From the Journal of Eating Disorders
This study, published earlier this year, used Kaupapa Māori methods to explore the experiences of Māori living with eating disorders. The authors conclude that more education is needed about the diversity of those with eating disorders to enable them to look beyond the stereotype, and to take seriously the concerns of whaiora and whānau who present with disordered eating concerns.
“I had this feeling like I’d be judged more because I am Māori and Māori should – we like to eat lots and we shouldn’t have any issues around food.”
From The Spinoff
The systemic barriers facing Māori living with eating disorders is further discussed in this article from 2020.
“There’s a common belief and assumption that Māori don’t get eating disorders, however, there is no basis for this belief … I think this perception may create barriers for whānau and clinicians to recognise eating disorder symptoms and advocate for care.”
Eating disorders are being increasingly recognised in children under 12. This article discusses some of the lesser-known eating disorder diagnoses that are more common in children
“Setting the course for a healthy relationship with food will benefit your child’s entire life. So even if you are uncertain whether there may be a problem, it never hurts to reach out to professionals. Whom can you talk to today to get help for your child?”
A nice reflection piece on body positivity vs body neutrality – the latter being more achievable for many of us.
Body Neutrality "offers a safe place to rest as you exit body hatred, without putting pressure on you to somehow magically love every iota of your body and self. Body neutrality invites us to understand ourselves and others as whole human beings first, and to form our concept of worth, value, and identity around a person’s internal self instead of their external self."
"The ongoing support our family has received from EDANZ has been a vital in the recovery process of our daughter's anorexia. Having a parent who has experienced this journey and has offered stories of recovery has been invaluable to us during difficult times. Resourcing given along with facts and information about the disease has also helped us enormously." – Kate