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28 May 2024

Eating disorder sector present Government with urgent recommendations to improve protections for young people on social media

Butterfly Foundation, the national charity for eating disorders, in alignment with industry experts and select MPs, is calling on the Government to take immediate action to support young people in Australia when it comes to body image and mental health issues exacerbated by social media.

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23 May 2024

Eating Disorders Alliance Welcomes Ban on Compounded GLP-1 Receptor Agonists

The Eating Disorders Alliance (EDA), a coalition of leading eating disorder organisations in Australia and New Zealand, is encouraged to see the impact of our national advocacy campaign to address the significant medical risks posed by inappropriately promoted or prescribed weight loss products, particularly compounded GLP-1 receptor agonist analogues (GLP-1RAs). 

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23 May 2024

Body dissatisfaction is stopping nearly half of young people in Australia from going to school

Butterfly’s second annual Body Kind Youth Survey reveals young people in Australia are calling for more support to tackle body image issues and its impact on their daily lives. 

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15 May 2024

Welcome support for critical body image programs, but investment for preventing and treating eating disorders comes up short

Butterfly’s vision is that ‘all people in Australia can live free of eating disorders and negative body image.’ As a not-for-profit charity, we cannot do this without significant government investment. We respond to the Federal Budget 2024-25

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09 May 2024

Pause before you post: Social media ‘appearance-led’ content impacting Australians’ body image.

Butterfly Foundation, the national charity for eating disorders and body image issues, have partnered with Instagram to encourage ‘conscious creation’ as new research shows the unintended impact content can have on Australians’ body image.

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01 May 2024

Significant improvements to mental and physical health for people with an eating disorder treated at Wandi Nerida

Newly released independent clinical and economic evaluations of Wandi Nerida, Butterfly Foundation’s first community-based private hospital for eating disorders, demonstrate treatment success across mental and physical health measures with expected longer-term benefits.

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09 Apr 2024

New research reveals dangerous gap in Australians’ understanding of eating disorders

Butterfly Foundation is launching a new online screening tool to help the nine in ten people not confident in spotting signs and symptoms of an eating disorder. 

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26 Mar 2024

Eating Disorders Alliance (EDA) advocates for action on compounded weight loss drugs

The Eating Disorders Alliance (EDA), an alliance of major eating disorder organisations in Australia and New Zealand, will write to Federal Health Minister Mark Butler to seek the removal of weight loss drugs from manufacture in compounding pharmacies to protect those vulnerable to eating disorders.

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04 Mar 2024

Eating Disorders Alliance (EDA) welcomes potential ban of compounded weight loss drugs

The Eating Disorders Alliance (EDA) has welcomed the potential ban of compounded weight loss drugs, saying such a move would help to protect those vulnerable to eating disorders.

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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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