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

Coronavirus (Covid-19) support... we're here for you

The EDANZ team recognises that anxiety levels are rising exponentially in the face of this pandemic. Families dealing with eating disorders are already under significant stress and we know these uncertain times add a whole heap of new worries into the mix. 

We want to reassure you that our helpline is continuing to support you, even (or especially) if you are in isolation. Don't suffer in silence – EDANZ is here for you. Contact us for advice and we'll help each other get through this developing crisis. 

More on our Pandemic Support Page >

You may also find this link helpful:

Eating Disorder Treatment in a Pandemic: F.E.A.S.T. Responds

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 »

Conferences coming up

International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), Sydney, 11-13 June 

EDANZ is an exhibitor at next year's ICED Conference which will be held in Sydney, Australia on June 11-13, 2020 bringing together over 1,000 clinicians, researchers and students. Co-hosted by the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED), the conference will take place in the gorgeous, ultra-modern International Convention Centre Sydney, situated in Darling Harbour.

ICED 2020 Early Bird Registration is officially open!

Pay now. Pick your sessions later!

FEAST of Knowledge 2020, Sydney, 14 June 

We urge you to consider attending FEAST of Knowledge, the one-day conference for carers to be held in Sydney on Sunday 14 June next year. Save the date, more details to come! 

This link  takes you to information about this year's event which was held in New York.

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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