Monthly Archives: August 2013

Body image and eating disorders – on the same track?

A keynote speech on body image at the annual conference of Australia’s peak body for eating disorder professionals left me wondering, ‘are we on the right track?’ If we are, which deserves most focus, the body image or the eating disorder? No offence to the vibrant speaker, UK psychoanalyst Dr Susie Orbach, who describes herself […]

Donating blood to find a cure for Anorexia Nervosa – makes my life count

It’s positively heartwarming to watch how motivated people with histories of anorexia are to contribute to this study and help us crack the code of this devastating disorder. So many people are saying they will do anything to help prevent others from going through the living hell that anorexia put them through. We are so […]

Breaking Free from the Illness that Hides

I sat in the doctor’s consulting room, not knowing where to start sharing my problems of the past 18 years. The spectacled, middle-aged male MD gazed across his desk. At age 29, I was at the lowest of lows. Rock bottom. I could not see any way out of this dark hole. I had tried, […]

It’s not like you have cancer or any life threatening illness – family doctor

“It’s not like you have cancer or any life threatening illness …. See you in four weeks.” – GP in Australian town, August 2013 This is 2013 and here is a family doctor who does not understand the seriousness of Anorexia Nervosa. This doctor is not alone in his ignorance (surely it must be ignorance). […]

Life-writing is candy for my soul

My friendship with the written word began as soon as I could hold a pen. By the time I was 11 years old, and developing Anorexia Nervosa, I had started to keep a diary. Fifty years later, I continue to keep a diary. Taking 10 to 20 minutes each day to sit and write about […]

You look lovely in that dress – does a trigger go off?

‘You look lovely in that dress – it highlights your tiny waist.’ Do you respond: ‘Thank you, this dress is one of my favorites. As for my waist, I can thank my genes for that.’ And think nothing more of it. Hopefully. But if you have an eating disorder, the internal dialogue may be: ‘See, […]