Unfortunately, eating disorders are fairly common in Australia. Around 16% of the Australian population from an eating disorder or have disordered eating habits according to Eating Disorders Victoria. This figure highlights the severity of eating disorders in Australia. Recently, new research on the brain has uncovered some interesting facts on eating disorders.

Our Director, Jodie Brenton  and principal psychologist at Life Resolutions, Mary Magalotti believes that education on eating disorders is important. Additionally, the team at Life Resolutions are committed to staying up to date on new research regarding psychology and mental health. 

The  Research  

The U.S National Institute of Health (NIH) conducted research to further understand how the brain reacts to disordered eating. The research focused specifically on binge-eating disorders and how the brain reacts to food. Using brain imaging techniques, the NIH was able to gather data on how the brain reacts to food and binge-eating habits. 

What is Binge Eating

Binge eating disorder is the most commonly diagnosed eating disorder, making up 47% of eating disorder diagnoses.  Binge eating disorder is a mental illness characterised by eating an excessive amount of food, which may take place in a rapid space of time or grazing over an extended period of time. These episodes can feel distressing and chaotic.

Research Results 

The NIH found that the brain’s reward response process alters the neuron circuits responsible for food intake. Due to these changes, the brain reinforces binge eating behaviours, increasing the chance of the action of eating to occur again. These results give psychologists a greater understanding of what is happening to the brain’s biology in those with an eating disorder. Therefore, practitioners now have more information about how and when to intervene with disordered eating.

Eating Disorder Services

There is a range of services available to those concerned about eating or eating disorders. Mary Magalotti and the team at Life Resolutions provide eating disorder counselling. Visit our website to find out more about our services, bookings and our psychologists. You and also enquire over the phone.

Our Director, Jodie Brenton and head psychologist, Mary Magalotti work to ensure that all couples around Australia have access to the support they need.

What is Couples Counselling?

Couples Counselling can also provide conflict mediation to help you navigate through conflict. Our experienced team of professionals can provide you with the tools to manage conflict, resolve disputes, and create a long-lasting and happy relationship. 

How to Improve Communication in Your Relationship:

  • Listen – active listening and empathetic listening are great skills to help improve your communication. Listening to your partner is the first step to better communication. When your partner is talking try to  listen to understand, not just listen to respond.
  • Honesty – being open and honest is easier said than done. However, avoiding talking about how you feel can cause distrust and long-term issues in your relationship.
  • Be Respectful– in a relationship, it is important to show that you respect your partner and their emotions. It is okay to express that you are feeling angry, however, that anger should not dictate the way we communicate.
  • Seek support when necessary – sometimes, another perspective is needed. A professional communication coach can help you understand why arguments are happening and assist you in resolving them. 

If you and your partner are experiencing difficulties or would just like to learn some more communication skills, Couples Counsellings can help you. The Life Resolutions team are experienced and compassionate professionals and would love to help you and your partner.

To book an appointment, please contact our team today. If you would like more information about the services we provide at Life Resolutions, or about our Principal Psychologist, Mary Magalotti, and our Director Jodie Brenton, you can visit our website.