The Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) is a not-for-profit, registered charity, community-based organization servicing the counties of Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton in Ontario, Canada. Since 1983, we’ve been committed to the provision of specialized treatment, education and support services for individuals affected directly and indirectly by eating disorders.
As the primary regional source for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders, BANA is a leader in the promotion and acceptance of diverse body shapes and sizes through the adoption of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Since its inception, BANA has provided services to thousands of individuals of all ages, genders and social/economic backgrounds with an ongoing case load of approximately 300 clients. In addition, we annually organize and host 250 educational health promotion presentations and programs that reach more than 20,000 children and adults.
Services are provided without age restrictions and are supported by the Ministry of Health and the Erie St. Clair LHIN.
What Are Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders (ED) are characterized by under or over eating…“Eating disorders (ED) are characterized by under or over eating, and motivations for either vary, including emotion regulation. The label ’emotional eating’ is a common term, and the actual behaviour of eating to cope with emotions is considered within the realm of eating disorders.
“Eating for emotion regulation reasons has been extensively empirically researched and is now well understood within the eating disorders.
“Thorough specialized diagnostic assessment for eating disorders is essential to guide referral for appropriate treatment.
“This specialized diagnostic assessment sometimes establishes an eating disorder diagnosis, when the patient’s personal assessment was to the contrary, and vice versa. In either case, the diagnosis allows for referral to the appropriate treatment.”
Dr. Josee Jarry
personal communication, 2009