Binge drinking quantities on the rise in teens

By Georgina Lavan  Source: College Binge Drinking Earlier this week, Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute provided new research into teenage binge drinking habits and the results are mixed. There has been a decline in the number of teens who are binge drinking in Australia. However, the heaviest teen drinkers in the country are consuming … Continued

Ban this disgraceful ‘anorexia hoodie’, Amazon

Source: BBC Amazon is rightly under fire, for currently selling a shocking hoodie. Described as an ‘anorexia styling hoodie for women’ it is sold on the company’s US website by a third party retailer for $25.88 and exhibits the slogan “Anorexia: Like Bulimia except with self-control”. “This product is completely unacceptable” says BodyMatter’s Director Sarah … Continued

The rise and fall of Belle Gibson

By Georgie Lavan Former wellness blogger and con artist Belle Gibson has been handed down a $410,000 fine for profiting off false claims that she had and was able to cure her brain cancer through natural remedies and nutrition. The decision made in the Federal Court will see The Whole Pantry founder donate this money … Continued

Men Aren’t Immune to an Eating Disorder

By Tim Fulton Source: Executive style Eating disorders are more commonly experienced by females but this doesn’t mean that men are immune. Men also experience factors that increase the likelihood of developing an eating disorder, such as body image concerns. However, the perception that an eating disorder is a ‘woman’s problem’ can sometimes deter boys … Continued

Signs of Compulsive Exercise

By Tim Fulton We often think of certain things as black or white, good or bad. Exercise is no different. Normally, we associate exercise as being good for you, but there are instances where excessive or unhealthy attitudes towards exercise can be detrimental to physical health and psychological well-being. Compulsive exercise, also referred to exercise … Continued

Media guidelines for discussing eating disorders

The media plays an important role in educating people about eating disorders. This is a responsibility that needs to be taken seriously. Similarly, when we “non journalists” talk about eating disorders we need to be careful about the messaging and narratives we perpetuate and portray. Some general guidelines are as follows: Dos… Consider including a … Continued

SBS Insight: The Health Obsession

Last week SBS Insight covered an important topic that we experience regularly with many of our clients at BodyMatters- when the innocent “pursuit of health” becomes dangerous. So many of our clients developed disordered eating when attempts increase health giving behaviour actually did the opposite. Quite simply, what often starts out as restricting foods for “health benefits” … Continued

Challenging stigma with recovery stories

In her Honours Thesis, our Intern Psychologist Emma Sheens undertook research on the impact of challenging the stigma of anorexia through sharing stories of recovery. We were delighted to see Emma present on this topic at the recent Australia New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders conference in Sydney on August 1 & 2. This research explored the impact that recovery … Continued

Should Orthorexia be it’s own diagnosis? Calling all health professionals!

  What are the experiences and attitudes of health professionals about Orthorexia Nervosa? Researchers at The University of New South Wales, BodyMatters Australasia, Maastricht University in the Netherlands and NorthBay Healthcare in the US are seeking volunteer research participants to learn about the experiences and attitudes of health practitioners regarding “orthorexia”, a potential ‘health food eating disorder’. The … Continued

The Health Obsession

Tonight at 8.30pm SBS Insight will be showcasing an important forum on Orthorexia, featuring our Psychologist Sarah McMahon. We would love your feedback! Sarah spoke on this issue on ABC radio earlier this year, you can listen to this podcast here.   Picture credit: SBS Insight Facebook page