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.
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.
This workbook is designed as an active guide to recovering from an eating disorder. It aims to provide you with information about eating disorders and the factors that keep them going, and to teach you strategies to make changes to your behaviour and thinking in order to recover. These modules are designed to be completed in order, and we recommend that you complete each module before moving on to the next.
This module introduces you to eating disorders, their impact on physical, psychological and social functioning, and some of the factors that can lead to the development of an eating disorder.
This module takes you through the key factors that keep eating disorders going and introduces you to the ways in which this workbook will address each of these factors.
This module discusses the many factors that influence the number on the scale, explores how much control people really have over their weight, and introduces Weekly Weighing.
This module introduces self-monitoring, a key strategy that assists you to record your eating behaviours, thoughts, and feelings in real time, focusing on patterns occurring throughout each week.
This module discusses the relationship between what you eat and your energy levels, highlighting the impacts of low and high energy and guiding you through understanding how your own eating impacts your energy levels.
This module introduces you to ‘Eating for Recovery’, focusing on establishing regular and adequate nutritional intake, and providing guidelines for change in these areas.
This module focuses on another aspect of ‘Eating for Recovery’, the variety of your nutritional intake, highlighting the importance of tackling rigid food rules and experimenting with feared foods.
This module provides information about binge eating and introduces strategies for reducing and ceasing this behaviour.;
This module provides information about purging and introduces strategies for reducing and ceasing this behaviour.
This module provides information about driven exercise and introduces strategies for developing a more healthy and balanced relationship with moving your body.
This module discusses body checking and uses experiments to examine whether body checking is as helpful as you think and how we can reduce it.
This module discusses body avoidance and introduces exposure experiments to reduce body avoidance.
This module introduces core beliefs, discussing the role these play in maintaining eating disorder behaviours and introducing strategies to challenge them.
This final module summarises the key strategies from the workbook and guides you through developing a plan for maintaining your gains and dealing with setbacks.
This is an education pack designed to be printed and used alongside the Break Free from ED workbook.
Click the link above to download all modules in this workbook at once, as a zip file.
What Are Eating Disorders?
Set Point Theory
Eating Disorders and Neurobiology
Eating Disorders: What Are the Risks?
Eating Disorders in Men
Orientation to Treatment
Family Based Therapy: Information for Carers, Consumers, and Professionals
A Guide to Self-Monitoring
What are Safety Behaviours?
Eating Disorders Information for Carers
Normal Eating vs. Disordered Eating
Why Diets Do Not Work
Regular Eating for Recovery
Dietary Guidelines During Recovery
Evaluating Dietary Advice
Metabolism and Energy Requirements
The REAL Food Pyramid
Making Sense of Serving Sizes
Carbohydrates - Myths and Facts
All About Iron
The Facts on Fat
Vegetarian Diet and Eating Disorders
Vomiting and Your Health
Calcium and Bone Health
Eating Disorders and Hormones
Eating Disorders and Pregnancy
Body Checking and Avoidance
Body Image and Body Dissatisfaction
Media and Body Image
Unhelpful Thinking Styles
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Change Process Balance Sheet
Tackling Avoided Foods
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