Life in Balance

Through this online art blog/gallery we can encourage, inspire and share hope with one another…We invite who you to share your “NAPS” (News, Art ,Poetry, Songs) or inspirations. Email if you would like to share inspirations. Please note we can not post advice with regards to nutrition and exercise.

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Eating Disorders of York Region made the connection that enabled a youth at risk to be mentored by an artist and participate in Mentorship in Motion

Elisabeth, Janice, MehvishPictured above are new EDOYR Board members Elisabeth Smitko and Mehvish Rizvi with Executive Director, Janice Morgante, as Mentorship in Motion concludes its tour of York Region.

EDOYR is working to launch a therapeutic arts centre.  If you would like to contribute to this new project, please contact us at

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Men with eating disorders more common than you may think

A leading eating disorder expert says growing research reveals men with eating disorders are more common than you may think.

Dr. Blake Woodside, medical director of the eating disorder program at Toronto General Hospital says his community study plus two others show males now make up one in three cases of anorexia and one in four cases of bulimia.

Traditionally, the accepted rate has been anywhere between one in 10 and one in 20.

“Men get these conditions, they die from these conditions, they suffer from these conditions. This is not just an illness of women,” said Woodside, who is also a psychiatry professor at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Woodside said men are not coming in for treatment for several reasons. Society, including doctors and nurses, simply do not think men are affected by eating disorders.

Read the rest of the story here: More men suffering from eating disorders, says doctor


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Men and Eating Disorders


Men are not at risk for eating disorders.


One of the first two cases of anorexia reported was in a male. In a study of 10,000 residents of Ontario, the University of Toronto researchers found that 1 of every 6 people who qualified for a full or partial diagnosis of anorexia was male — substantially more than the 1 in 10 usually reported in studies of patients in eating-disorder programs – New York Times, 2005.