October 18, 2009 - Anybody – Somebody ?

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Knock Knock .

Designed this ‘Knock, Knock’ campaign postcard for Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2007 (WA) as part of my involvement in the Bridges Eating Disorders Collaboration Committee here in Perth which brings together key service providers and stakeholders in the community with the aim of improving both services and awareness of eating disorders.    The Butterfly Foundation (VIC) recently initiated a National Collaboration Group which brings together relevant and interested parties throughout Australia. .

February 28, 2008 - Baring Souls

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Baring Souls.

Talk at Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital, Bridge’s inspirational evening, during Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week, September 2008.  Audience – patients, sufferers, carers, families, health professionals.

I think a lot of you here tonight would have heard of or know about The Black Dog Project so I’ve decided to step out from behind the Black Dog tonight and talk (uncomfortably) about myself.   I’ll start by talking about what prompted me to change the focus of my talk.

On Monday I attended the launch of Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week. One of the speakers was Chris Harris (a Psychologist from Princess Margaret Children’s hospital). Chris said something very simple yet quite profound. It was along the lines of;

“ . . . eating disorders are an indication that something’s not right. “

It was the not right that made me sit a little taller in my seat. . . . his use of not right when he could have said something’s wrong.

Being diagnosed with having something wrong with you can feel much like being crushed into the carpet. I’ve been diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder.  It was so refreshing to hear someone flip the whole ‘disorder’ business on its head with a slight change of words. And words are really that powerful, that significant to who we are and how we feel—how we see and perceive ourselves and the world around us.

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August 15, 2006 - Male body image – Measuring up to GI Joe

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While the probability of finding a real woman with a Barbie figure has been calculated at less than 1 in 100,000, the odds of any man shaping up to GI Joe Extreme, Iron Man or Batman are non-existent.  Nutritionist, Matt O’Neil talks about it …    Click image for more

July 25, 2006 - Fat – a dirty word


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Fat – A Dirty Word?

February 2015 – currently updating this post.

There are people you meet who have a profound impact on your life —Michael Levine is one of them. This man needs to speak to the entire world. Recognized as an ‘eating disorders prevention expert’ he is much more. He is a ‘voice’, a window into the souls of women and girls through his sensitive articulation of the many issues that construct who we are. He is a conscience for men and boys, making this article an essential read for everyone.

Not only do his views have the potential for creating a better world but so too the experience of feeling his warmth; his depth of compassion and empathy; and most of all, his humility. The following article was written by Michael Levine for the Bronte Foundation newsletter ’Our Journey’ and Michael has kindly made it available to share on ‘Black Dog’. The article is presented in its entirety.




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July 12, 2006 - Emotional about food

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Getting into shape has more to do with what’s going on in our head, life and our toxic weight and food obsessed culture than diet and exercise.    Click image for more

April 30, 2006 - Starving the soul

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Thanks to Marion Manifold for kindly allowing her artwork to be used in this article (in grey scale format) and in the book, ‘In My Room’.  Marion’s work investigates female identity and body imaging.


Starving The Soul .

I thought depression was the darkest well, until I heard a young woman speak at a fitness convention about her experience of elite sport and how it contributed to her coming close to losing her life to anorexia nervosa.

I also observed eating disorders becoming more apparent among athletes I worked with; colleagues; young people; and I’ve seen its prevalence among the fitness industry students I teach. Then there have been people close to me who I’ve supported through the grueling and unrelenting battle with an eating disorder.

Eating disorders defy ordinary comprehension and the brilliant minds of the world’s experts. Eating disorders are shrouded in shame and stigma, are becoming more common and are grossly misunderstood.


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