Ep 83: Disordered Eating & Cultivating Healthy Relationships with our Body, Eating and Movement

Are educators the key to unlocking lifelong healthy relationships with food and body image?

In this important conversation, Meg Durham speaks with Dr Stephanie Damiano, a psychology researcher and expert in body image development. She’s dedicated to understanding the development of body image in young children and the pivotal role educators and parents play in addressing these issues early on.

The two discuss what disordered eating is, the normalization of disordered eating and the importance of debunking myths surrounding body size and health. You’ll leave the conversation inspired to prioritise your mental and physical wellbeing by focusing on health-promoting behaviours rather than societal ideals.

Tune in to gain insights into fostering a positive relationship with food and body for the benefit of all.

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ What is disordered eating.

▫️ How disordered eating differs from an eating disorder.

▫️ The importance of our language.

▫️ And so much more…

You can quote us on that…

“Schools and staff play a really important role in helping to foster positive relationships with body, eating, movement.”

Dr Stephanie Damiano

“Diet culture is rife in our society and we’ve normalised disordered eating to an extent.”

Dr Stephanie Damiano

“It’s really important for schools and educators to be aware of the things that influence a child’s relationship with their body.”

Dr Stephanie Damiano


Dr Stephanie Damiano | Butterfly Foundation | Butterfly Body Bright | Butterfly Foundation – Helpline

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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