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September 2021 Newsletter

EDANZ Newsletter September 2021

In this issue...

  • Externalizing an Eating Disorder: When, Why, and How Do You Do That and Who is "Ed" Anyway?
  • How our female rowers ate more and triumphed
  • EDANZ Annual General Meeting - 28 September 2021
  • Upcoming support meetings


Message from the Chair


The team at EDANZ are sending our very best wishes to our fellow New Zealanders as we stay home and remain in our bubbles to eradicate this devious virus. Special thanks and aroha to those in Auckland; we are grateful to you for the extra sacrifice you are making on behalf of us all. 

We know uncertainty can increase anxiety and living in lockdown can put extra pressure on individuals who are struggling with an eating disorder and, of course, families. Last year’s lockdown brought a dramatic increase in the number of families contacting us for support and this latest lockdown has been similar. EDANZ volunteers are here for you. We are ready to listen, provide words of encouragement and hope, and we have a wealth of useful resources – please call us at any time and we will return your call as soon as possible.

The first two resources provided below are of interest to all, and the third provides information and advice for those supporting a loved one struggling with bulimia nervosa. The EDANZ website contains further information and resources and we encourage you also to check out the FEAST website for the latest knowledge of eating disorders and their treatment.

On 28 September at 6pm we will be holding the EDANZ Annual General Meeting by Zoom. All are welcome – please register by clicking on the RSVP button at the end of this newsletter. 

Kia kaha


Externalizing an Eating Disorder: When, Why, and How Do You Do That and Who is “Ed” Anyway?

From Eating Disorder Therapy LA

Externalizing an eating disorder is a therapeutic strategy that became more widely known through Jenni Schaefer’s book Life Without Ed, cowritten with her therapist Thom Rutledge. 

Find out more

Anorexia Anxiety webinar

How our female rowers ate more and triumphed

From Newsroom

After discovering most of our top female rowers were at risk of RED-S syndrome, Rowing NZ and its coaches helped the athletes take up a challenge to eat more. The glittering results in Tokyo speak for themselves. 

Find out more

DBT Distress Tolerance Skills

Supporting Your Loved One Struggling with Bulimia Nervosa

Learn about Bulimia Nervosa and supporting your loved one. A webinar offered by FEAST, free of charge Wednesday, 15 September at 7:00am (NZ time).


EDANZ Eating Disorders Association of NZ



Tuesday 28 September 2021

Via Zoom (RSVP for link)


  • Present
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of AGM 2020 
  • 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.

We're now alternating monthly between evening and daytime meetings.

Upcoming 2021 Dates:

September: Monday 27th, 7pm 

October: Friday 25th, 12pm

November: Monday 27th, 7pm

December: Friday 17th, 12pm

More information can be found on our website Parent/Carer Support Groups page

Remember: EDANZ helpline is open throughout all Covid Alert Levels – 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.

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 â€“ 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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