If you've experienced trauma you could be at risk for an eating disorder
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by Butterfly Foundation
3w ago
We should let you know that this episode discusses sexual abuse and comes with a trigger warning. It's about trauma, which is an individual’s response to an event or series of events that have deeply disturbed their sense of safety, security, or well-being.   While research shows a clear intersection between trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and eating disorders, too few health professionals include trauma therapy in their practice. Why? They’re concerned that by opening the “trauma box” there’ll be a worsening of symptoms or relapse.  The problem is that this ..read more
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In Depth with Harvard’s change maker Professor S. Bryn Austin
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by Butterfly Foundation
2M ago
This month we’re talking to a distinguished social epidemiologist and behavioural scientist at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Her name is Professor Bryn Austin, and her research focuses on public health approaches to eating disorders. Our conversation begins with an overview of the web that connects consumer culture, corporate exploitation, and the pervasive influence of diet culture on body image. “We’ve known for decades how harmful the consumer marketplace can be with diet culture, the diet industry, diet pills and supplements, and all the negative body image pressures that ..read more
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ANZAED 23: Still more to learn from the latest in research
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by Butterfly Foundation
4M ago
At the recent Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders conference on the Gold Coast, we spoke to experts about new and groundbreaking insights into eating disorders. This episode is the second in a series of two.   Dr Simon Wilksch unpacks his work around the significant financial and emotional costs that families face when caring for children with eating disorders and, to improve outcomes, why he recommends that parents and caregivers receive support too.  Monash’s Courney McLean talks about the complex relationship between vegetarianism, veganism, and eating disorders ..read more
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In depth with lived experience advocate Shannon Calvert
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by Butterfly Foundation
5M ago
The key to understanding any mental illness is to listen to those who have been through it. Not only can the voices of those with lived experience of an eating disorder help those who are currently impacted, but they also, importantly, serve to educate the health professionals who will provide care.  The evidence is clear: Services that are co-designed with those who know their own situation will always have the best chance of success.   That’s why the voice of lived experience is being embedded in most new treatment initiatives, including the recently launched and much heralded Nati ..read more
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In depth with former helpline manager Juliette Thomson on person-centred recovery
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by Butterfly Foundation
7M ago
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-V–also known as the psychiatrist’s bible–there are only four official diagnoses for eating disorders. Though experts expect that number to double in the next edition, the reasons someone might develop or maintain an eating disorder are as variable as the number of people affected.    This is because eating disorders are not just a set of behaviours. They are a way of coping with difficult things.   Psychologist and former Butterfly Helpline Manager, Juliette Thomson, specialises in a person-centred ..read more
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What medications can help you recover from an eating disorder?
Butterfly | Let's Talk Podcast
by Butterfly Foundation
8M ago
There’s a medication for almost every illness, and that’s true for mental illnesses, including eating disorders. But how do they work, and how do they help? We’re launching our fourth season of Butterfly: Let’s Talk with an investigation into medications used to treat people with eating disorders, including some brand-new developments that could offer hope. “Many people with an eating disorder will be prescribed some kind of psychiatric medication,” says psychiatrist Professor Richard Newton, who has been working in the sector since the 1980s. “But most of those treatments will be for associat ..read more
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Meet the three MPs committed to better care for eating disorders
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by Butterfly Foundation
10M ago
In February this year, ABC dedicated their flagship investigative report, Four Corners, to eating disorders. This was, in part, because of a few Members of Parliament. The MPs are Teal Independent Zoe Daniel, Liberal Andrew Wallace and Labor’s Susan Templeman. Based on continuous calls for help from their constituents, the three resolved to act for change. To start, they’re co-chairing a new Parliamentary Friends Group for Eating Disorder Awareness to highlight the critical need for more care and support. “We've been absolutely avalanched in my office by families and people from acro ..read more
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In Depth with NEDC director Beth Shelton
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by Butterfly Foundation
1y ago
Dr Beth Shelton is a psychologist and long-time director of the National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC), leading a team that develops national standards for preventing and treating eating disorders and works actively to build the system of care. As a highly respected professional in the field, we asked Beth to explain the different diagnoses for eating disorders, the possible causes, and what she believes constitutes “normal” eating. First, Beth makes one thing clear:  An eating disorder is a mental illness with serious physical and mental health consequences for the person affected ..read more
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All about #BodyPride as an LGBTIQ+ human
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by Butterfly Foundation
1y ago
We’re all subject to continuous appearance-based pressures which impact our self-worth. The LGBTQIA+ community is no different. In fact, it’s a community that faces unique challenges regarding pressures that affect body image. And, for some people, it can escalate during Mardi Gras season.   “People will go on a big shred or a big diet for the month,” says one of Australia’s most popular LGBTQIA+ content creators, Matt, also known as Alright Hey. “As soon as Christmas is over, it starts. Mardi Gras lands around the start of March and people think they have two months to totally trans ..read more
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In depth with early childhood body image expert Dr Stephanie Damiano
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by Butterfly Foundation
1y ago
It goes without saying that we want to give our young children the best start. We also know from years of research that negative body image can impact almost all life outcomes – including relationships, education, and careers.  So how do we protect our children from developing a negative body image? And when should we start? The answer could shock you.  Dr Stephanie Damiano is a psychology researcher and an expert in this space.  “We see quite consistently that around the age of three, children start to develop pretty strong weight attitudes and weight stereotypes around bodies ..read more
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