• Ryan Painter

Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Feb 1 - 7

Today is the last day of Provincial Eating Disorder Awareness Week, February 1 - 7.

Many don't know, but I struggled with binge-eating for years.

I would eat when I wasn't hungry, often making myself sick and feeling so much shame over what I'd done and how I had made myself feel.

I remember the shame increasing significantly when I saw the needle on the scale shoot past 300 pounds.

I felt so guilty that I was never able to stop myself.

The compulsion was substantial, almost like losing control of my body and just eating until I felt I would explode.

I would look at myself in the mirror and say some of the most brutal, painful things a person could imagine.

I won't repeat them here, but they weren't kind.

It took counselling, therapy, and years of depression and anxiety support and medication before I was able to start loving my body.

This is something I hadn't ever done.

Once I started loving my body and loving myself, I was able to work on my emotional triggers.

You're not alone if you feel any of these feelings.

There is help.

You can find helpful resources below through the Province of BC. https://t.co/yBxjVPLE3M

Thank you to those supporting and working with Jessie's Legacy for all your work.


These resources can also be found online here.

Online Resouces

  • 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.

  • Foundry BC, 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.

In-Person Services

You can search for in-person services using the online directory or at Kelty Eating Disorders, Finding Help. There are a number of treatment options which may include:

  • 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.

Email Services

  • 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 keltycentre@cw.bc.ca.

Chat Services

  • 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.

Phone Services

  • 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.

App Resources

  • 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.

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