Eating Disorders in Children and Young People

a child stands on a scale, measuring their weight

It’s not only teenagers and young adults who are affected by Eating Disorders (EDs). In recent years, rates of EDs in boys and girls under 12 have been growing. This article is for parents facing this challenging and often lonely journey and aims to offer practical guidance for navigating an ED in your child or teen.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are surprisingly common. Over 1 million Australians – about 4% of the population – are currently living with an eating disorder. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase of eating disorders and disordered eating behaviours, with Australia’s Butterfly National Helpline receiving a 48% increase in contacts over the past year.

Polly’s story

Polly talks frankly about her struggles with eating disorders and other forms of anxiety and how isolating these can be.