Welcome to the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Lab (HEAL)

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Welcome to the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Lab (HEAL)


The primary aims of the HEAL Lab are to investigate the psychosocial aspects of disordered eating across the weight spectrum, and to develop evidence-based treatments to improve eating behaviours and overall wellbeing.

Research Focus

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Readiness for Change and Motivational Interviewing

Individuals with disordered eating often feel ambivalent about making changes to their eating because their current eating behaviours are rewarding in some way or serve important functions in their lives.

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Obesity and Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric (weight loss) surgery is currently considered the most effective treatment for severe obesity. However, the long-term effects of bariatric surgery on weight loss, physical health, and psychological health are highly variable.

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Disordered Eating Across the Weight Spectrum

Disordered eating refers to a variety of maladaptive eating behaviours such as dietary restriction, dietary restraint, binge eating, emotional overeating, grazing, and loss of control over eating. In some cases, disordered eating can lead to eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

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News Grid

Special Issue on Clinical Utility of Food Addiction

July 13, 2021

Dr. Stephanie Cassin and Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam were Guest Editors for a special issue on the Clinical Utility of Food...

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Dr. Cassin Receives Scholarly, Research, and Creative Activity (SRC) Award

December 31, 2020

Dr. Cassin received a Ryerson University Dean’s Scholarly, Research, and Creative Activity (SRC) Award in 2020.

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