Eating Disorders Queensland’s (EDQ) response to Four Corners “Fading Away: Australia’s secret battle with eating disorders” segment
Four Corners aired an episode entitled “Fading Away: Australia’s secret battle with eating disorders” on
Eating disorders are complex issues that have significant impacts on a person’s emotional and physical health as well as impacting on those who care for and support the person. We know that for many people, the eating disorder develop as an unconscious way of coping with other issues in their life.
We also acknowledge that eating disorders occur within the larger context of our social preoccupation with dieting and weight loss and socially approved body images and sizes, and that these social preoccupations then go on to impact the treatment that some people receive.
Eating disorders are not a choice. Gender, social and cultural influences impact everyone. Many individuals, carers, family and loved ones have had a preoccupation with food and weight to varying degrees in their lifetime. Not all eating disorders are categorised by weight loss, nor are all eating disorders related to body image. In fact, for many people, eating disorders are not about food or their body image, but develop as a way of coping with other influences in their life.
Additionally, although eating disorders are often portrayed in the media as an issue that only impacts young, white women, this could not be further from the truth. Eating disorders can impact people from all walks of life – all genders, ages, sexualities, and cultural backgrounds.
At one end of the continuum we have healthy eating and acceptance of body shape and size. At the other end of the continuum is disordered eating, such as anorexia, bulimia and binge/compulsive eating. In between sits fear of fatness, denial of appetite, emotional eating, exaggeration of body size, depression and rigid dieting. People will often move across the spectrum over time, sometimes moving in both directions. Some individuals will also move between different types of eating disorder presentations over time.
Recovery from eating disorders is possible for anyone at any stage. Seeking support as early as possible is highly recommended.
Individuals, carers, family and loved ones can access services at Eating Disorders Queensland. You do not need a GPs referral or a formal diagnosis.
Eating Disorders Queensland sees individuals, carers, family and loved ones who identify with food restriction, binge-eating, purging, excessive exercise, or other unspecified eating disorders. We work across the spectrum to support individuals, carers, family and loved ones to develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.
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Eating Disorders Queensland
We support a vibrant community of individuals recovering from an eating disorder, including people with lived experiences, carers and family members.
51 Edmondstone Street,
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
CALL: (07) 3844 6055
Estimated completion time is 10-15 minutes.
This form is for individuals seeking treatment for themselves.
If you are a carer/key support person, or looking for treatment for another person, please email firstname.lastname@example.org instead.
Hello, this will be your first step of engaging with Eating Disorders Qld. We acknowledge that it can be difficult to discuss your experiences with eating disorder/s and body image issues, particularly at first.
To make it a bit easier, we have developed this form that you can complete and send back to us before we call you.
You will receive a call to discuss the information provided, or we are happy to complete the form with you. During this call we can discuss any questions or touch on issues pertaining to the questions on the form.
After the phone assessment has been completed and we both feel that EDQ is a good fit one of our practitioners will arrange a more comprehensive ‘intake’ session.
During an intake session, you and the practitioner will review your needs, recovery goals and expectations of therapy/holistic recovery needs. This session takes around 90 minutes.
We will also go through Confidentiality and our shared Rights & Responsibilities. Looking forward to meeting you!
Due to the high demand for EDQ’s funded services, and allowing for fair equitable distribution of therapeutic resources to the community:
• EDQ requires 48 working hours’ notice of cancellation for all appointments
• In the event of 3 late cancellations or no-shows, your practitioner will discuss other support options with you before booking another appointment
EDQ acknowledges recovery and the therapeutic process is not linear. Please discuss any changing needs or barriers with your practitioner so EDQ can best support you and the greater community.
To access services with EDQ, we require that you engage regularly with a GP to monitor your medical stability. As part of this process, a GP will need to sign EDQ’s client medical clearance form. Medical monitoring is required for all clients, no matter what kind of eating disorder behaviour is present. Eating disorders have significant impacts on physical health.
If you do not currently have a suitable GP, please let us know and we can assist you to find one.