Eating Disorders: Beyond the Unknown – Episode 2 – Understanding Anorexia

Eating Disorders: Beyond the Unknown is a podcast series produced in partnership with the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) and the Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN).

This episode of Eating Disorders: Beyond the Unknown will explore restrictive eating and how it relates to and occurs in anorexia nervosa, atypical anorexia, and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). Join our co-hosts; psychologist and National Director of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC), Dr Beth Shelton; and carer and CEO of Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV), Belinda Caldwell, as they dive into characterising and differentiating these diagnoses in the context of stigma around weight and shape.

In this episode, Beth and Belinda chat with Jess, who has lived the experience of and recovered from atypical anorexia, and her mother, Julia. Listeners will hear about Jess and Julia’s journey through the healthcare system from diagnosis to treatment and recovery, exploring the similarities and differences between anorexia nervosa and atypical anorexia and the impact that this can have on a person’s experience of an eating disorder and their recovery journey.

Tune in to hear some of the challenges and barriers that individuals with eating disorders may face in their help-seeking efforts, suggestions on improving the first response by a healthcare professional, and key strategies and approaches that clinicians and practitioners can use to support someone experiencing an eating disorder.

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