Offering support, practical advice and understanding so you can help your loved one recover from an eating disorder

Eating disorders explained

Understand the causes and symptoms of eating disorders, whether your loved one is suffering from anorexia, bulimia or another form of eating disorder.

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Support services

Most people find helping their loved one on their recovery journey challenging. Many people say it is the hardest thing they have ever done. Becoming informed about EDs and connecting...

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Hope and recovery

Eating disorders are multi-faceted and complex to treat, but full recovery is possible at any stage.

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Get help now

If you believe your child or loved one is suffering from and eating disorder, visit your GP immediately and ask for a referral to an Eating Disorder specialist service. Click below for more ways we can help you.

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EDANZ: Helping the helpers

EDANZ is run by parents, caregivers, and people who have fully recovered from eating disorders. Although we don't have medical qualifications, we've experienced the challenges of eating disorders in real life.

We offer support, help and resources to people caring for loved ones with an eating disorder, but we are not able to offer treatment or medical advice for patients themselves. If you have, or are concerned you have an eating disorder, we urge you to visit your GP. Click here for advice on speaking to your GP for the first time.

If you need advice about someone you care about, get in touch now

New Free Educational Programme

F.E.A.S.T. has launched a fabulous new service call the First 30 Days – “designed to transform parents into empowered carers in 30 days”.

The goal of the programme is to change the course of a family’s caregiving journey in just 30 days through a series of daily 30 minute sessions that focus on what parents need to know, both about eating disorders and about providing effective support in recovery. The educational resources offered include written, video and audio content from F.E.A.S.T. and other trusted sources. In keeping with F.E.A.S.T.’s focus on parent support, participants have the option of contacting F.E.A.S.T.’s support team via live chat, email and phone so you can ask any questions that arise during each session.  

The service is free, and you can start at any time and use it at any stage in your family’s journey. You can follow the 30 days service by doing one lesson a day, skipping forward, or all at once: whatever works for you. 

Registration is open now!

Watch the Recording of 11 hours of
2020 FEAST of Knowledge!

"Thanks very much for what I can only describe as a potentially life changing and life saving online day of education and encouragement."

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Your tickets allow you to go back and re-watch any or all of the event's content on demand. Read more...

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It's not too late... even if you missed the live event, you can now purchase a ticket to access the videos.

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Eating Disorder Carer Support Groups

Does your loved one have an eating disorder?

If you're worried your child or loved one may have an eating disorder, there is a useful online tool to highlight common warning signs (see below). If you have any concerns, see your GP immediately. Read more »

Early detection and intervention are important 

The Feed Your Instinct (FYI) interactive tool is designed to support parents of children and young people experiencing different types of eating and/or body image problems. EDANZ recommend completing the checklist as it will clearly identify your areas of concern and aid you as you make a decision about how to act on these concerns. It is not safe to ‘watch and wait’ with possible eating disorders in a young person. The FYI checklist once completed will generate a separate printable summary for you to take to your family doctor/GP to help communicate your concerns. (NOTE: The Medical “Pathway” procedures are as implemented in Australia; The New Zealand “Pathway” may vary.)

Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible.  

If you require further guidance or support in helping your loved one with an eating disorder, we are here for you. Please don't hesitate to get in touch: 
Call our Helpline on 0800 2 EDANZ / (0800 233 269) or email us »

Participate in Research

Massey University postgraduate student researcher, Ilinka Nikolova is conducting a research project in collaboration with her supervisor, Dr Andrea LaMarre. The objective is to gain insight into NZ women's experiences of using Instagram while in eating disorder recovery.

Click here to check whether you are eligible to participate and to read more >

Project contacts

Student Researcher: Ilinka Nikolova 

Supervisor: Andrea LaMarre

Ground-breaking worldwide study results – Anorexia nervosa is both a genetic and metabolic disorder

A new worldwide study involving more than 100 researchers has proved that genetics contributes to anorexia nervosa and found a strong metabolic component to the illness.

The study which collected samples from nearly 17,000 people around the world who have had anorexia nervosa, including hundreds from New Zealand, and compared it to more than 55,000 people who haven’t ever had the illness, found that there were eight genetic variants associated with anorexia nervosa.

Nicki Wilson, EDANZ chair says it is incredibly helpful for patients and families to know that there is a biological basis for anorexia nervosa and to have a new explanatory framework to understand the illness. 

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Resources for Adults seeking help or in recovery

ROAR Reach Out and Recover is an interactive resource, developed for adults who have eating and body concerns and/or who may be at risk of developing an eating disorder. Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults was developed by Tabitha Farrar after her recovery from a ten year battle with an eating disorder. She is now dedicated to helping others (sufferers and their families) to learn as much as they can in order to recover.

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Podcast interview for parents and caregivers

Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important. Parents and caregivers may be interested in this podcast, where Tabitha Farrar talks with an 11-year-old boy about his diagnosis of anorexia, his recovery journey, and his desire and motivation to get well.

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Support EDANZ with a tee

Support EDANZ by buying a NopeSisters body love any size T-shirt . EDANZ benefits from every teeshirt sold. The tee is created to celebrate bodies of any size and encourage positive body image. EDANZ is grateful for Nopesisters ' support.

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Anorexia Nervosa Research – Exciting News!

A landmark study led by UNC School of Medicine and researchers from NZ and around the world has identified the first genetic locus for anorexia nervosa.

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EDANZ submission to the Government Mental Health Inquiry

EDANZ remains extremely concerned about the current state of eating disorder treatment in NZ. Read EDANZ's submission and the results of the survey that informed the submission.

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