Media Launch: BIEDAW 2022 – Consuming Issues Victoria


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Monday September fifth 2022

This Physique Picture and Consuming Dysfunction Consciousness Week (BIEDAW), members of the Consuming Dysfunction Alliance of Australia (EDAA) are uniting to ship an essential group message: know the indicators of an consuming dysfunction and act early.  

With just one in ten Australians capable of recognise the indicators of an consuming dysfunction, Dr. Ranjani Utpala, Medical Director at Butterfly is encouraging folks to familiarise themselves with widespread signs, significantly as shows of consuming issues and demand for providers proceed to develop with the pandemic.  

“Everybody’s expertise of an consuming dysfunction is individualised and normally presents in a wide range of methods. Nevertheless, a variety of behaviours might simply be noticed by relations and buddies in family members. These can embrace bodychecking, reassurance-seeking and a preoccupation with consuming, form and weight. You may additionally discover frequent excuses to not eat, consuming in secret, avoiding social conditions involving meals or participating in compensatory behaviours similar to over-exercise. 

“Bodily you could observe weight reduction, weight achieve, weak spot, fainting, coronary heart palpitations, nausea and in some circumstances dental or gastrointestinal considerations. Psychologically you could discover signs similar to a depressed temper, anxiousness, physique dissatisfaction, obsessive compulsive behaviour and poor focus and/or reminiscence.”  

Though some could also be confronted by such a various checklist of signs, EDAA members say that realizing these indicators and appearing early can have a marked consequence on the longevity and severity of an individual’s consuming dysfunction.  

“Those that obtain early intervention via help and remedy usually tend to go on to realize full restoration from their consuming dysfunction,” explains Belinda Caldwell, CEO of Consuming Issues Victoria. “Not solely does this profit the person and their family members, but in addition our broader well being system, provided that consuming issues have one of many highest mortality charges of all psychological sicknesses in Australia.”  

Nevertheless, whereas early intervention is paramount to improved restoration outcomes, Caldwell says it’s regularly hindered by low psychological well being literacy, self-stigma and disgrace.  

“Prevailing consuming dysfunction stereotypes and stigma scale back the intense nature of them as a extreme psychological sickness and considerably exacerbate ambivalence in the direction of somebody in search of assist,” she added.  

Sadly, this implies many individuals wrestle with signs for a few years and even a long time, with round 25% of individuals with an consuming dysfunction experiencing a extreme and enduring type of this psychological sickness.  

However as Belinda Chelius, CEO of Consuming Issues Queensland highlights,

“It’s essential to keep in mind that restoration from an consuming dysfunction is feasible for everybody, irrespective of how lengthy they’ve been experiencing the an consuming dysfunction. And early intervention nonetheless very a lot applies to the early identification and response to re-emerging signs for somebody who has recovered from an consuming dysfunction.”  

EDAA members are doing all they’ll to make sure all Australians impacted by consuming issues have a chance to seek out help on the earliest potential time, and are decided to encourage early motion locally.  

“Whether or not you’re a well being care skilled, a trainer, a mum or dad, a sibling or perhaps a work colleague, everybody has a job to play within the early intervention of an consuming dysfunction,” says Christine Naismith, Co-Founder & Director of Consuming Issues Households Australia.  

“There’s no single solution to method somebody with an consuming dysfunction, and totally different approaches will work for various folks at totally different occasions. It’s by no means suggested to ‘watch and wait.’ Belief your instincts and take motion early earlier than the consuming dysfunction turns into entrenched.”  

“It typically takes a village to assist somebody get better and typically it could even take a number of tries to seek out one thing that works, however that’s okay. The essential factor is to help them with compassion and reassurance, and preserve making an attempt,” provides Naismith. 

EDAA members – Butterfly, Consuming Issues Victoria, Consuming Issues Queensland and Consuming Issues Households Australia – will share BIEDAW content material all through the week throughout their respective social media channels and can host respective occasions throughout Australia. For extra data on BIEDAW head to: 


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Media Contact 

Emma Bedson 
Account Supervisor – Edelman 
Ph: +61 432 904 035

Editor and producers observe: Please embrace the next help line particulars in all media protection of this story and discuss with the Mindframe Media tips for protected reporting on consuming issues. Please embrace the next helpline message. 

Assist and Help 

Anybody needing help with consuming issues or physique picture points is inspired to contact: 

  • Butterfly Nationwide Helpline on 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE) or   
  • Consuming Issues Victoria Helpline on 1300 550 23 
  • For pressing help name Lifeline 13 11 14 


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