An eating disorder is a serious mental health condition characterised by extreme concerns about weight, shape, eating and/or body image. These concerns lead to disordered and unhealthy patterns of behaviour, including restricting food intake, fasting, counting calories, vomiting, misuse of laxative use, and excessive or driven exercise. These behaviours can greatly affect a person’s physical, psychological and social functioning. Approximately 9% of the Australian population suffer from an eating disorder according to the National Eating Disorders Collaboration. Eating disorders affect men and women of all ages, of all socio-economic backgrounds, and of all shapes and sizes.
Overcoming Disordered Eating - Part A: This information package is designed to provide you with some information about disordered eating - how it develops, how it is maintained, and strategies to start to change the problem behaviours associated with disordered eating. This package is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next. Each module contains information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
This module provides an overview of what eating disorders are, their impact, and the role of dieting and healthy weight.
This module explores preparedness to change disordered eating behaviours, and also outlines some of the treatment options for eating disorders.
This module outlines some of the factors which maintain disordered eating and create a vicious cycle.
This module explains the importance of self-monitoring of eating behaviours, and provides a food log worksheet.
This module provides a rationale for regular eating and weighing, along with guidelines and worksheets.
This module explains the role of binge eating, purging, and driven exercise, and how these behaviours maintain disordered eating in a vicious cycle.
This module explores the way emotions and difficulty handling moods can affect disordered eating behaviours, along with strategies to manage moods.
This module explores the role of dietary restriction and rules in maintaining disordered eating, along with guidelines for normal eating.
This module helps you to review your progress through the modules so far and to identify any potential barriers to progress.
Click the link above to download all modules in this workbook at once, as a zip file.
Overcoming Disordered Eating - Part B: This information package follows on the Overcoming Disordered Eating - Part A, and provides some strategies and techniques to change the thinking patterns associated with disordered eating. This information package is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.
In this module we will explore in more detail how people with eating disorders place an unusually high value on controlling their eating, weight and/or shape, and how they judge their self-worth accordingly. We will show how this leads to an over-evaluation of control over eating, weight and/or shape, and how this preoccupation and other factors keep the disordered eating going.
This module provides information and strategies to help you start changing the thoughts associated with your disordered eating and weight control habits.
This module introduces a range of strategies for challenging dietary rules and restriction, and food avoidance.
This module discusses some of the consequences of over-emphasising shape and weight.
This module explores the role of low self-esteem in disordered eating and weight control habits.
This module offers strategies for improving self-esteem by developing new rules for living and new, more balanced beliefs about yourself.
This module describes the "eating disorder mindset," a set of distorted beliefs about eating, weight and shape.
This module provides more strategies for replacing the old "mindset" with new, more helpful messages.
This module helps you develop a plan for maintaining the goals you have achieved so far and another plan for preventing relapse into old disordered behaviours and thoughts related to eating, shape and weight.
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
Download all information sheets (zip file)
Change Process Balance Sheet
Tackling Avoided Foods
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