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

BodyMatters recommends: Eight blogs worth reading

By Madalyn Oliver BodyMatters have put together a list of blogs (in no particular order) that we believe may be useful in supporting you on your recovery journey. We understand that some personal narratives can be triggering due to their inclusion of numbers or descriptions that other sufferers may not identify with, so we have … Continued

Help!! Someone I love has an eating disorder!!

  By Psychologist Sarah McMahon At BodyMatters we have a constant stream of people contacting us because someone they love has an eating disorder- and they don’t quite know what to do. Unfortunately eating disorders don’t come with a manual, and so I am attempting to cover the very basics of what you should do … Continued

Please join us in welcoming Jen to the BodyMatters Team!

  When people apply for jobs at BodyMatters, or send through their resume, we are often asked what we look for in our staff. Of course excellent counselling skills, specialised experience, and a good understanding of the health based paradigm are a vital start. However the answer of what we look for in staff is, quite simply, an “x-factor”- … Continued

Skype: A New Solution to Accessing Treatment for Eating Disorders

By BodyMatters Clinical Psychologist Christie Lomas   Imagine this, your child is unwell, dying from a disease which stops her from eating and you watch her quickly fading away. You have tried local treatment approaches, however these are limited. Local clinicians are time poor and the treatment you really need for her is located hundreds of … Continued

Christmas is fun … isn't it?

Christmas can be TOUGH when you have an eating disorder…Firstly, summer in Australia means sun, surf and swimmers. So suddenly skin is exposed, which can be disconcerting when you are plagued with body shame. Furthermore, if changes in body size have occurred, this increased visibility attracts attention. This is usually unhelpful because it often results … Continued

Anorexia Kills Girls: don't say you love it

[Trigger warning for sufferers of eating disorders] Today’s post is written by BodyMatters’ friend and colleague Melinda Tankard Reist.  Melinda is the author of ‘Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls’ and social commentator.  Her post is written in  response to artist Alexsandro Palombos’ recent line of t-shirts stating ‘I heart anorexia’.  The disease destroys the lives of too … Continued

10 things not to say to someone with an eating disorder

by Lydia Jade Turner In our last post we discussed the ease at which one might accidentally distress an eating disorders sufferer by saying the wrong thing. Now, we unravel 10 comments typically made to sufferers that, despite best intentions, ultimately cause hurt and offence. Please note that all of the comments cited here are genuine and have been … Continued