About Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that are associated with potentially life-threatening physical effects. Eating disorders involve unhelpful beliefs about eating, weight and shape and unhelpful behaviours (such as binge-eating, purging, or driven exercise) that ultimately keep people stuck in their disorder. These behaviours have significant impacts on physical, psychological and social functioning. With appropriate support, recovery from an eating disorder is absolutely possible.
Break Free from ED: New Workbook Now Available
We are pleased to announce the release of our latest set of consumer modules – Break Free From ED. These modules provide clear, scientific information about eating disorders and guide consumers through key components of cognitive behavioural therapy for eating disorders (CBT-ED). The modules cover features of eating disorders and associated risks, common maintaining factors, establishing weekly weighing, using self-monitoring to understand patterns of eating as well as other eating disorder thoughts and behaviours, steps towards eating regularly, adequately, and including feared foods as part of recovery, and how to use behavioural experiments to test out fears. Binge eating, purging and driven exercise are addressed before body checking and body avoidance interventions are introduced. We examine the role of negative core beliefs in keeping people vulnerable to eating disorder behaviours and provide strategies to challenge them. Finally, we will help you set up a relapse prevention action plan.
The Break Free From ED modules are informed by evidence-based treatments, and reference materials by leading eating disorder clinicians including Glenn Waller, Christopher Fairburn and Tracey Wade. You can find this new addition to our free consumer resources below, under the Workbook - Break Free from ED heading. The modules are designed so that consumers can either complete them independently or with the assistance of a mental health professional.
We have a range of other resources which you may find helpful.
- If you worry a lot about features of your appearance that are not related to your body weight or shape, you may find our body dysmorphia resources helpful.
- If worries about your appearance are having a negative impact on your life, you may find our resources for addressing appearance concerns helpful.
- Some people with eating disorders have difficulties with perfectionism. This means they hold themselves to unrealistically high standards in many different areas of their life. If this is a problem for you, you may find our resources on addressing perfectionism helpful.
- People experiencing eating disorders tend to think in very self-critical ways. Our resources for improving self-compassion and improving self-esteem can help to address this.