Mental ill health is one of the major obstacles to a productive and rewarding working life. So a landmark alliance is being formed to help create mentally healthy Australian workplaces. The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance is a collaborative partnership between business, the mental health sector and government, and was officially launched by the National Mental…

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterised by self-starvation, an obsessive fear of weight gain, excessive and compulsive exercise, and a glaring distortion of body image that views an emaciated physique as attractive and desirable.  The term originates from two Latin words that translate into a nervous inability to eat.  Anorectics often have an accompanying anxiety…

Eating disorders are serious abnormalities or impairments in eating behaviour that are excessive and compulsive in nature.  These range from severe overeating up to the point of extreme obesity to unhealthy reduction of food intake up to the point of starvation and emaciation.  These eating disturbances are serious enough to be considered mental illnesses requiring…

Anorexia nervosa, sometimes simply called anorexia, is an eating disorder characterised by an obsessive fear of gaining weight or appearing fat and a stubborn refusal to maintain the ideal weight for one’s age and height.  It is a form of mental illness because the individual suffers from a distorted image of his/her body shape and…

Compulsive Overeating and Binge Eating are the most common eating disorders.  These are food addictions that are similar yet distinct in character.  Compulsive overeating is characterised by persistent fantasies about food. Food has an irresistible allure to the compulsive overeater because it is associated with a happy or psychologically satisfying experience, either in the past or…

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