It’s Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week, a time designed to raise awareness for body image concerns and eating disorders across Australia.
Throughout the week, we’ve had conversations and shared stories of peoples experiences tackling this serious mental illness.
Yesterday, we had Rachel from the Butterfly Foundation share her experience, which you can listen to here:
Today, we aim to provide you with as many resources as possible to access information regarding eating disorders and body image issues.
We spoke to Professor Tracey Wade, Director of the Orama Institute at Flinders University, also the academic lead for the Eating Disorders services in SA, who provides a downloadable PDF attached to the bottom of this article. This PDF provides a list of helpful language and behaviour to support body confident children and communities.
If you’re a parent, or are concerned about developing an eating disorder, this resource could be of value to you.
The National Eating Disorders Collaboration might also be useful for additional information.
Finally, the Butterfly Foundation has just launched their Body Kind Families initiative, designed to help parents of teenagers create a home environment that supports positive body image and being body kind.
This information has been compiled in a bid to eliminate stigma, and provide a safe location whereby people may anonymously access the information they might need for themselves, or others in their life.
If this has raised issues for you, you may also contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or the Butterfly Helpline on 1800 334 673
Together, we can end the stigma.