Category Archives: Families

Carers of eating disorder patients face dual challenge _ they need care too

Caring for somebody who has a mental illness is challenging, exhausting, worrying and life changing in equal measures; but when you care for a loved one suffering an eating disorder you must rise to the dual challenges of meeting the physical and emotional needs of a sick loved one. Louise Sezgin of Plymouth Eating Disorders Support Group, […]

Professional woman in her forties, starving – what can her best friend do? Act

Watching a dear friend descend into the hell of an eating disorder can cause feelings of utter helplessness – what to do, how to help? When her friend developed anorexia nervosa more than 12 months ago, Judy Baulch was feeling ‘absolutely powerless’. “Helplessness was accompanied by frustration and disbelief as the cracks my friend had fallen through in the […]

Teeth literally crumbled out of my mouth: how ED can cause a dental debacle

If you have an eating disorder, feel no shame and tell your dentist. This is the message from Holly, who is sharing her story to emphasise the importance of dental care when suffering an eating disorder.  For many years, Holly had nothing to smile about. This is Holly’s story: I was parentless and lost everything by age […]

Binge eat? A self-help guide for sufferers and carers

If you binge eat or have bulimia, this new book will help you map your way to freedom: AED Forum Newsletter, Book Review Corner Peter Doyle, AED Book Reviewer Getting Better Bite by Bite: A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders (Second Edition) by Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure, and June Alexander (Routledge, […]

Tribute to my bestest friend who stuck by me…when others walked away

This story is about friendship, a bond that knows no bounds. Helen created the word ‘bestest’. It sums up our friendship perfectly. We met at the Lindenow district primary school sports day in 1962. Two shy sixth grade girls, from separate one-room schools, Fernbank and Woodglen. We exchanged names and found we would both attend […]

Family, friends, health and peace _ giving thanks this Christmas

The joy and meaning of Christmas, and gratefulness for family, friends and supportive health system, makes my heart sing loudly this year. Four months in hospital, due to spinal cord and kidney ailments, gave me plenty of time to think about life, and how precious it is. I extend appreciation to my children, grand children, […]

Dear Mother, the eating disorder took so much from us

Dear Mum, I hope the Internet reaches to Heaven, because this post is especially for you. I wish we had had the chance to know each other better. The eating disorder took so much from us. Love always, June Thank you, www.mamamia.com for helping to raise awareness that sufferers of anorexia can make their experience […]

Fear no more: get fierce at Australia’s At Home with Eating Disorders Conference

Move over Eating Disorders, you undercover bully, invisible master of disguise. Your secret is out. You don’t scare us any more. Vacate, right now. You have been warned. Note this in your diary: Melbourne, May 29-30, 2015. D-Day.  Our message is loud, and clear: We no longer live alone, in fear of you. We stand united. We are […]

Grandparents can gain freedom from eating disorders too

Eating disorders occur at every age. Scientists don’t know the specific cause, but latest research suggests genetics plays a sizeable hand…around 50 per cent influence or more. It’s almost enough to say ‘well, it’s in the family; there is nothing I can do’. Ah, but there is plenty you can do! Today I had the […]

You did not cause the eating disorder but you can help the healing

An eating disorder can be confusing for not only the person with the illness, but for their family and friends. If unaware, family members can get caught up in the eating disorder behaviours, and inadvertently support the eating disorder rather than their loved one. Knowledge is power, for often the person with the eating disorder […]