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Eating disorders are starting earlier, let's stop them earlier!
This year Butterfly has had children as young as 7 needing support for an eating disorder.

Over the holiday season, people tell us they feel 'cloudy', 'hopeless' and unable to see the 'light'.
 We need your help to turn this around!

Find out how your donation can TURN IT AROUND for people with eating disorders below.Chris2018 5


cloud1 Children as young as 7 are getting support for an eating disorder

cloud1 73% of Australians are unhappy with their appearance and want to change the way they look

cloud1 One in four girls and one in 10 boys consciously restrict their food intake to control their weight (AIFS, 2018)

cloud1 People of all ages, gender identities, sexualities and cultural backgrounds are experiencing eating disorders in Australia

cloud1 The most common question we get asked by parents or carers is how to support their loved one

cloud1 Many people experiencing eating disorders recognise something is wrong but are too scared to talk to someone or don’t know where to go to for help

cloud1 This time of year is particularly difficult for people experiencing eating disorders because:

- There are more social gatherings
- A lot of focus is on food
- Advertising about diets is rife
- Everyone expects you to be happy
- It feels like everyone is 'watching' you


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Worried about a friend or someone you care about?

It can be extremely difficult raising the subject of eating disorders with a friend or loved one. To be supportive one needs to learn what to say and what not to say.  


We can help you with knowing when to talk to your friend and what to say. ›

Concerned parents & carers

Communicating your concern with your child about eating and dieting behaviour can be extremely difficult. Butterfly offers a range of services that can provide you with skills and information related to communicating with your child.  


We can help you with recognising issues and what to do. ›

Teachers & Professionals Working with Young People

Teachers and those working with young people are often the first to become aware of dis-ordered eating behaviours.  Butterfly Education provides early intervention and prevention skills for professionals working with young people. 

We have a range of advice & resources ›