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29 Feb 2024

New Report Reveals Alarming Growth in Both Prevalence and Cost of Eating Disorders

Butterfly Foundation, the national charity for eating disorders, is calling for increased government funding for prevention of eating disorders in Australia, revealing a shocking 21% increase in prevalence and 36% increase in economic cost since 2012.

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27 Feb 2024

Improving Health Outcomes for People with an Eating Disorder or Body Image Issue: Butterfly Attains National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health (NSQDMH) Standards Accreditation

Butterfly, the national charity for all people in Australia affected by eating disorders and body image concerns, has received government accreditation to the National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health (NSQDMH) Standards, with the auditor recognising Butterfly’s exemplar practice in engaging and partnering with people with lived experience. 

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08 Feb 2024

Butterfly launches first national guidelines to support the eating disorders peer workforce

Butterfly releases new Eating Disorder Peer Workforce Guidelines, aiming to remove barriers to help eating disorder peer support reach its full potential in Australia and improve outcomes for those living with an eating disorder and their carers.

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10 Jan 2024

Butterfly launches Next Steps Outpatient Program to fill desperate gap in care and make eating disorder recovery a reality

Butterfly’s new virtual outpatient program will provide critical support for people transitioning out of eating disorder inpatient care to reduce relapse and re-admission.

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27 Nov 2023

Butterfly Helpline prepares for surge in calls as eating disorder distress expected to increase this holiday season

The national charity for eating disorders is calling for donations to help support an estimated 750,000 Australians living with an eating disorder who experience a highly distressing eating disorder ‘voice’ or noise in their heads, which is expected to intensify over the Christmas and holiday season.

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14 Sep 2023

Eating disorder sector calls on tech companies to do more to stop harmful content

Experts from the eating disorder sector have called for tighter regulation of social media apps at today’s Body Image and Social Media roundtable in Parliament House, Canberra.

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11 Sep 2023

Butterfly’s second annual youth survey to reveal true status of body image in young Australians

For the second year, Butterfly is partnering with nib foundation to deliver the Butterfly Body Kind Youth Survey, to better understand young Australian’s body image issues.

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05 Sep 2023

Butterfly’s Body Kind September looks to improve Australia’s widespread body image issues

Body dissatisfaction is a leading risk factor for the development of an eating disorder, and with research showing that body image concerns are widespread among adults and young people, it is something that Australia can no longer ignore. As early intervention and education are proven to be critical in improving outcomes for people with body image issues, Body Kind programs to help build positive body image and support mental health and wellbeing are an essential resource for families, schools and communities across Australia.  

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31 Aug 2023

Eating Disorder Organisations Say ‘The Time Is Now’ to Take Action for the Millions of Australians Impacted

This Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week (BIEDAW), 4 - 10 September, Australia’s major eating disorder organisations share actions everyone can take to improve the lives of those affected.

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30 Aug 2023

Eating Disorder Organisations Back New National Eating Disorder Strategy to Drive Urgent Reform

With more than one million Australians experiencing an eating disorder, and prevalence rates continuing to increase, a new 10-year National Eating Disorder Strategy released today outlines key steps needed to tackle Australia’s growing eating disorder crisis.

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02 Aug 2023

Harmful schoolyard eating habits putting kids at risk

School children calling for more body image support as parents and teachers report an increase in disordered eating behaviours in schools.

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14 Jul 2023

Butterfly’s new CEO passionate to improve treatment and support at a critical time for eating disorders and body dissatisfaction

Butterfly Foundation, Australia’s national eating disorder charity, is pleased to announce the appointment of new CEO, Dr Jim Hungerford, bringing more than 20-years of experience across commercial, healthcare and not-for-profit sectors.

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