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Eating Disorders Victoria

Eating Disorders Victoria is the primary source of support, information, community education and advocacy for people with eating disorders and their families in Victoria.

Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) connects those whose lives are affected by eating disorders with the people, services and hope they need for recovery.

EDV incorporates a unique approach to the provision of clinical and non-clinical support services through a blend of qualified professionals and lived experience of employees and volunteers.

The approach and services provided by EDV have a direct impact on the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of Victorians every year.

Eating Disorders Victoria operates a helpline, that provides information, guidance and support to anyone whose life is affected by an eating disorder, body image issues or disordered eating.

The Eating Disorders Helpline, 1300 550 236, is the first point of contact with support, guidance, information and referrals for thousands of people with an eating disorder and their families, partners and friends. Available Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 5.00pm.

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Support Group Guidelines | Eating Disorders Victoria

EDV Support Groups provide an opportunity for people to connect with others in a similar situation in a safe, supportive and non judgmental environment. These Guidelines ensure members understand what is expected when attending a group.

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Dangers of dieting

Dieting is the greatest risk factor for the development of an eating disorder. 68% of 15 year old females are on a diet, of these, 8% are severely dieting. Adolescent girls who diet only moderately, are five times more likely to develop an eating disorder than those who dont diet, and those who diet severely are 18 time more likely to develop an eating disorder.

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How far is too far - how far is too far: body image

The way you see, think and feel about your body can have a huge impact on your life. A negative body image can stop you living life to the full, and may even lead to anxiety and depression. A positive body image will help you lead a healthy, happy and balanced lifestyle. You have the power to change the way you think about your body!

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Eating disorders, anxiety & depression

Studies show that a high percentage of people with an eating disorder will experience increased levels of anxiety and depression. It isn't clear if depression and anxiety are the result of an eating disorder or a risk factor in the development of one - the truth could be a mixture of the two. Eating disorders and anxiety/depression have some common risk factors.

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Other eating disorders

The most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has made several changes to the categorisation of eating disorders. The category that was known as Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), has been removed, and there are two new categories; Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) and Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED). These new categories are intended to more appropriately recognise and categorise conditions that do not more accurately fit into Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, BED, or the other eating and feeding disorders.

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Recovery Support Groups

The Recovery Support Group is for people with an eating disorder (18 and over) who have already taken the first steps towards recovery. Recovery can take many forms; however people who are engaged in treatment or contemplating recovery may find that by sharing experiences in support groups with other people on a similar journey of recovery of great benefit.

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Behavioural Effects | Eating Disorders Victoria

The eating disorder Anorexia Nervosa is a serious mental illness. Behaviour can include excessive exercise, food restriction, secretive behaviour, aggression, withdrawal, self harm

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Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is a serious mental illness, characterised by eating, exercise and body weight or shape becoming an unhealthy preoccupation of someone's life. Its estimated that one million Australians have an eating disorder, and this number is increasing. Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice, a diet gone wrong or a cry for attention. Eating disorders can take many different forms and interfere with a persons day to day life. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) recognises four eating disorders:

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How far is too far - having a healthy body image

Body image is the way you see, think and feel about your body - you don't need to "look good" to have a healthy body image

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Physical Effects | Eating Disorders Victoria

The eating disorder Bulimia Nervosa is a serious mental illness with physical effects.

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