How You Can Help Someone With an Eating Disorder
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Take a look in the news at any given day and there will be some form of spotlight on eating disorders. Celebrities revealing their secret struggles, everyday people sharing their body-positive roads to recovery, new diagnoses and words of warning about cultivating healthy relationships with food and so on.
And when you consider the amount of body shaming that repeatedly occurs — something exacerbated by the prevalence of social media, it's clear the line between healthy and disordered eating is a fine one. According to the National Eating Disorders Collaboration, the prevalence of eating disorders in Australia is increasing. Currently, about one in 20 Australians suffer from the condition, and it can affect up to 15 percent of Australian women in their lifetime.
Eating disorders also have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, with suicide rates for anorexia being 32 percent higher than the general population, according to the Butterfly Foundation. Like a lot of mental health diseases, it's a condition that doesn't discriminate, but can be a tricky area to navigate. Below, the Butterfly Foundation's tips for helping and supporting a loved one.