Body Image and Eating Disorders
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Body image and eating disorders refer to the range of thoughts and feelings about food and your body. They can include thoughts about accepting your body and thoughts or actions that are considered disordered eating such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder. Eating disorders may be characterized by a disturbance in eating behaviour, distortions in body image and preoccupation with body image and weight. Eating disorder behaviours may involve over eating or under eating.
Kelty Eating Disorders is a provincial resource centre that provides information and peer support to people of all ages who reside in British Columbia (B.C.) with eating disorders or disordered eating concerns. On the Kelty Eating Disorders website you can find information on what is an eating disorder, the types of disorders, treatment options, how to find help, recovery and getting involved to support others in your community who may be affected by an eating disorder. Kelty online resources are available in multiple languages.
Services and Resources Available
Online Directory Search for additional services and resources available, or check out the following online, in-person, app, and phone services.
You can search for online services and resources available across B.C. using the online directory or visit one of the resources below:
- Canadian Mental Health Association – British Columbia, Eating Disorders: Defines eating disorders, who is affected, and offers ideas on what and where support is available.
- HeretoHelp, Eating Disorders: Features plain-language Personal Stories and Self-Help Resources for children, men, women, Aboriginal, and LGBT. Topics covered include body image and disordered eating.
- Jessie’s Legacy: Provides eating disorder prevention education, resources and support for youth, families, educators and professionals including the Eating Disorder Prevention Toolkit and Jessie’s Legacy Blog.
- Kelty Eating Disorders: Provides resources and peer support to people of all ages with eating disorders or disordered eating concerns.
- Looking Glass: A caring community of prevention and support for those suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders and their family and friends. Services include the Looking Glass Online Support Group.
- Mindcheck.ca, Body Image and Eating: An online space for youth and young adults in B.C. to check in on how they are feeling, and connect with mental health resources.
- Email a HealthLinkBC Dietitian: Email a registered dietitian to learn about food and creating healthy meal and snack plans as part of prevention, treatment and recovery.
- Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre: Get information and support about mental health and substance use challenges via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Looking Glass Support Group, Online Chat: A peer support group service where people can come together in a safe space to support each other and talk about what is going on for them.
- Rise Up + Recover: An app provided by the Recovery Warriors and recommended by Mindcheck.ca for youth struggling with food, dieting, exercise, and body image.
- Outpatient treatment may be at a clinic, community health centre, or hospital where you attend appointments and do not stay overnight. This type of treatment is usually with a therapist or counsellor, a physician or pediatrician, a registered dietitian, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
- Day Treatment may be in a clinic or hospital where you spend the full day in treatment but do not spend the night. This type of treatment is usually a mixture of the therapies available for outpatients.
- Inpatient or Residential Care treatment is where you spend both days and nights at the clinical residence, residential care home designated for this type of care, hospital, or even a private residential care service. This type of treatment is a mixture of the therapies available for outpatients with additional supports available to address more dangerous symptoms.
- Support Groups are also available for individuals who have or are recovering from body image concerns or eating disorders. Groups are also available for friends and family. Groups may be in-person or online, visit Looking Glass Online Support Group.
Visit Kelty Eating Disorders, Treatment Options for more information on the types of treatments available. You may also contact Kelty at 1-800-665-1822 Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 5pm Pacific Time for help determining which treatment option may be right for you.
- 310-Mental Health: Call 310-6789 (toll-free, no area code needed) for access to emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health. Available 24 hours a day.
- Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre: If you are unsure which treatment option is best for you or where to find services contact Kelty at 1-800-665-1822 Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5pm Pacific Time.
- HealthLinkBC: Speak to a registered dietitian about food and creating healthy meal and snack plans by dialing 8-1-1 free of charge Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time.