There are 750,000 people in Australia who experience a highly distressing eating disorder voice or noise in their heads.
This noise will likely intensify over the holiday season.
It’s like an intruder in your mind, a relentless, overwhelming and unwanted noise telling a person what to eat and how to behave. It makes them feel worthless and desperate. It can increase the severity of an eating disorder.
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Doctors told Sarah she should lose weight. They gave her weight loss medication and a restrictive meal plan. Sarah began starving herself and developed a life-threatening eating disorder.
She became extremely unwell. She saw dozens of health professionals in a desperate attempt to get help, but was told that her weight loss was a good thing.
Less and less able to cope, she lost her job, her home, and Child Safety removed her child from her care. “I lost everything,” she says.
Sarah was hospitalised more than a dozen times. She would be admitted then released, only to be back in hospital again within weeks.
She describes the noise in her head as non-stop. “One minute it’s telling you ‘you’re fat, awful, ugly, a failure’. And the next minute, it says, ‘But if you do what I say, I can help you’. It promises you the world.”
Sadly, Sarah’s experience is not isolated. In fact, more than 1 million Australians are battling an eating disorder, and less than a quarter of them are receiving the help that they need.
The good news is that Butterfly is here to help. We’re here for Sarah and her recovery.
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