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South Africa Eating Disorder Treatment Information & Resources

Eating disorders do not discriminate. They are complex mental health disorders that can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex, or race. South Africa has many resources available to those in recovery.

EDSA Logo Eating Disorders South Africa (EDSA) hosts weekly support groups for individuals over the age of 18 who are struggling with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. These free meetings take place every Wednesday from 17:30 to 19:00 at Denmar Psychiatric Hospital. Email [email protected] for more information.

EDSA also provides other resources, such as a blog and interactive discussion forum.

RecoverySpace.org is an online resource for those struggling with eating disorders throughout South Africa. This includes local articles and referrals to treatment centers throughout the country, including those in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Pretoria.

South African's holding handsEating disorders rise in Zulu women

“But concerns are mounting in South Africa as the number of eating disorder cases reported amongst black women is on the rise. A study conducted by the University of Zululand in South Africa and the Northumbria University in England, found that many young Zulu women appeared to be depressed about their weight.” Read more here.

Through Thick and Thin

“My parents had divorced, when I was nine, on our return to South Africa after a short, failed immigration to Israel and it was then that I suffered my first unofficial depression. I remember the feeling of being in a place (physical and emotional) that I didn’t want to be and having absolutely no power to change it.” Read more here.

Discussion:

Some researchers predict that the urbanization of South Africa will lead to a steady increase in the prevalence of eating disorders nationwide. Read more here.

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