Children learn (unhealthy) mainstream attitudes towards food and weight at a very young age. In a study of five-year-old girls, a significant proportion of girls associated a diet with food restriction, weight-loss and thinness.
In Canada, thirty-seven percent of girls in grade nine and 40% in grade ten perceived themselves as too fat. Even among students of normal-weight (based on BMI), 19% believed that they were too fat, and 12% of students reported attempting to lose weight.
The community of Fort St. James along with Northern Health continues to make services available for children and adults suffering with eating disorders.
For more information about eating disorders, contact Northern Health at: (250)996-8411.
Mental Health & Addiction Specialized Services
Eating Disorder Clinic (EDC)
The EDC program provides assessments, consultation, and treatment, as well as individual and family education and support for children, youth and adults with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa.
- Regional program
- Program model is supported by a Physician (sessions)
- Team includes a Dietitian, Youth Therapist, Adult Therapist, Physician and Team Leader
- Provides services through group consultation and individual case management
- Is an office-based program
- Provides consultation to the region via video conferencing
- Developing Psychiatry services to support this program through tele-psychiatry
For more information on Eating Disorders, visit the National Eating Disorder Information Centre