Feb. 5 to 11 has been designated Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
With this year’s theme being Celebrating Our Natural Sizes, it is time to look at our relationship with food and how we feel about our bodies.
When the term “eating disorder” is mentioned, many people think about anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. However, it is also true that many of us have patterns of eating that could be considered “disordered.”
For example, some people do not eat all day then have a large amount of food for dinner and throughout the evening. At other times, people go on a diet in anticipation of a vacation because they want to look a certain way in a bathing suit.
In fact, it is more common than not at this time in Western culture to feel dissatisfied with one’s body weight and shape.
On Feb. 6, clinicians from Associated Family Community Support Services, Ltd. will facilitate a presentation about eating disorders and disordered eating. Topics will include warning signs and risk factors of eating disorders, what contributes to the development of eating disorders, and how to support someone with an eating disorder. As well, we will take a look at the role that the media plays, and will discuss healthy attitudes about eating and where we go astray in our relationship with food
Presenters include Lynn Redenbach, RPN, MA, RCC, Youth Disordered Eating Therapist who works with children and youth along with their families, Diane Hancox, MA, CCC who is the Adult Disordered Eating Therapist, and dietitian Shirley Wade-Linton, BA, RD, CanSTAT.
Anyone interested in finding out more about eating disorders is invited to attend this free presentation which will be held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Parksville Community Conference Centre, Garry Oaks Room, on Mon., Feb. 6, 2012.
Preregistration is recommended as seating is limited.
For more information and to register call AFCSS at 250-248-0076.
— Submitted by AFCSS