"Wasting Away": A Channel 4 Documentary
To those who have watched, heard about, or who are discussing the Channel 4 Documentary “Wasting Away”, broadcast Thursday August 24, 10pm in the UK …
… a blog post from F.E.A.S.T.'s Chair
I watched the powerfully affecting documentary aired on Channel 4 last week, although I didn’t really want to; not because I don’t care about the story of Mark and his daughter Maddy and the effects of her illness on all of their family, and not because I don’t care about the others who were featured, many of whom have been failed or are failing within the scope of UK healthcare, but because I do care, very much. And because I knew that I would be affected, my family having once been affected by an eating disorder too, and because of what I have seen of how eating disorders have affected many families over my many years of volunteering for F.E.A.S.T.
Anyway, I watched, and as expected it made me both cry a little and shout a bit at the telly - …
MEDICATION I am going to begin this blog with a quote from my own book Give Food A Chance, but I will be
quoting from the only chapter (“Psychopharmacology”)which I did not write.
Here is Janiece Desocio RN, PhD, psychiatric mental health
nurse practitioner (PMHNP) at Kartini Clinic, speaking:“rarely do we think about food as having
pharmacological properties, but in fact, food is an essential source of the
chemicals produced by our brains to stabilize mood, moderate anxiety, induce
sleep, reduce pain, and regulate appetite…… the brain is a natural pharmacy”.
I want to begin a discussion of medication in the treatment
of childhood anorexia nervosa with this quote and its emphasis on food and
adequate weight restoration.Medication
should not be used as a substitute for good food and plenty of it.Without weight restoration you will get
Many parents have written in to the Around The Dinner Table
forum to discuss medication in their child’s treatment plan.They cite their experien…
It is with a great sense of excitement and some trepidation that I am stepping into the role of Executive Director of F.E.A.S.T., following the footsteps of two amazing people, Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh and Leah Dean.
The trepidation arises out of the strong desire to ensure that the amazing of work of not only these two previous Executive Directors, but the F.E.A.S.T. Board, past and current volunteers and supporters have done to position F.E.A.S.T. where it is now.
The previous announcement (on our email list, blog and other social media) outlines the achievements of F.E.A.S.T. since its inception. The most important achievement in my eyes is the shift in the conversation around families and eating disorders. Historically, families have been viewed as, at worst, contributors to their child's eating disorder and at best, somewhat benign but not critical members of the care team. The shift to seeing empowered and informed active families as central to a good outcome in eating…