Powerful by Nature - Eating Disorders

Date:  February 11th, 2019
Hosts:  Rhiannon & Shuhita
Guests:  Kaitlyn, Sheena’s Place
Topic:  Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders describe illnesses that are characterized by irregular and unhealthy eating and/or exercise habits and, usually, severe distress or concern about body weight or shape and appearance.
Common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and eating disorder not otherwise specified.

Eating disorders affect people of all genders, socioeconomic status, race, abilities, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. According to a 2002 survey, 1.5% of Canadian women aged 15–24 years had an eating disorder and while more women that men have eating disorders, some studies have found that young men represent about 10% of individuals with eating disorders. According to NEDIC, 1 in 2 Canadians have or know someone who had/has an eating disorder.

There is no single cause of eating disorders but complex biological, psychological, social and cultural
factors contribute to their development. 

Dieting is the most common risk factor in the development of an eating disorder. During the first half of the show we interviewed Kaitlyn from Sheena’s Place. Sheena’s place is a Toronto non-profit that offers support to anyone over 17 affected by an eating disorder, as well as their families and friends, by providing a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services, completely free of charge. Kaitlyn broke down common eating disorder myths and talked about the support available at Sheena’s Place. During the second half of the show, Shuhita interviewed Rhiannon and special guest Sinead about their lived experiences with eating disorders.

Make sure to listen to this very important episode!

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