Eating Disorders

body dysmorphia

Body Dysmorphia and Distorted Beliefs about Appearance

There is a common saying, “you are your own worst critic”. For someone experiencing body dysmorphia, this concept is particularly relevant when it comes their judgement of their own appearance. They may focus a particular aspect of their body to a dangerous degree. Body dysmorphia and distorted beliefs about appearance are common in young adults …

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understanding binge eating disorder

Feeling full (of shame): Understanding the Impacts of Binge Eating Disorder

Binge-eating is not entirely unusual – we’ve all been guilty of it, especially during the festive season! In fact, the practice of over-indulging in food is becoming increasingly common, with research suggesting that the number of Australians who binge eat at least weekly has doubled (if not more!) since the late 1990s. While we all …

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understanding bulimia nervosa

Sick with guilt: Understanding the Impacts of Bulimia

Eating disorders are a group of mental health conditions characterised by an individual’s unhealthy eating habits. This may include a distorted relationship with food and an unhealthy preoccupation with eating, exercise and/or body shape. There are several different types of eating disorders, each with different features. However, some main elements shared between many of these …

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understanding anorexia nervosa

Dying to be Thin: Understanding the Impact of Anorexia Nervosa

Worldwide, eating disorders are estimated to affect approximately 8.4% of the female, and 2.2% of the male population, with the data suggesting that these figures are increasing. In Australia, it is estimated that approximately 4% of the population are suffering with an eating disorder at any given time. Eating disorders are a group of mental …

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