If someone you care about has an eating disorder, you are not alone.

Sadly, eating disorders are common. Around 1 in 20 Australians have an Eating Disorder and this rate is increasing. Approximately 15% of Australian women experience an eating disorder. Which means there’s a lot of information on Eating Disorders.
But what information is going to be most helpful for you? This site is designed to give you access to both succinct and detailed information on eating disorders, treatment options and how you can help your loved one.

Eating Disorders are serious

Some people may struggle with an eating disorder long-term . It can also become a life threatening illness. So getting the right information and support for you and your loved one is absolutely vital.

This site has been designed for especially you*

It’s a place with good, succinct information from a variety of sources. If you want more information on a particular topic we provide the link. As you might want to refer back to the information here, we’ve made it easy to:

  • save pages as PDF
  • print out pages
  • bookmark a page
*Note: This site is for those supporting an adult with eating disorders – however, the information is relevant to all.

Let us know what you think.

We’d like for you to take 5 minutes to complete this short survey. We appreciate your contribution to the ongoing development of this site.

Take Survey

Clear, manageable steps

You will find there is a clear step-by-step process to the information and helpful support available for all three key stages of care:

  1. Discovery: Realising that your loved one has an eating disorder.
  2. Treatment: Assisting with the treatment process most helpful to your loved one.
  3. Recovery: How to help guide your loved one through the transition to personal autonomy and a positive, active life.
  • Gain as much information as you can, starting with the information and links on this website.
  • Trust your gut.
  • Remember: the person you care about is separate from the eating disorder. Eating disorders are a behaviour and a coping strategy for people but they are not the whole person.
  • Seek professional help – the sooner the better.

Understanding Eating Disorders
The Eating Disorder Association Inc

Download Here

Caring for Someone with an Eating Disorder
The Australian National Eating Disorders Centre (NEDC) [AUST]

Download Here

Eating Disorders Your Guide
This guide has been written by mental health specialists, based on the best available evidence and with extensive input from consumer and carer representatives.  Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists  RANZCP January 2016

Download Here

Buy; search your local library; or borrow from EDA (if in Brisbane, Australia):

Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder
by Janet Treasure [UK]

Equips carer with the skills and knowledge needs to support and encourage those suffering from an eating disorder. Offers information alongside detailed techniques and strategies. Aimed at parents but suitable for any person ling with or supporting someone with an eating disorder.

8 keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder
by Carolyn Costin & Gwen Grabb [US]

A unique personal perspective into treatment and recovery of eating disorders. Written by a therapist and her former patient.

Midlife Eating Disorders
by Cynthia M Bulik [US]

Very thorough book, the second half being very helpful in understanding how eating disorders can occur in adults, the impact and treatment options.

Unbearable Lightness – A Story of Loss and Gain
by Portia De Rossi [US]

To get an understanding for what it is like to have an eating disorder.

More Info Here
More Info Here
More Info Here
More Info Here

Listen to Richard Fidler interview podcasts:

Joanne Cook on suffering and recovering from anorexia in mid-life
Source: ABC website (50.51mins) [AUST]

Listen Here

Megan Axelsen opens up about her ongoing battle with anorexia
Source: ABC website (52.23 mins) [AUST]

Listen Here

Amanda Webster on her experience with her 11year old son and anorexia
Source: Soundcloud (51.09 mins) [AUST]

Listen Here

Anorexia-Parents to Parents: What We Wish We Had Understood
Length: 40.40mins [US]

This clip talks to parents of teenagers with anorexia. However the majority of the information applies across eating disorders and is suitable to understand for adults with anorexia.

The Nine Truths About Eating Disorders. June 2016Length: 1.30min

This short clip has via the cast and crew of the movie To The Bone in honor of World Eating Disorders Action Day with a different person explaining the nine truths of eating disorders.

Eating Disorders Association Inc

The Eating Disorders Association Inc (Qld) also know as the EDA is a non-profit organisation funded by Queensland Health. The EDA is an organisation dedicated to providing information, referral and resources, individual on going and single session counselling, facilitated group support, skills based training, information workshops and peer mentoring to carers of those living with an eating disorder.

The EDA also provides education program, information and resources to schools, universities, health professionals, community organisations and the general public.

The Eating Issues Centre

The Eating Issues Centre is a community based non-profit charity promoting positive body images and the prevention of eating issues as well as offering recovery based treatment.

We are funded by Qld Health to provide information and referrals, free counselling, therapeutic groups and peer support to people with eating issues over the age of 16 throughout Qld. A medical diagnosis is not required to access out services.

Talk it through with…

Eating Disorders Association’s counsellor:
07 3077 7320 Monday – Thursday 9-4pm (Queensland only)
Butterfly Foundation Support Services Monday to Friday 8am – 9pm AEST

  1. ED HOPE 1800 33 4673
  2. Web counselling thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/web-counselling
Or encourage your loved one to call The Eating Issues Centre on 07 3844 6055 for information and support (Tuesday – Friday 9-4pm).
If you prefer you can email us with your questions or queries and we will get back to during office hours mailto:admin@eda.org.au