Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of these life threatening conditions and help reduce the stigma associated with eating disorders.
There is an enormous lack of knowledge in Australia surrounding negative body image and eating disorders. The reality is that they are extremely common, affecting an increasing number of people each year. In fact, almost 1 in 20 Australians are thought to have an eating disorder. They are not a lifestyle choice, they are not about food and you cannot tell just by looking at someone if they are suffering. Negative body image is a risk factor for developing an eating disorder.
Schools can have a role to play in prevention by implementing a whole school approach to body dissatisfaction, eating and wellbeing. We have long known that eating disorder risk prevention programs in schools (both primary and secondary) can have an impact on children’s behaviour and attitudes. However, it is also recognised that single information sessions (not backed up by changes in the school environment) have little long-term impact on either body image, self-esteem or eating behaviours (Eaing Disorders Vic). Contact Nicole to find out more.
If you need help for yourself, a family member or friend, you can call 1800 ED HOPE / 1800 33 4673 (Mon-Fri 8am – 9pm) or visit http://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/national-edhope-line/ for web support.
If in crisis call Lifeline 13 11 14 (24 hrs).