September 2020 Newsletter

The continuing situation with COVID-19 and varying alert levels is causing additional stress for families and caregivers looking after people with eating disorders. As always, we are here to support you: please call, or email and a member of the EDANZ support team will get back to you as soon as we can.

We’ve gathered together below some of the latest news from science and media items which we think will be of particular interest to families and those supporting someone affected by an eating disorder.

You are also welcome to attend one of our Zoom support groups for parents and carers. The next meeting is Monday 21 September, 7pm -8.30pm. Just send an email to and we’ll provide you with the link.

Finally, this month we're holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 22 September, also by Zoom. All welcome, wherever you are in the country! More details below.


F.E.A.S.T. 30x30 education programme for parents and carers

Registration is now open for First 30 Days – “designed to transform parents into empowered carers in 30 days”

The goal of the programme is to change the course of a family’s caregiving journey in just 30 days through a series of daily 30-minute sessions that focus on what parents need to know, both about eating disorders and about providing effective support in recovery. The educational resources offered include written, video and audio content from F.E.A.S.T. and other trusted sources. 

In keeping with F.E.A.S.T.’s focus on parent support, participants have the option of contacting F.E.A.S.T.’s support team via live chat, email and phone so you can ask any questions that arise during each session. 

The service is free, and you can start at any time and use it at any stage in your family’s journey. You can follow the 30 days service by doing one lesson a day, skipping forward, or all at once: whatever works for you. Registration is open now!


Selected Reading / Viewing

An Overview of Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder (OSFED)

By Lauren Muhlheim
From verywellmind

Despite its lack of public attention, as a catch-all category that includes a wide range of symptoms, OSFED is actually the most common eating disorder diagnosis, representing an estimated 32% to 53% of all people with eating disorders.


Eating disorders can stop you getting your period

By Lauren Muhlheim
From verywellmind

Loss of menses during an eating disorder is a significant cause for concern that is best remedied by prompt weight restoration, normalisation of eating behaviours, and sustained nutrition.


Understanding male eating disorders

By Lauren Muhlheim
From verywellmind

Currently one third of those diagnosed with an eating disorder are male. It is believed many men and boys are not receiving the treatment they need due to outdated ideas about who is affected by eating disorders and stigma. Health professionals deserve better education and patients deserve access to evidence-based treatment!


Videos from F.E.A.S.T. of Knowledge 2020

We highly recommend you find some time to watch one or both of these videos of informative sessions from the F.E.A.S.T. of Knowledge 2020 online conference:

Food is medicine (45 mins)

Distress Tolerance (49 mins)



EDANZ Eating Disorders Association of NZ


Tuesday 22 September 2020

Via Zoom (RSVP for link)


  • Present
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of AGM 2019
  • Chair report
  • Financial report
  • Election of officers
  • General Business

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, 21 September
Monday, 19 October
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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