At Mind Blank we know that recognising an eating disorder can be tricky, as each individual approaches food differently. Eating disorders can take many forms and are characterized by disturbed eating or eating-related behaviours that lead to changes in the person's food consumption to a degree that is harmful to their health and well-being.
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It’s estimated that one million Australians have an eating disorder, and the numbers of young people with an eating disorder have doubled within the last ten years (Reference 3).
Eating disorders are more common than most people think. About one in 20 Australians has an eating disorder and the rate in the Australian population is increasing.
A Personal Story
“There is no magic cure for anorexia. There is no guarantee that it will ever be completely gone. But for now, belonging with myself, is getting easier each day that passes. Acceptance, support, understanding and love have helped me rediscover who I am again. Fighting my instincts and recovering is a battle in itself: but everywhere is better than living in a world that is ultimately is trying to convince you to slowly kill yourself.
"Recovery is a difficult process: it’s hard to keep yourself from saying, "If you have never been in the depths of hell, do not even think you can understand what it means which I say 'I want to eat but I can’t.' " But now, tiny everyday miracles occur in my life. There are small steps forward, an unexpected smile of acceptance, and a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore."
Katy 16, NSW
How We Help
One of Mind Blank’s objectives is to help young people identify the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, including poor body-image and eating disorders. If you identify a person is suffering from an eating disorders or poor body-image, you can do something about it by seeking help, supporting your peers or speaking to your teachers.
We have created a theatrical learning program that aims to expand the options for young people to make healthy choices about their bodies, diet, exercise and self-representation. The performance explores body image, self-esteem, stress management and gender relations through the story of Jane.
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