For carer support, call us today: 0800 2 EDANZ or (09) 5222 679

August 2021 Newsletter

In this issue...

  • FEAST Blog: Wise, practical advice for when a loved one becomes violent
  • Webinar: Is Anorexia Nervosa an Eating Disorder? How Anxiety Inhibits Eating
  • Webinar: DBT Distress Tolerance Skills of Half-Smiling and Willing Hands
  • Study: Costs of Eating Disorders in NZ
  • Upcoming support meetings


Message from the Chair


Whatever stage your loved one is at in eating disorder treatment and recovery, we urge you every day to take time to pause, breathe, gain strength, gather support and continue to LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN about the latest knowledge of eating disorders and their treatment. Below are some great webinars and writings from FEAST, providing you with information as well as skills. You may also be interested to read a summary of the results of a NZ study into the experience and cost of caring for loved one with an eating disorder, contributed to by EDANZ and published in the latest international Journal of Eating Disorders.

EDANZ continue to advocate for better access to early evidence-based treatment for eating disorders. You may have seen and heard the articles in various media over recent weeks. We are grateful to the people who are sharing their stories and the journalists who are giving attention to the serious and urgent need for improved services for individuals and families all around the country.

Sending warm wishes and strength to you all

Nicki Wilson
Chair, EDANZ


FEAST Blog Post: De-escalation and violence in FBT

Wise, practical advice for when a loved one becomes violent

FEAST Webinars:

Anorexia Anxiety webinar

DBT Distress Tolerance Skills

DBT Distress Tolerance Skills of Half-Smiling and Willing Hands

Costs of Eating Disorders in NZ Study

Study: Costs of Eating Disorders in NZ

A qualitative study from the Costs of Eating Disorders in New Zealand project has just been published in the Journal of Eating Disorders.

You can read the full paper here

Nine carers of those with eating disorders were interviewed about their perspectives and experiences. They described the both the eating disorder and treatment having profound impacts across many facets of carers’ lives, both during and beyond the treatment journey. 

For carers, ‘normal’ life was profoundly impacted by the complicated and often unanticipated role of treatment provider, and navigating the maze of treatment while trying to understand the diagnosis itself. Relationships were significantly affected by the demands of treatment and the serious consequences of the disorder as well as misunderstandings and stigma related to eating disorders. A ‘new normal’ state of constant worry and increased vigilance defined life post-diagnosis. These carers described the he impacts of an ED diagnosis in a loved one, and the demands of assuming the role of treatment provider as life-changing. For these carers ‘life is different now’.

Many thanks to these carers who eloquently told their stories and also to the many others, including EDANZ members, who did the online survey for us on this project. Further papers are being drafted currently. We will inform you of further findings as they become available. For further information, please contact

EDANZ Support Group Meetings

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.

We're now alternating monthly between evening and daytime meetings.

Upcoming 2021 Dates:

August: Friday 27th, 12pm 

September: Monday 27th, 7pm 

October: Friday 25th,12pm

November: Monday 27th, 7pm

More information can be found on our website Parent/Carer Support Groups page

Remember: EDANZ helpline is open throughout all Covid Alert Levels – please don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a message on the phone 0800 2 EDANZ and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you are concerned about the safety of someone, please ring 111 or go to the Emergency Department of your nearest hospital.

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. 

Make a Donation

Thank you for your donations!