Ortho-what? When the pursuit of health becomes unhealthy

Have you heard the term “orthorexia”? Although an unofficial diagnosis, this term was coined by Steven Bratman in 1997 to describe anorexia –like symptoms, applied to the pursuit of health, rather than weight loss. Ironically in orthorexia the pursuit of health itself becomes so extreme, it becomes the very source of compromised health. Orthorexia is not currently considered … Continued

At Home with Eating Disorders Conference 2017

By Georgina Lavan Source: Twitter The At Home with Eating Disorders Conference is being held on May 12-13 at the Novotel at Olympic Park in Sydney, featuring keynote speakers Professor Janet Treasure OBE, Professor Stephen Touyz and Dr Roxanne Rockwell. The conference is designed for parents and carers of those suffering from an eating disorder, … Continued

Sarah makes an appearance on SBS’ Insight

By Georgina Lavan Our very own Sarah McMahon, psychologist and director of BodyMatters, made an appearance on SBS’ Insight, discussing how plastic surgery is becoming normalised in adolescents and young adults. The forum focused on clients who had experienced plastic surgery of various natures, as well as medical and clinical opinions about the rise of … Continued

13 things that are sure to make you feel crap about your body…

By Sarah McMahon Compare yourself with others, and focus on their “good bits” Engage in “body checking” behaviour, such as weighing yourself regularly and gazing in mirrors or indeed any reflective surface you pass by; pull out your “skinny jeans” every time you might have put on weight Surround yourself with celebrity culture and advertising … Continued

Five Apps to Practice Mindfulness

By Sarah McMahon When was the last time you really took notice of what you were doing and brought yourself back to the present moment? Life presents with us a myriad of distractions- including relationships, social media, our phones. Add disordered eating into the mixture and suddenly our mind can become very noisy! Mindfulness is … Continued

116 New Years goals that don’t involve weight loss

By Sarah McMahon As we begin yet another year it is normal (and healthy!) to reflect on the year that has gone by and consider our hopes and dreams for the year to come. It is easy to fall into the trap of wanting weight loss (what ever our weight might be!). But of course, as the statistics … Continued

19 tips to help you survive Christmas

By BodyMatters therapist Sarah McMahon It would be rare for us to have a client who isn’t worried about Christmas. Here are our top tips to help you manage the holiday period. Write a list of all the things you are worried about. Eating in front of people, Christmas parties with “finger food”, unpredictable meal … Continued