fields of psychology of women and girls, on the subjects of eating disorders, gender studies, violence against women, and media literacy.
Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obessession with Thinness, 1995
Jean Kilbourne (creator of the Killing Us Softly series) focuses her attention specifically on the media, body image and health. Her thesis, and the hundreds of examples she presents, leave little doubt that advertisers are preying on the fears and insecurities of women, especially young women, with the result that they are actually encouraging the development of bad nutrition and eating disorders.
Fat Chance, National Film Board of Canada, 1994
The first thing people notice about Rick Zakowich is his size. Creative therapist by day and blues singer by night, Rick's charisma and talent are undeniable, yet he remains fixed within the definition of a narrow label. The film began when Rick set out to change all that. But things didn't turn out as planned...instead of being a half-hour film about a 400-pound guy trying to lose 220 pounds, Fat Chance turned out to be a feature-length documentary about a 400-pound guy who hasn't lost weight but has gained self-confidence.
National Film Board of Canada
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, 1998
Newsweek says Reviving Ophelia offers parents and teenage girls "a way to resist the worst of the culture around them and substitute the best of themselves". Mary Pipher, author of the best-selling book of the same name, explains how corporate and marketing values, aimed at the seduction of adolescent females for their allowances, are supplanting family and even common-sense values.