What you Need to Know about Eating Disorders
Free Public Lecture
In a world fixated on how we look and what we eat, it’s no wonder that body dissatisfaction and eating disorders are on the rise. Compounding this problem, the ways that eating disorders manifest in the world are changing, creating new complexities for individuals, carers, researchers, and policy makers.
Eating disorders are complex neuropsychiatric disorders, affecting all ages, gender identities and cultures. Eating disorders are not necessarily about 'thinness', and you cannot tell that someone has an eating disorder by looking at them.
With eating disorders having potentially life-threatening consequences, it is clear that research and advocacy for people experiencing eating disorders are needed now more than ever. The University of Melbourne and the Butterfly Foundation are rising to this challenge.
Join our expert panel in discussing what you need to know – and what you can do – about eating disorders.
Mitch Doyle, Body Positivity Advocate
Body Positivity Advocate
Mitch was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa at age 11. His journey spreads across 14 years, experiencing both Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia Nervosa. Mitch explains being bullied in primary school about his weight, prepuberty, was a catalyst for him to make lifestyle changes by exercising and eating ‘healthy’. This soon turned to over exercising and undereating. Mitch initially received family based therapy for treatment as he was a young age. His eating disorder came back in senior schooling years and his recovery journey this time was a lot more independently driven. Mitch has a great understanding of his journey and the behaviours he engaged in, as well as what he thinks may have influenced these. Mitch recently completed his Bachelor of Psychology and is going on to do Honours in 2019. He is a sessional presenter for Butterfly education’s body esteem workshops in schools. As well as being well travelled and a yoga teacher Mitch is an incredible advocate for positive body image and passionate about reducing the stigma associated with eating disorders.
Dr Isabel Krug, Academic, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences,
Dr Isabel Krug
Academic, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences,
University of Melbourne
Dr Krug is Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, who leads the PART alongside Dr.Griffiths. Before moving to Melbourne, Dr. Krug worked at several eating disorder units in Spain, the UK and the US. Her research focuses on a range of genetic, environmental, and psychological risk factors for eating pathology. Dr. Krug is also interested in the effectiveness of new treatment modalities for individuals with eating pathology, including mindfulness, oxytocin, TMS, virtual reality and telemedicine.
Christine Morgan, CEO
The Butterfly Foundation
Christine is the CEO of The Butterfly Foundation, Australia’s leading notforprofit supporting those affected by eating disorders including individuals, carers and families. She is also the National Director of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration, a federally funded collaboration led by Butterfly that has developed the first National Framework on Eating Disorders.
Dr Scott Griffiths, Academic
Dr Scott Griffiths
School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
Dr Griffiths is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow investigating body image, eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, anabolic steroid use, and the stigmatisation of psychological disorders and related behaviours. Dr Griffiths leads the Physical Appearance Research Team (PART) together with Dr Isabel Krug.