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March 2023 Newsletter

In this issue...

  • Message from the Chair
  • Caring for yourself and others during emergencies and disasters 
  • Eating Disorder Relapse & How to Prevent It (article and video) 
  • Why personal trainers need to know more about eating disorders 
  • Research opportunity 
  • Training event for clinicians
  • Upcoming support meetings

We would like to send our thoughts to everyone who has been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle and other serious weather events. For those of you who are dealing with this and supporting a loved one with an eating disorder, we send extra strength and words of encouragement. In this month’s newsletter, we have information about how to look after yourself and others’ mental health in times of emergencies and disasters. It includes links to where you can find help.

We also have an article and video about preventing relapse, why personal trainers need to know more about eating disorders, and if you are Auckland based, an opportunity to help with research. And a final reminder that our seminar for clinicians is coming up on 14 March. We are proud to be offering this opportunity to medical professionals working with patients with eating disorders.


Caring for yourself and others during emergencies and disasters

Caring for yourself and others during emergencies and disasters

From New Zealand Red Cross

Experiencing a disaster can be overwhelming. It’s normal for you and your whānau to feel upset and physically drained during and after an emergency event. The Red Cross website contains links to where to find help and free resources. There’s also more information and resources on the Get Ready website

Eating Disorder Relapse and How to Prevent It

Eating Disorder Relapse & How to Prevent It


by Jamie-Lee Pennesi PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate

‘Relapse’ is when someone who is in recovery goes back to disordered eating or weight control behaviours. This is different from a ‘lapse’ which is a temporary slip or return to a previous problematic behaviour (usually a one-time occurrence). It’s not uncommon for people who have recovered from an eating disorder to relapse. 

Find out more

Video on Preventing Relapse
(8 minutes long)


by Dr Sarah Ravin

Watch the video

Why personal trainers need to know more about eating disorders


Why personal trainers need to know more about eating disorders

From The Spinoff

With minimal education required around nutrition and eating disorders, some personal trainers are giving clients diet advice that could exacerbate a serious illness.

Read more

An opportunity to take part in research

Gut Bugs in anorexia nervosa

Auckland University’s Liggins Institute is looking for young women between the ages of 16 and 25 who have anorexia nervosa.

More details


Introduction to TBT-S 

EDANZ is delighted to announce that international expert Dr Laura Hill, PhD, FAED is offering a one-day introduction to TBT-S in Auckland at the Greenlane Clinical Centre on Tuesday, 14 March 2023. This event is for clinicians. For more information and to register, visit the event page.

Read More / Register

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 alternate monthly between evening and daytime meetings.

Upcoming 2023 meetings:

    March 13, 7-8pm

    April 14, 12-1pm

    May 15, 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 has reached unprecedented levels, but sadly donations are down as the pandemic has hit Kiwis hard over the past two years.

If you can, please consider donating to EDANZ

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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