August 2020 Newsletter

It's hard to say whether this year has gone past incredibly quickly or has dragged on interminably... but here we are in August with most of us again experiencing a raised COVID-19 Alert Level, dealing with the challenges that brings.

The EDANZ team has gathered together some of the latest news from science and media items which we think will be of particular interest to families and those supporting someone affected by an eating disorder.

Don't forget we are still holding monthly support groups by Zoom. Scroll down for more details.

Selected Reading / Viewing


Eating disorder numbers soar post lockdown

Listen to EDANZ Chair, Nicki Wilson talk on Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan and Kellie Lavender, director and founder of the New Zealand Eating Disorder Clinic.


The times we live in

Article originally appeared on  FEAST


Is Anorexia a cultural disease?

Article from Slate online magazine


Upcoming support group meetings

EDANZ believes parents/carers have unique abilities to support one another and we hold regular meetings to which you are warmly invited. Currently, we're joining together around the country once a month thanks to Zoom videoconferencing technology. 

If you would like to participate in a virtual support group, please RSVP to  and we'll send you the link.

Time:  7:00pm-8:30pm

2020 Dates:
Monday, 24 August
As part of this meeting we will discuss refeeding – "How do I help my loved one to eat?"

Monday, 21 September
Monday, 19 October
Monday, 16 November
Monday, 14 December

Please consider donating to EDANZ

We acknowledge times are financially tight for many, but at this time there is also a corresponding increase in demand for our services. As a volunteer organisation relying totally on donations and grants to provide our services – many of which are currently self-funded – your financial support is more needed now than ever before. 

Your donation will enable us to continue our work providing support to families, education to healthcare providers and the community, and advocating for improved access to evidence-based treatment for all affected New Zealanders. 

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