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Understand the causes and symptoms of eating disorders, whether your loved one is suffering from anorexia, bulimia or another form of eating disorder.
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...
Eating disorders are multi-faceted and complex to treat, but full recovery is possible at any stage.
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.
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'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 »
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.)
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.