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

Pregorexia

By Georgina Lavan Resource: Diets in Review A friend of mine recently gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl. When she first announced that she was pregnant, everyone was ecstatic for her. The usual questions were asked by all: “How’s everything going?” “Do you know if you’re having a boy or a girl?” “Have you … Continued

Support for carers

At BodyMatters we recognise the isolating and frightening experience that carers- parents, partners, siblings and children- experience when their loved one is experiencing an eating disorder. We commend to you this upcoming workshop to be held in Sydney. More information is available here: ANZAED carer workshop

Might as well face it, you’re addicted to love

By Georgina Lavan Source: Today We all grew up with the ideal TV couple in mind when it comes to romance and relationships. Whether you identified with Pacey and Joey, Chuck and Blair, Ross and Rachel or Big and Carrie, we watched on as these couples went through the dramatic highs and lows of getting … Continued

Attack of the bridezillas

By Georgina Lavan Source: Irish Wedding Blog Over the years of wedding seasons, I’ve watched couples go from one extreme to the next when it comes to outdoing each other with their weddings. Destination weddings, multiple hens’ parties and choreographed performances have been part of the celebrations I’ve been to for what is a day … Continued

Interested in sharing your story?

 An important narrative for recovery that many sufferers construct is around using the experience of having had an eating disorder to support other people in recovery. If this is something you or a loved one has concluded, now might be your opportunity to help others. SBS Insight is a discussion forum bringing together people with first hand, personal … Continued

WTF WHAT THE HEALTH!

By Tim Fulton Source: What the health film  Over the past few months, Netflix has released a number controversial series and movies including ‘13 Reasons Why’ and ‘To the Bone’. Both of these were criticised for capitalising on serious mental health issues by dramatizing them for entertainment. Now, a trending documentary on Netflix, ‘What the Health,’ … Continued

Sports Illustrated Make a Body Image Splash at Miami Fashion Week

By Georgina Lavan  Source: News.com.au Sports Illustrated Magazine is famously associated with the supermodels when they release their annual swimsuit edition. Think Tyra Banks, Kate Upton, Gigi Hadid and Chrissy Teigen as some of the magazine cover alum over the years – women who by modelling standards have curves in all the right places. So … Continued