How eating disorders are soaring

This article was written by Jade Gailberger and published in the Herald Sun on 29th February 2024.

Eating disorders are costing Australia a massive $67 billion a year, according to alarming new figures, as experts call on the federal Government to commit more funding to prevent the public health crisis. A new Butterfly Foundation report released today reveals the social and economic costs have soared 36 per cent over a decade. The prevalence of eating disorders has risen 21 per cent since 2012, with at least 1.1 million Australians living with an eating disorder.

Goldstein MP Zoe Daniel said she promised a teenage girl with anorexia in her electorate that she would fight for her family and other families experiencing this cruel illness.

“The evidence is there … so I say to the state and federal governments stop the buck-passing,” she said. “Work together to properly fund treatment and prevention.”


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