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Resources for change offers links to websites, video clips, and books related to eating disorders, food and other addictions, Gestalt therapy, and issues related to personal growth and healing


Eating disorder / food addiction resources


  • The binge-eating files at – links to online articles on binge-eating and related topics, including a blog, and the latest scientific research
  • National Eating Disorder Information Centre  (NEDIC) – a Canadian network for disseminating information about eating disorders
  • National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) – an American support network re eating disorders
  • Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) – an American-based support network re binge eating
  • Food Addiction Books – one of the best educational sites on food addiction and how to choose helpful books
  • Overeaters Anonymous (OA) – an international 12-step self-help program for those who suffer from eating disorders, food addiction, compulsive overeating, bulimia and anorexia
  • Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) – a newer 12-step self-help program for people in recovery from eating disorders (meetings near the GTA are currently in Brampton, Ajax and Guelph)
  • Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous (ABA) – an international 12-step self-help program for people who want to stop unhealthy eating practices (with phone and Skype meetings).
  • The Guide to Compulsive Overeating and Substance Abuse – a website that targets those battling compulsive overeating as well as substance abuse

 Video and video clips

    • Your body language shapes who you are – My current favorite!  As described on TED Talks, “Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.”
  • How sugar affects the brain – In this 5-minute animated short, Dr. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation. When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.
  • Fed Up – a documentary film about added sugar and obesity by Stephanie Soechtig, from executive producers Katie Couric and Laurie David, and one that the food industry doesn’t want you to see.
  • Sugar Coated – A one-hour documentary film by Michèle Hozer (currently on Netflix). A secret public relations campaign starting back in the 1970s helped the sugar industry blame fat (not sugar) for the rise in obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Now, skyrocketing rates for these and other illnesses has doctors treating children for fatty liver disease. And now, research on sugar as toxic has re-opened the debate.
  • The skinny on obesity – In these clips, Dr. Robert Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.
  • A missing piece to overeating: Why diets failclips show Dr. Judith Orloff (author of Emotional Freedom and Positive Energy) discussing the missing piece to overeating. Why do people overeat? How does one control and combat overeating? Learn how to center yourself with the power of energy.
  • Obesity and the neural plasticity reward circuitvideo shows Dr. Eric Stice, Oregon Research Institute, examining factors that increase risk for onset of eating disorders and obesity, as well as the development and evaluation of prevention programs for these conditions.
  • Study offers clues to emotional eating  – interesting clip on (July 27, 2011)
  • How sugar affects the brain – In this clip by Dr. Nicole Avena on TED talks (Jan 2014), when you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.
  • The empath quiz! Are you an emotional sponge? In this online series, Dr. Judith Orloff presents a quick, easy “Are You an Empath?” quiz from her book. Discover if you are absorbing stress and negativity from others.
  • When the body says no: understanding the stress-disease connectionin part 1 and part 2 Vancouver-based Dr. Gabor Maté argues that … emotions are deeply implicated in both the development of illness and in the restoration of health … [and] makes the case that there are important links between the mind and the immune system. He found that stress and individual emotional makeup play critical roles in an array of diseases.



  • Binge Crazy: A Psychotherapist’s Memoir of Food Addiction, Mental Illness, Obesity and Recovery (Natalie Gold, Arrow Publications, 2015)
  • Salt, sugar, fat: How the food giants hooked us (Michael Moss, Random House, 2013)
  • The end of overeating:  Taking control of the insatiable North American appetite (David A. Kessler, MD, McLelland and Stewart, 2009)
  • Full, a Life Without Dieting (Michael A. Snyder, MD, FACS, Hay House, 2010)
  • When the body says no: The cost of hidden stress (Gabor Mate, MD, Random House, 2003)
  • Recovery, Freedom from our Addictions (Russell Brand, Henry Holt & Co, 2017)
  • The artist’s way:  A spiritual path to higher creativity (Julia Cameron, Tarcher/Putnam, 1992)
  • You can heal your life (Louise Hay, Hay House Inc., 1984)
  • Rewire your brain for love (Marsha Lucas, Hay House Inc., 2013)



Substance abuse / process addiction links

  • What the bleep do we know – An edited clip from the documentary film What the Bleep Do We Know talking about addictions to emotional states.
  • Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) – Canada’s largest addiction and mental health teaching hospital, provides research, policy, publications and education related to addictions and mental health issues
  • Canadian Harm Reduction Network – an afflilation of individuals and organizations working to reduce the social, health, and economic harms linked to drugs and drug policies on a local, national and international level, as well as advocating to change drug policy and law reform.
  • Drugs, Brains & Behavior: The Science of Addiction  website sponsored by the American-based National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • The Addiction Journal – online publication by the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) to alcohol and other drugs, UK
  • Alcoholics Anonymous, Toronto (AA) the original 12-step self-help program for those who suffer from alcohol abuse
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
  • Cocaine Anonymous  (CA)
  • Other addiction resources … (here)


Gestalt links

  • Gestalt Institute of Toronto (GIT) – training programs, workshops, and therapy (through the Gestalt Clinic) are available
  • Gestalt therapy – this article by noted author and practitioner Gary Yonteff is one of the best introductions to Gestalt therapy
  • Gestalt News & Notes website hosts a joint publication between The Gestalt Journal Press and The Gestalt Network, with news and events from around the world
  • Gestalt Therapy Pagewebsite with the latest news from the world of Gestalt therapy


Other links

    • Paul Grignon Art: website of Moonfire Studio, featuring work by Paul Grignon, artist, designer and creator of the renown Money as Debt series of DVDs