Eating disorders are serious mental health issues with about 15 percent of Australian girls experiencing an eating disorder by the time they are 19 years old. Disordered eating affects 23 percent of young Australian women with long-term detrimental impacts on quality of life. One in four are male.
People with an eating disorder have disturbed eating behaviours and distorted beliefs, with an extreme concern about their weight, shape, eating and body image, affecting their physical health or psychosocial functioning. Some examples of eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder.
Eating disorders are all-consuming that can have devastating long-term impacts and are one of the reasons why eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
But what causes an eating disorder, how do we treat it effectively and how do we prevent it from happening in the first place? That’s what we want to find out.
Together, with your help, we can change societal perceptions, create better treatment and prevention strategies, and help to save the lives of people living with eating disorders.