• Middle East Eating Disorders Association Podcast

  • By: MEEDA
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  • Summary

  • A podcast raising awareness of eating disorders in the Middle East, produced by the Middle East Eating Disorders Association, a not-for-profit aiming to support prevention and awareness of Eating Disorders, as well as professional training, research and support to patients across the whole Middle East area.Alongside guests and listeners’ questions, the podcast aims to cover a wide diversity of aspects regarding eating disorders’ diagnosis, treatment, recovery, as well as support to patients of all sizes, ages, genders, abilities and ethnicities. Because eating disorders don’t discriminate. And because they are among the deadliest mental health conditions.
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Episodes
  • Understanding Weight Oppression with Dr Lily O'Hara

    Jun 10 2021

    In this episode, MEEDA receives special guest Dr Lily O'Hara, Associate Professor of Public Health at Qatar University and Health At Every Size advocate.
     
    In this episode, Dr O'Hara explains what is weight stigma, why she prefers the term "Weight Oppression" and what is the link between Weight Oppression (WO) and Eating Disorders, and why all this made her take the conscious decision not to use the term "Obesity" anymore. Dr O'Hara also debunks the myth of a [higher] weight causing ill health.

    More on this in the video "Poodle Science"

    She evokes the ubiquity of WO in the Middle East and what the most recent research on the harmful effects of WO implies for Public Health campaigns and Healthcare practitioners - in the Middle East and abroad: Increased mortality (Tomiyama et al. 2018), Increased morbidity from chronic diseases and conditions (Tomiyama et al. 2018), Higher blood pressure (Unger et al. 2017), Type 2 diabetes mellitus (Wirth et al. 2014), Metabolic syndrome (Pearl et al. 2017), Allostatic load (lipid/metabolic dysregulation, glucose metabolism and inflammation) (Vadiveloo and Mattei 2017), Cortisol reactivity (Schvey, Puhl, and Brownell 2014), Oxidative stress (Tomiyama et al. 2014), Higher weight, diabetes risk, cortisol level, oxidative stress level, C-reactive protein level, eating disturbances, depression, anxiety, body image dissatisfaction and negatively associated with self-esteem.

    At the end, Dr O'Hara shares what all healthcare professionals can do to avoid WO, and how she aims to train Public Health professionals that are critically aware, and put social justice at the core of their programmes.

    You can find Dr O'Hara on Twitter @lilyohara or via Qatar University's College of Health Sciences @chs_qu

    Please reach out with your questions, suggestions and feedback via media@meeda.me

    For your free 15 mins assessment, please visit www.meeda.me/contacts
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    1 hr and 18 mins
  • Period loss and recovery with Dr Nicola Rinaldi

    May 27 2021

    In this episode, Dr Nicola Rinaldi, lead author of "No Period, Now What?" tells MEEDA more about Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, or the loss of periods due to underfueling and overexercising.
    - What is HA?
    - Factors of HA
    - Why having regular periods is important
    - People can lose their periods AT ANY WEIGHT
    - Will contraceptive pills help?

    Mentioned in this episode
    - Hill & al study on exercise intensity and cortisol
    - All In Podcast about period loss and recovery
    - Minnesota Starvation Experiment

    You can find Dr Nicola Rinaldi via her website or Instagram.

    Please reach out with your questions, suggestions and feedback via media@meeda.me

    For your free 15 mins assessment, please visit www.meeda.me/contacts
    www.meeda.me

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    39 mins
  • Eid and Celebrations in Recovery

    May 9 2021

    Certified ED Dietitian Hala Abu Taha meets Florence Gillet, Certified Eating Psychology Coach and founder of Beyond Body Image.

    Together, they go through these questions about navigating Eid or other religious celebrations, in ED recovery:
    1- How do I handle seeing people I haven't seen for a while, and dressing up for holiday occasions?

    2- How should I manage triggering comments and conversations around food and dieting during celebrations involving food?

    3- I am concerned about seeing tons of food and 'feast eating' during celebrations, what can I do to mitigate this fear in recovery?

    4- What behaviours should I be aware of around food and exercise in the run up to and after the event if I am in recovery? 

    5- I struggle to stay present when food is out. What do you suggest I can do?

    6- Can I enjoy Eid even though I haven't fasted and I am on a strict recovery mealplan?

    Please reach out with your questions, suggestions and feedback via media@meeda.me
    For your free 15 mins assessment, please visit www.meeda.me/contacts
    www.meeda.me

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    30 mins

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