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July 2023 Newsletter

In this issue...

  • Message from the Chair
  • Exercise and eating disorders
    • Your teenager says they want to ‘get in shape’ – here's what to say and when you should worry
    • How to reframe your relationship with exercise
  • In recognition of World Pride Month
    • ‘I didn't want a feminine body’: Calls for eating disorder services to better support LGBTIQ+ patients
    • How to Support LGBTQIA+ Individuals with Eating Disorders
    • Butterfly Body Pride Campaign
  • Upcoming support meetings

In this month’s newsletter, we cover two themes. Firstly, we take a look at exercise in eating disorders. It was wonderful to see a balanced and insightful Newshub article this month on navigating healthy and unhealthy exercise with teens. We have also included an article looking at our cultural approach to exercise; this is an important reminder for all of us to find the joy in movement. 

Secondly, in recognition of June being World Pride Month, we have included an Australian news story calling for improved eating disorder services for the LGBTQIA+ community, an article on how to support LGBTQIA+ individuals with an eating disorder, as well as a link to the Butterfly Foundation Body Pride campaign. 

Lastly, we would like to acknowledge that the school holidays can prove more challenging for those of you who are supporting people with eating disorders. As always, our group of volunteers are available if you need support.

Sending you good wishes and hope

Your teenager says they want to ‘get in shape’ – here's what to say and when you should worry

Your teenager wants to get in shape - when to worry

From Newshub

Some great advice for parents for navigating the topic of exercise with their teens, and where to get help. Some of the advice includes understanding their motivations for “getting in shape”, encouraging adequate fuel and nutrition when exercising, and steering away from number-based apps and metrics.  

“In a world that is always telling teens their bodies aren't good enough, what young people need most is their parents' unconditional love and acceptance – and the support to get professional help if needed.”

Read the article

How to reframe your relationship with exercise

How to reframe your relationship with exercise

By Danielle Friedman

A reminder that we don’t need to approach exercise with the  “no pain no gain”  mentality that has been drummed into our culture and that the greatest benefit comes from finding the joy in moving. Some great tips for how we can reframe our relationship with exercise.

“A useful way to determine if a workout is serving you, says McGonigal, is to ask yourself these three questions when you’re done: Do I feel better about myself? Do I feel better about the future (either your ability to face the future and/or a general sense of optimism about the world)? And do I feel better about my place in the world?”

Read the article

‘I didn't want a feminine body’: Calls for eating disorder services to better support LGBTIQ+ patients

Calls for eating disorder services to better support LGBTIQ+ patients

By Jessica Bahr
SBS News

A new Australian study is paving the way in generating greater understanding of eating disorders in the LGBTIQA+ community. In this article, Anna Rose shares their story and calls for more inclusive services.

"It wasn't until three years ago that they made the connection, and realised how their gender identity had contributed to their eating disorder.

"I always felt like I didn't want to be in a more feminine body, so I didn't miss having curves, or having my period and things like that, and I didn't understand why people were concerned about that," they said."

Read the article

How to Support LGBTQIA+ Individuals with Eating Disorders

How to Support LGBTQIA+ Individuals with Eating Disorders

From The Emily Program

This blog post not only covers some of the statistics on eating disorders in the LGBTQIA+ community, but also provides some helpful tips on supporting LGBTQIA+ individuals with an eating disorder including listening, affirming, and accepting their identity and appreciating that recovery is not one-size-fits-all.

“Much like recovery itself, supporting LGBTQIA+ people with eating disorders is an active process that requires compassion and sensitivity. To be helpful is to be inclusive, non-judgmental, and culturally competent. Care must be tailored to the needs of each person, reflecting an understanding of and respect for each person’s identity and unique life experiences.”

Read the article


Butterfly Body Pride Campaign

Butterfly Body Pride Campaign

From Butterfly

Some great information and resources for encouraging Body Pride at any time of year!

“No matter your size, shape, or identity – we all deserve to feel PRIDE in ourselves and our bodies.”

Read more


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 videoconferencing technology. 

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

We alternate monthly between evening and daytime meetings.

Upcoming meetings:

  • July 17, 7-8pm
  • August 18, 12-1pm
  • September 18, 7-8pm

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

Remember: EDANZ helpline is open throughout the year – 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.

Did you know, we receive no regular funding?

Many families have told us they consider our support to be essential and life-saving. However, we are a volunteer organisation and rely totally on donations and grants to provide our services – many of which are currently self-funded. 

Demand for our services continues to grow to unprecedented levels. With the cost pressures New Zealand is facing, donations are becoming scarce... yet they're needed more than ever before.

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