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Every experience of an eating disorder is unique. 
Sharing stories from personal experience allows for reflection, understanding and connection.

The personal stories below have been shared by those touched by an eating disorder, whether that be the person themselves, their family or friends. These stories give insight into the challenges and triumphs faced when managing and recovering from an eating disorder.

Butterfly is committed to embracing diversity and welcomes stories from all people irrespective of body shape, ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

While Butterfly wishes to create a safe space for people to share their experiences with others, we understand that reading personal stories may be triggering for some. If you feel distressed or would like some support, we encourage you to reach out to the Butterfly National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 (available between 8am and midnight 7 days a week)

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If you require support for body image or eating disorder concerns, please contact:

Butterfly's National Helpline 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE)


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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 ›