Why is I’m A Celebrity promoting weight loss?

By Georgina Lavan Source: Wikipedia First things first, I am not a viewer, nor a fan of the Channel Ten show “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here”. This did require me to do a bit of research to find out what the show was about. What drove me to write this were the … Continued

What is muscle dysmorphia?

By Remie Jaggard Muscle dysmorphia (MD) is a subtype of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Like other forms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, the individual selectively focuses their attention on a specific flaw – one which is either minor, or imagined. Individuals with MD are typically preoccupied with thoughts surrounding their appearance, and in particular their muscularity. MD … Continued

Why Do I Swell Up? Dehydration, Edema, and the Effects of Purging (Vomiting, Laxatives, and/or Diuretics)

Reposted from Eating Disorders Blog with permission. Adapted from original article by Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani. As you all know—and hopefully the rest of the world understands better after National Eating Disorder Awareness Week—eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes. Those who purge—either through vomiting or laxative/diuretic abuse—might meet criteria for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or … Continued

Male body dysmorphia

By Georgina Lavan Source: Gym Buzz Body image issues in males are often a silent subject when women are so readily criticized in the media. However, reported cases in Australia continue to rise as the ideal vision of masculinity is continually chased by the male community. It has been reported that one in 10 men … Continued

How to: Make your own self-soothing sensory kit

By Georgina Lavan  Self-soothing is a distress tolerance skill learnt in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Its aim is to alleviate distress through comforting and nurturing oneself when experiencing a crisis. A self-soothing sensory kit is designed to be accessible when someone is experiencing heightened emotions or distress. Self-soothing is done using the five senses – sight, … Continued

RecoverED

By Emma Sheens Can you fully recover from an eating disorder? Yes. Absolutely. Without a doubt. Often people struggling with an eating disorder (ED) feel defeated, hopeless, confused and uncertain about whether or not full recovery can ever be reached. The label of an ‘eating disorder’, which comes about through receiving a diagnosis, can also … Continued

Courage and Strength on your Journey

By Maria Ganci My name is Maria Ganci and I am a registered Clinical Social Worker and Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist with over 30 years’ experience of working with families. Twelve years ago I developed an interest in working with adolescents suffering from Anorexia Nervosa and decided to specialise in the area. I was fortunate … Continued

iTunes Selling Children’s Games Promoting Plastic Surgery

Source: iTunes By Georgina Lavan Apple and Android apps are receiving backlash from child and body image experts regarding their marketing of cosmetic surgery apps for children. The games, featuring colourful cartoon patients, give users the opportunity to “enhance beauty” by slicing, sculpting and sucking their patient through procedures including nose jobs, face lifts, tummy … Continued