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Eating Disorders Victoria

Eating Disorders Victoria is the primary source of support, information, community education and advocacy for people with eating disorders and their families in Victoria.

Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) connects those whose lives are affected by eating disorders with the people, services and hope they need for recovery.

EDV incorporates a unique approach to the provision of clinical and non-clinical support services through a blend of qualified professionals and lived experience of employees and volunteers.

The approach and services provided by EDV have a direct impact on the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of Victorians every year.

Eating Disorders Victoria operates a helpline, that provides information, guidance and support to anyone whose life is affected by an eating disorder, body image issues or disordered eating.

The Eating Disorders Helpline, 1300 550 236, is the first point of contact with support, guidance, information and referrals for thousands of people with an eating disorder and their families, partners and friends. Available Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 5.00pm.

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Dangers of dieting

Dieting is the greatest risk factor for the development of an eating disorder. 68% of 15 year old females are on a diet, of these, 8% are severely dieting. Adolescent girls who diet only moderately, are five times more likely to develop an eating disorder than those who dont diet, and those who diet severely are 18 time more likely to develop an eating disorder.

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Behavioural Effects | Eating Disorders Victoria

The eating disorder Anorexia Nervosa is a serious mental illness. Behaviour can include excessive exercise, food restriction, secretive behaviour, aggression, withdrawal, self harm

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Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is a serious mental illness, characterised by eating, exercise and body weight or shape becoming an unhealthy preoccupation of someone's life. Its estimated that one million Australians have an eating disorder, and this number is increasing. Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice, a diet gone wrong or a cry for attention. Eating disorders can take many different forms and interfere with a persons day to day life. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) recognises four eating disorders:

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Physical Effects | Eating Disorders Victoria

The eating disorder Bulimia Nervosa is a serious mental illness with physical effects.

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Issues For adolescents

There are a number of issues which surface for the first time during adolescence which can play a factor in the development of an eating disorder.

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Dieting

Recent research shows that women who diet severely are eighteen times more likely to develop an eating disorder. Women who diet moderately are five times more likely to develop an eating disorder.

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Why diets don't work

Weight-loss and fad diets involve restricting food intake to levels which often leave a person constantly hungry and in some cases, lacking the necessary nutrients they need to maintain physical health and energy levels. The restrictive nature of dieting does not work, as fad diets do not provide a sustainable meal plan for the long term. Ninety-five percent of people who diet regain the weight and more within two years. Aside from the dangers of dieting, there are a number of physical and emotional reasons why diets do not work:

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Eating disorders in children, teens & older adults

Although it is most common for eating disorders to develop during adolescence, young children can also be affected. Both the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and the Westmead Hospital in Sydney have recorded large increases in admissions in children under 12 since 2000.

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Treatment settings

For most people with eating disorders, their general practitioner is the first point of contact. For some people, where the eating disorder may be diagnosed as mild, the GP may take the lead in treating the eating disorder. In treating a patient with an eating disorder, GPs may involve other practitioners such as dietitians and psychologists.

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EDV Helpfinder

EDV keeps up-to-date listings of public and private treatment services for eating disorders in Victoria, including program specifics, eligibility criteria and contact details for admission. To discuss which services are available in your area, please call the Eating Disorders Helpline on 1300 550 236 or email help@eatingdisorders.org.au

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