Eating Disorders Victoria provide free and confidential information and peer support for people experiencing eating disorders or those who are supporting them (family, friends, professionals etc.). We offer a safe place for you to seek information, openly discuss your experience with eating disorders and ask any questions you may have. Contact us today.
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. Within the medical profession, eating disorders are usually clinically defined and diagnosed according to the criteria laid out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5).
Bulimia nervosa is a serious psychiatric illness characterised by recurrent binge-eating episodes, immediately followed by self-induced compensatory methods, such a vomiting or over-exercising . Many people, including some health professionals, incorrectly assume that a person must be underweight and thin if they have an eating disorder. Because of this, bulimia nervosa is often missed and can go undetected for a long period of time.
"Despite being told that I would never graduate high school, especially not with my original peer group, I did. Despite being told I may never recover fully, I did. Despite being told I might never handle the stress of my dream job - being a nurse - I now am a registered nurse working at a major public hospital and I am."Read Tess's story
There is no magic word, prescription or motivational speech that will force recovery upon you. Only you can make that choice. That choice will dissipate the loneliness and isolation that your eating disorder compels you to feel.Read Amy's story
"More than ten years on, my recovery hasn’t been fast, but it has been big. I still struggle to love my body sometimes. But I have learned that my body deserves to be cared for, regardless of how I feel about it in the moment."Cheryl's story