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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
By Lauren Muhlheim
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.
By Lauren Muhlheim
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 It is believed many men and boys are not receiving the treatment they need due to outdated ideas about who is affected by eating disorders and stigma.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!