November 2020 Newsletter

In this issue...

  • Message from the Chair
  • Parental alignment in FBT
  • Cynthia Bulik on the cause of eating disorders and her research
  • Understanding and responding to your youngster's fear: A metaphor
  • Burnout and how to complete the stress cycle
  • Upcoming support meetings

Message from the Chair

EDANZ are continuing to see a high demand for our support services. We remain concerned about timely access to treatment. We’ve reached out to the Ministry of Health and are collaborating with clinicians in the DHBs and private providers to make improvements in access to, and outcomes from treatment. We are also looking at ways we can work with the new Government to gain a commitment to positive change.

The ongoing rise in demand has also seen an increase in news coverage about eating disorders. I was recently interviewed by TVNZ as part of a story which you can view at this link:

Next week we are holding our first support and information meeting for parents of young people who are in Wellington Hospital with eating disorders. This is an excellent example of how we can support clinicians’ work by providing information and messages of hope for parents and caregivers who looking after young people in hospital.

A support group meeting for parents in Christchurch will be held in the next few weeks – we'll send a notice out, and post on the EDANZ website just as soon as date and location are confirmed.

Regular carer support groups via Zoom continue, so wherever you are in the country you can join others for understanding, ideas and support. Remember we are always available to chat on the phone – if you leave a message we will get back to you – and if you would like to meet up with one of the EDANZ support team who are currently based in Wellington, Auckland, Nelson or Whangarei, we are happy to make time to catch up for a coffee.

Nicki Wilson
for EDANZ Support Team

Nicki Wilson, EDANZ Chair

Parental alignment in FBT

You and your partner are each other's greatest assets in helping your child overcome their eating disorder.

The cause of eating disorders

Cynthia Bulik on the cause of eating disorders and her research (podcast)

Dr. Cynthia Bulik, shares her insight and knowledge on the causes of eating disorders and the information her team has gleaned from their amazing research in the field.

Understanding your youngster's fear

Understanding and responding to your youngster's fear: A metaphor

Parents usually get the best results when they are like the zip-line attendants: calm, empathising with the fear, and never engaging the source of the fear (in this case, the eating disorder).

Burnout and how to complete the stress cycle

Brené Brown with Emily and Amelia Nagoski on burnout and how to complete the stress cycle (podcast)

Burnout. We're all experiencing it and we're all desperate for a way through it. In this episode, I talk to Drs. Emily and Amelia Nagoski about what causes burnout, what it does to our bodies, and how we can move through the emotional exhaustion. This has been a game-changer for me and for my family!

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.

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

2020 Dates:
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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