Well here we are again NZ, in level 4 lockdown. We know it can be extremely challenging for people with eating disorders during COVID lockdown. Regardless of the eating disorder, a lockdown seems to provide triggers and an environment that are especially taxing. We know from research done overseas that factors like reduced stock at supermarkets can…

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Our team are back on-site and able to send and receive spit kits. If you have an unreturned kit at home and are not at alert level 4, we’d love for you to send it back! If you would like to participate in EDGI,  we welcome you to click the ‘Take our survey’ button on…

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Though often in the news, eating disorders are poorly understood. When thinking about eating disorders, people usually think of anorexia nervosa or sometimes bulimia nervosa, but rarely about the most prevalent eating disorder, binge-eating disorder (BED). In fact, many people have BED, but are unaware that they have a common and treatable condition. People affected…

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Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder you have never heard of. Studies estimate that 2-3.5% of the population suffer from this disorder, compared to ~1% for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. BED is characterised by an excessive intake of food, without regular purging or other compensatory behaviours (like vomiting, laxative use,…

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Mukbang, which translates to ‘eating show’, refers to an online trend in which hosts share video recordings of themselves eating large quantities of food. Videos of this genre originated in South Korea as early as 2010 before being introduced to mainstream American YouTube channels in around 2015. Mukbang has since seen a rapid increase in…

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K-Pop, short for Korean popular music, has a growing international following. Not only does K-Pop have a distinct sound, but it is often packaged with captivating visuals like choreographed dance routines, colourful outfits, and vibrant music videos. K-Pop’s passionate fans gather online and in person to share stories about their favourite K-pop stars, often referred…

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The unprecedented consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have meant that majority of the population have been working from, and confined to their homes for many months on end. Throughout the pandemic, our social media channels have become increasingly flooded with content emphasising the importance of staying active, with tips on the best exercises to do…

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A new study reveals systemic gaps in the health system make it more difficult for Maori people with eating disorders to access specialist support services. EDGI Co-lead investigator, Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, Dr Jenny Jordan, contributed to the Eating disorders in New Zealand: Implications for Māori and Health Service Delivery study. The study found…

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Originally published here and written by Cynthia M. Bulik Ph.D Being fairly long-in-the-tooth in the eating disorders field, I have spent many hours looking at pictures and videos shared with me, or posted by parents and family members who have lost a loved one to an eating disorder. The images capture the stark comparison of who they were…

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The ‘End Eating Disorders’ podcast has today (2 November 2020) launched. “There is always hope” – that’s the simple message for eating disorder sufferers at the heart of a brand new podcast, End Eating Disorders, hosted by Sunshine Coast-based Millie Thomas, who battled Anorexia Nervosa for 15 years and is now a certified Eating Disorder…

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