Australias first national strategy for eating disorders released


“Eating disorders are poorly understood by the general public and medical professionals”, said Dr Maguire.

“70 percent of people with an eating disorder don’t get treatment, and of those who do, only 20 percent receive an evidence-based treatment.”

“We need to work with clinicians so they can intervene effectively, using the best research,” said Dr Sian McLean, President of the Australian & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders and one of the researchers who contributed to the development of the Strategy.

“And we all need to be aware of the early warning signs of eating disorders, especially in people who might not fit public stereotypes.”

“Eating disorder research has been historically very poorly funded. Government investment in this strategy marks a significant turning point.”

Eating disorders can be associated with significant body changes, for example weight loss in anorexia nervosa, but most people who live with eating disorders don’t experience this, and so their struggle can be hidden, go unnoticed or even be dismissed by clinicians.



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