How do I become an NEDC member?
We will be happy to welcome you as an NEDC member. Membership is free. Please find more details here.
How do I support someone affected or at risk of an eating disorder?
I want to share my eating disorders related training or event?
Feel free to provide more details about your event by completing the form: Share Your Event.
Can I download or print NEDC resources?
There are various NEDC resources available to download and print. They can be found in our Research & Resources Section. Look for the blue NEDC sign as well as preselected content for specific audiences under "Browse by".
How can I list my current research and Australian study related to eating disorders?
You can have your study published on our website by providing details in the Share Your Study form.
Where can I get help as a professional or as a person affected by an eating disorder?
If you need immediate assistance, please see Get Help.
As a professional, you can find helpful information on our dedicated professional pages, see: Health, Education and Sports & Fitness. You can also visit our Professional Development page .
Student assignment requests
Due to limited staffing resources at the NEDC we are unable to assist individual students with information for assignments. There is a large amount of material available on our website and in our research database/clearing house that may be useful. See the NEDC Research and Resources section. For school students, please also refer to the Butterfly Foundation website.
What is the role of the media in eating disorders?
The media plays an important role in communicating about eating disorders and promoting positive body image.
But eating disorders are often misunderstood and underestimated in our society, resulting in inaccurate reporting and the use of inappropriate language. Depending on the media outlet, the quality of information may vary significantly.
Some media channels can promote supportive and helpful advice for raising awareness of eating disorders, while others may negatively reinforce ideas of body image or ‘at risk’ behaviours in vulnerable audiences. See - Mindframe Guide to the Reporting and Portrayal of Eating Disorders.
Although this resource is targeted at media professionals, key messages can help guide anyone including teachers, students, government representatives, non-government organisations and those in the education, health, sport, fitness, beauty and fashion industries, to implement appropriate communication campaigns and programs using evidence-based guidelines.