Eating disorders occur when people have problems with eating, food and body image. While it’s common in our society for people to be unhappy with their bodies (therefore they try to manage their weight with diet and exercise), people with eating disorders take these behaviours to the extreme. This interferes with their daily functioning and quality of life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an Eating Disorder… PACE can help!

The PACE (Panic Anxiety, OCD, Eating Disorder) service provides a range of recovery services for people living with these issues, and those who support them in South Australia.

Most of the PACE team are peer workers, which means they have experienced panic anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder or an eating disorder themselves, so they understand how difficult it can be, and they are living proof that recovery is possible.

Eating Disorder support at PACE.

There are 4 categories we focus on at PACE:

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) involves an intense fear of gaining weight, which leads to extreme restriction and control of food and an inability to maintain a healthy weight. AN also involves a disturbed body image, where you feel your self-worth is defined entirely or almost entirely by your body image. Often your body image is so distorted that you see yourself as overweight even when you are dangerously underweight.

Bulimia Nervosa (BN) involves repeated episodes of binge eating followed by attempts to compensate for those episodes by vomiting, misusing laxatives, fasting or exercising excessively. When you binge, you eat a very large amount of food over a short period of time and feel out of control. Like anorexia nervosa, people with bulimia tend to define their self-worth by the way they look.

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is characterised by regular episodes of binge eating, but without the attempt to compensate, therefore many people with BED are overweight.

Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) refers to disordered eating that doesn’t quite fit in to the criteria for Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder. Many of the symptoms will be present, but not all of them.

All 4 of these eating disorders can have a significant impact on your physical health, your emotional wellbeing, your relationships and daily activities.

But, it is possible to recover from an eating disorder. With the right treatment and support, you can go on to live a full and rewarding life.

And here’s how our PACE team can help:


We can tell you more about eating disorders and the different treatment options and supports that are available. We can also refer you to a treatment provider or support service that’s in your area. 

If you would like more information about Eating Disorders, please contact the PACE Team below.

Support groups

We currently run support groups, the Eating Disorders Recovery Support Group and the Binge Eating Recovery Support Group.

Eating disorders can be very isolating, especially when your family and friends don’t understand what you’re going through and just want you to eat or stop bingeing.

At our groups, you’ll meet people who do understand what you’re going through, without judgement. You’ll find out more about eating disorders, especially the strategies that may help you recover. There is no pressure to be or do anything you don’t want to do, and although we can tell you about treatment options, we certainly won’t be pushing them on you.

Our support groups are co-facilitated by a Peer Support Worker with a lived experience of eating disorders so they really do understand what it’s all about. If you would like to find out more about the groups, why not visit our Recovery Groups page.

If you would like to attend one of the PACE support groups you can contact one of our friendly PACE team members below.

One-on-one support

PACE provides brief individual support to people living with Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Eating Disorders (this includes providing individual support to carers).

PACE individual support provides up to 6 sessions of conversational support with a mental health worker, face to face or via phone/video call.

PACE provide information about relevant mental health conditions (psychoeducation), potential treatment options and referral suggestions. Individual support does not provide therapeutic or clinical treatments for mental health disorders but does provide a safe and supportive environment to discuss mental health experiences and recovery goals.

If you would like more information about PACE’s one to one support, please contact the PACE Team below.

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