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Boys As Young As Seven Can Be Victims Of Eating Disorders

One in five Australians who are struggling with life-threatening eating disorder and psychological illness is a male. Boys in primary schools are currently receiving treatments for anorexia nervosa in Australia and there are warnings that the number of boys suffering from eating disorder may be on the rise.

According to Christine Morgan, from the Butterfly Foundation, the youngest patient to date is a 7-year old boy. If eating disorder is undetected by the parents and health professionals, the young boys face the risk that the eating disorder might develop into a life-threatening illness.

At the Children’s Hospital in Westmead, Sydney, 10% of the patients who are suffering from eating disorders are boys who are focused on their fitness and sporting abilities. At least ¼ of the boys are under 12 years old. In a recent study that was co-authored by Dr. Scott Griffiths, men are 4 times more likely than women to get diagnosed for eating disorder including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa because there is a certain stigma about what men feel about mental health and eating disorder.

One example is George Skoufis who developed anorexia nervosa when he was 19 years old. He started dieting and before long he was already hooked to the idea of perfect athletic appearance. The weighing scales took over his life; it dictated his mood and how he felt about himself. However, after 2 years, George developed bulimia nervosa and then binge eating disorder. His family and friends never realized that George was suffering from eating disorder until he recovered.

Males are least suspected to have eating disorders because it is considered to be an illness associated with females. Eating disorders among males are underrepresented that is why they do not get help. The focus is always on the teenage girls because males feel embarrassed to be associated with the illness.

If you suspect that you are suffering from eating disorder, call eating disorder psychologist in Melbourne to provide the necessary help through specialist skills and knowledge in treating the psychological condition. Positive results can be achieved through evidence-based approach and collaborative work with patients to improve their life and wellbeing.

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Edmonton And Enoch Cree Reach Agreement

Canada has been making headlines recently, as a progressive, welcoming country, contrasting recent accusations leveled at other major world powers. Recent development has only reinforced the image of a progressive, equal Canada, with a recent agreement between the city of Edmonton, Alberta and the local Enoch Cree First Nation.

The local city government and the Enoch Cree First Nation, represented by their respective leaders: Mayor Don Iveson and Chief Billy Morin, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding: an official documentation that formalizes the relationship of the city government with that of the indigenous group. This document signifies the agreement of the two parties to cooperate with one another on improving each other; housing, tourism, economy, infrastructure, etc, meaning that local businesses, such as Capital Plumbing & Heating, are expected to aid in this endeavor.

Both leaders have expressed their joy at the signing of the Memorandum, with Mayor Don Iveson stating that the signing is a milestone for both the city of Edmonton and the Enoch Cree First Nation, seeing as it’s the first time the two have formalized the relationship between them.  Chief Billy Morin has stated that the ceremony is more than just the signing of a paper. It was the traditional agreement process of their people, complete with a sweat and pipe ceremony last Thursday with the First Nation members. Chief Morrin has stated his appreciation of the gesture.

The agreement is set to pave the way for an Enoch Cree First Nation urban reserve located in Edmonton, wherein First Nation members can build businesses and invest. The details are still being discussed, and the completion of the reserve is still a few years from now, but the beginning of the development is already quite a move. The agreement will benefit both sides for days to come and the urban reserve will be quite the hurdle, but for the mean time, the two governments will be working side by side in improving for the future.

Chief Morin has expressed his belief in the potential of this relationship, stating that whilst there will, inevitably, be hurdles to clear, they simply need the willpower to get past them.

In the future, local Edmontonian businesses, like Capital Plumbing & Heating, may be working alongside Enoch Cree businesses.