Toxic Training - How to Recognize the Signs of an Athlete in Trouble

The early signs of an exercise addiction and eating disorders often look very much like the behaviors of an individual who is dedicated to hard work and disciplined eating – all in good health. That’s why it’s very easy for parents, coaches, trainers and anyone in the fitness industry to miss the signs that a person – of any age or gender – is struggling with exercise addiction, which often co-occurs with an eating disorder. With so much cultural emphasis placed on peak athletic performance, athletes are often driven to achieve the perfect body size and shape for their particular sport; the quest to lose or gain weight can be particularly in young athletes.

The people closest to the athlete or fitness “fanatic” are often impressed by his or her dedication and work ethic, and may even encourage the unhealthy behaviors because of their own attitudes about weight and dieting .

Parents, coaches and, trainers can set the tone and encourage a healthy attitude about sport and fitness. The first step is to learn to recognize the signs that an individual is struggling.

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Blog Written by: Casey Ribek

Intuitive Eating Group

This Six- week group program starts Monday, 6th November 630-830pm. 

Intuitive eating is an approach that teaches you how to have a healthy relationship with food and your body. Its basic premise is that everyone is equipped with all the internal wisdom one needs for eating intuitively. However, a history of chronic dieting or following "healthy" rules can make eating intuitively difficult. As we work through the principles of intuitive eating, you will learn to distinguish between the physical signs of hunger and fullness, cravings and emotions and learn how to respond to your body's inner cues. 

Cost: $300 for 6 weeks 


Garalynne Stiles, NZ Registered Dietician 

022 032 3685

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Family Based Treatment (FBT) and Avoidant Restrictive Food and Intake Disorder (ARFID)

This workshop will be hosted at The Community of St Luke, Presbyterian Church on 9th November 2017.

Presented by our very own Kellie Lavender and Miriam Belsham. Participants who attend this workshop will gain a full understanding of the diagnosis of ARFID and the modifications required when using FBT for children and adolescents presenting with ARFID.

This workshop is ideal for clinicians who are trained in FBT and want to extend their scope of practice to include this new diagnosis. Professionals interested in learning more about diagnosing and recognising ARFID will also find this workshop helpful.

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Dr Roger Mysliwiec and the Neuroscience of Eating Disorders

Dr Roger Mysliwiec and the Neuroscience of Eating Disorders


The Intriguing Nature of Eating Disorders

Why do some people consider chocolate their best friend, and sometimes their worst enemy? Why would some people agree with the words of Kate Moss, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!”? Why is it so difficult for most people to maintain a lower weight after weight loss, and why is it so challenging to help someone with anorexia to increase their weight and maintain it? Why are diets generally so unhelpful? Can neuroscience take the field further in its understanding of eating disorders and, most importantly does it have the potential to advance treatment and improve recovery rates?

Roger will explore these questions in his keynote address by providing a brief general overview of eating disorders and then exploring their neurobiological underpinnings and the implications for treatment. He will highlight some key findings of neuroscience informed studies, which have helped improve our understanding of eating disorders and their potential relevance for treatment. This will include in more depth an exploration of the interplay of reward processing and homoeostatic metabolic feedback loops and their relevance for weight regulation and over- and under-eating. He will report on some novel treatment approaches and will discuss the likely direction of future treatment developments.  

For more information on the conference in Australia follow this link.

A Letter of Hope and Thanks

A Letter of Hope and Thanks

Are you worried your child may be developing an eating disorder?

Are you worried your child may be developing an eating disorder?

Feed Your Instinct (FYI) is a wonderful new resource for parents. How do you if your child is developing an unhealthy relationship with food, their weight or body? The site has 4 modules; eating, wellbeing, thinking and feeling, with each module designed to help you decide if you need to be concerned along with suggestions about what you can do about it.


Intuitive Eating

Intuitive Eating

Are you......

Struggling to control your weight with strict diets that just don't work?
Out of touch with your body's hunger and fullness cues?
Confused by conflicting diet messages?
Feeling extreme guilt when eating certain foods?

NZEDCs "Intuitive Eating Group" may be for you. This six-week group is starting Tuesday 18th October.
Contact Garalynne for more details.





Kellie Lavender - Faculty member of the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders.

Kellie Lavender - Faculty member of the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders.

I believe that people should be able to access the best possible care they can. That they are informed about the treatment they are receiving and that the person administering the treatment knows the most they can to optimise chances of recovery. I am proud to have been asked to become part of this training faculty. Click on the link to find out more about the faculty and its purpose.