Eating Disorders

Wooden building blocks that read "fact" and "fake" Eating disorders are characterized by intense thoughts about one’s body shape and weight. These thoughts can lead to problematic behaviours, such as restricted eating, eating excessively, and purging (e.g. vomiting). Unfortunately, there are important consequences include impaired psychological functioning (e.g. comorbid mood disorders) and social functioning (e.g. emotion dysregulation), as well as life-threatening medical complications (e.g. sudden cardiac death). Research on eating disorders is severely underfunded in Canada, compared to other mental health issues, and advocacy is needed.

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Gobin, K.C., Mills*, J.S., & McComb, S.E. (2021). The effects of COVID-19 lockdown on eating, body image, and social media habits among women with and without symptoms of orthorexia nervosa. Frontiers in Psychology, Social and Personality Psychology, 12. *shared first authorship

McComb, S.E., & Mills, J.S. (2019). Orthorexia Nervosa: A review of psychosocial risk factors. Appetite, 140, 50-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2019.05.005

Keating, L., Mills, J.S., & Rawana, J.S. (2019). Momentary predictors of binge eating: An attachment perspective. Eating Behaviors, 32, 44-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2018.12.003.

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