Ask an Expert: I have anorexia; how can I stop food consuming my thoughts?

I’m 17 and have anorexia. I’ve had anorexia and EDNOS [eating disorder not otherwise specified] for about a year. I was emailing for advice on how to get though each day without letting food thoughts consume my whole day. Each day my thoughts revolve around food and it’s all I ever think about. Also I.. Read more

Ask an Expert: My daughter eats nothing all day

I’m worried about my daughter’s eating habits. She has been eating nothing from waking up to getting home from school, when she will stuff herself and then not eat dinner, or – if I am around to manage it – eat a bit of afternoon tea and then at least two serves of dinner. Is.. Read more

No body needs the body police

By Dr Ameerah Mattar. Here we go again. Hollywood star Kim Kardashian, once lauded for her physique, has become the latest celebrity in the firing line. Although she is no stranger to living in a fishbowl, the scrutiny over her body has reached a new level of absurdity since news about her pregnancy broke. Seemingly.. Read more

Boys aren’t immune to body image pressures – and never have been

By Lina Ricciardelli, Deakin University. Male beauty and body image receive far less attention in the media and academia than the female body. That’s despite buff, lean and muscular male bodies becoming an increasingly popular features of blockbuster films, magazines and popular culture. But just like the female body, the male body has been depicted,.. Read more

OMG: It’s another stupid diet

The latest diet to take the world by storm and knock the Dukan Diet off its low-carb throne (and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ off the ebook best-seller list) has arrived. ‘Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends’ was written by London personal trainer, Venice. A Fulton (real name Paul Khanna). Fulton is.. Read more

Explainer: anorexia and bulimia

By Peta Stapleton, Bond University Eating disorders are an increasing problem in children and adolescents. Recent Australian studies have indicated eating disorder behaviour has increased twofold in Australia in the last five years and 9% (men and women) will suffer from one at some point in their lives. An analysis by the American Agency for.. Read more

Family dinners may not be responsible for strong families

If you’re not managing to sit down to a family dinner five nights a week, perhaps you don’t need to feel too guilty. Eating dinner as a family has been said to head off problems such as eating disorders, obesity, and inadequate nutrition in the teenage years. RECIPE LINK: Check out our collection of easy.. Read more

Family dinner important through teen years

Getting the family to sit at the dinner table, at the same time, is a challenge. But it could be key to heading off problems such as eating disorders, obesity, and inadequate nutrition in the teenage years. RECIPE LINK: Check out our collection of easy family dinner recipes Family meals promote healthy eating A team.. Read more

The media your teen consumes can change her life

Your teenage daughter is consuming more media through more channels than ever before. How is this information affecting her self image? 20 years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today she weighs 23% less. 3 out of 4 teenage girls feel depressed, guilty and shameful after spending 3 minutes.. Read more