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Information for Young People

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This period of your life is a time of great change biologically, physically and psychologically.

These changes can be stressful and might make you feel insecure or self-conscious, particularly when we know that concerns and pressures about weight, appearance and eating are common in today’s society. All these things can increase the risk of developing an eating disorder.

Eating Disorders: Be Informed

8 Tips for dealing with an Eating Disorder

  1. Understand what eating disorders are
  2. Promote positive body image for yourself and friends
  3. Know the risks of ‘dieting’
  4. Look out for yourself and friends
  5. If you’re worried about someone, talk to them
  6. Get help as soon as possible
  7. Stay positive and look after yourself
  8. If you have any questions about eating disorders, we can help

Find out more by downloading our 8 Tips for Dealing with an Eating Disorder Booklet.


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Get Help

Do you need to speak to someone urgently? Butterfly’s National Support Line and Web Counselling Service provides free, confidential support for anyone with a question about eating disorders or negative
body image including carers, family and friends.

Phone: 1800 ED HOPE / 1800 33 4673

Find more help and support in your area on our helplines page.


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Get the Facts

If you have experienced an eating disorder or are concerned about a family member or friend you will find the latest information you need on our downloadable fact sheets.

Visit our fact sheets page and get the facts.

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How to help

Being as informed as possible about how to recognise eating disorders will help you help someone you are concerned about.

Find out what to say and do when helping someone out.

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Guys get Eating Disorders too.

While they are often portrayed as disorders that only affect females, 1 in 10 people diagnosed with an ED are male.

Find out more about males with eating disorders.

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What causes body dissatisfaction?

When a person has negative thoughts and feelings about his or her own body, body dissatisfaction can develop.

Find out how to improve your body image.