Managing binge eating with distress tolerance

By Deborah Etienne Ward Much of the time binge eating episodes occur following the experience of distress and negative emotions. Binge eating serves as an unhelpful way to manage the feelings that we experience. For a short time after binging some people will feel better. However, in the long term binge eating leads to more negative … 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


The following blog was written by Jodi Strock as part of YBIC’s monthly column that highlights how the practice of yoga can be an integral component in the effective treatment of and on-going recovery from eating disorders and disordered eating. As a mental health professional, yogi, and someone who had once struggled with an eating disorder I wanted … Continued

The Role of Shame in Bulimia

By Madalyn Oliver Shame, a key element of Bulimia, is one of the most uncomfortable human emotions we can experience. Brene Brown, a leading researcher of shame, explains that humans have an innate need for connection and that shame is born out of the fear that we are not worthy of that connection and that … Continued

What is a Mental Health Treatment Plan and how do I get one?

By Remie Jaggard The Australian government introduced Medicare’s Better Access Initiative with the purpose of improving the treatment and management of mental illness within the Australian community. The initiative aims to increase community access to mental health professionals and team-based mental health care, with GPs encouraged to work more closely and collaboratively with psychiatrists, clinical … Continued

BodyMatters Guest Blog: Eating Disorder Hope – Resources for Recovery

by Courtney Howard Through its partnerships with various treatment centers throughout the United States and internationally, Eating Disorder Hope has become a unique online resource for those in recovery. Anyone struggling with an eating disorder or a loved one can now find an extensive treatment center directory, support group listings, a regularly updated recovery blog, … Continued

The benefits of Yoga for Eating Disorders

By Deborah Etienne-Ward Yoga offers many benefits by promoting connectedness between the mind and the body. Yoga has been said to teach individuals to discriminate between body sensations and thoughts, promote self-care, reduce stress, increase self-awareness, provide an understanding of human suffering, and generally improve quality of life for many people (Douglass, 2011). Of particular … Continued

BodyMatters welcomes co founder back from maternity leave

BodyMatters co-founder Lydia Jade Turner has returned from maternity leave and is taking on new clients again. We are thrilled to have Lydia back. She is a huge asset to BodyMatters and to the many people she has supported in recovery. A compassionate therapist, Lydia possess a unique skill set- she is the only therapist … 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

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