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This is the Butterfly Podcast from the Butterfly Foundation, your national voice for people living with body image issues and eating disorders.

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This is the Butterfly Podcast from the Butterfly Foundation, your national voice for people living with body image issues and eating disorders.

    In Depth: Butterfly's head of research and policy on the new community insights report

    In Depth: Butterfly's head of research and policy on the new community insights report

    Please note: This episode was briefly published prematurely on the 4th of April. If you listened to it then we apologise for the repeat. 

    If you’ve ever wondered what the public in Australia knows and thinks about eating disorders and body image issues, this episode will put all your questions to rest. We unpack the latest findings from Butterfly's 2024 Community Insights Report with our Head of Knowledge, Research and Policy who shares her perspective on some enlightening results.

    The report focuses on community awareness, perceptions, and attitudes, and while Dr. Squire shares the key findings, she also compares these with a previous report published four years ago. What are the implications of community understanding (and misunderstanding) for those with lived experience and the sector at large? Has anything changed?

    One key part of the study reveals some dangerous myths and stereotypes surrounding eating disorders, and Dr Squire examines how various misconceptions impact those who might need support.

    “We need to understand that eating disorder stigma is complex, important, and under researched. And we can't identify signs and symptoms or support people to seek help without understanding how public stigma and, consequently, self-stigma works for people because stigma around eating disorders is different to other types of mental health stigma.”

    Listen to Dr. Squire explain it all – you'll be surprised by what we found out.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE 2024 COMMUNITY INSIGHTS REPORT

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    JOIN OUR 101 WEBINAR ABOUT EATING DISORDERS ON APRIL 17

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    • 23 min
    Ouch: The eye-popping costs of an eating disorder

    Ouch: The eye-popping costs of an eating disorder

    We often talk about the psycho-emotional costs of eating disorders for those living with them; but up to this point, we haven’t learned much about the costs to society.  Now we know. Since 2012, there’s been a shocking 36 per cent increase in the economic burden of eating disorders to the people of Australia. In the meantime, 1.1 million people in this country are currently living with an eating disorder – that's an increase of 21% in only ten years.

    • 28 min
    If you've experienced trauma you could be at risk for an eating disorder

    If you've experienced trauma you could be at risk for an eating disorder

    We should let you know that this episode discusses sexual abuse and comes with a trigger warning. It's about trauma, which is an individual’s response to an event or series of events that have deeply disturbed their sense of safety, security, or well-being.   While research shows a clear intersection between trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and eating disorders, too few health professionals include trauma therapy in their practice. Why? They’re concerned that by opening the “trauma box” there’ll be a worsening of symptoms or relapse.

    • 26 min
    In Depth with Harvard’s change maker Professor S. Bryn Austin

    In Depth with Harvard’s change maker Professor S. Bryn Austin

    This month we’re talking to a distinguished social epidemiologist and behavioural scientist at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Her name is Professor Bryn Austin, and her research focuses on public health approaches to eating disorders.

    Our conversation begins with an overview of the web that connects consumer culture, corporate exploitation, and the pervasive influence of diet culture on body image. “We’ve known for decades how harmful the consumer marketplace can be with diet culture, the diet industry, diet pills and supplements, and all the negative body image pressures that come through media, social media and advertising,” she says. “People have been writing about this for decades.”

    The problem is we still need to more deeply understand–and do more to address—what corporations are doing to exploit diet culture for profit.

    Don’t miss Professor Austin’s wise perspective. Not only does she share her thoughts on the complexities of the body image and eating disorders landscape, but she also discusses the transformative potential of strategic initiatives, including what her Harvard-based laboratory did to protect young Americans from predatory diet-industry profiteering.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PROFESSOR BRYN AUSTIN

    READ ABOUT AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL EATING DISORDERS STRATEGY
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    • 24 min
    Under-diagnosed and poorly treated: Eating disorders in larger bodies

    Under-diagnosed and poorly treated: Eating disorders in larger bodies

    We’re talking about the higher-weight paradox, particularly when well-meaning health professionals can trigger an eating disorder or make one worse. 

    Not everything health issue is solved by losing weight, yet that is what people in larger bodies too often hear. Worse, numerous people living with eating disorders remain undiagnosed and untreated because the stereotype of an eating disorder doesn’t fit their reality.   

    Melissa says she had an eating disorder from age 12 but wasn’t diagnosed until age 22. In fact, her unhelpful behaviours were encouraged: “All that my doctors cared about was for me to lose weight,” she says. 

    Professor Leah Brennan of Latrobe University reports that eating disorders occur across the size spectrum and the prevalence of eating disorders is actually greater in people in larger bodies. 

    One problem, says GP Samantha Wyton, is that people in non-typical body shapes and sizes are too often made to feel unsafe and unwelcome in medical settings. 

    “We’re taught that obesity is a disease in medical training,” she says. But it’s a lot more complex than that. “We need to embrace the full spectrum of shapes and sizes, because that’s the reality of the human condition.”   

    Dietitian Dr Fiona Willer, agrees. “The effect of weight centrism, particularly in primary care, is that people will delay going to the doctor until they can’t avoid it,” she says. And that effectively creates an issue for all their health outcomes, not only body image and eating disorders. 

    Listen to Sam unpack this issue with our group of concerned and articulate guests, including their thoughts about how we can and must change.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RISKS AND WARNING SIGNS

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PROFESSOR LEAH BRENNAN

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DR SAMANTHA WYTON

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DR FIONA WILLER

    LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR #QUIETTHENOISE CAMPAIGN FEATURING SARAH COX

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    • 27 min
    ANZAED 23: Still more to learn from the latest in research

    ANZAED 23: Still more to learn from the latest in research

    At the recent Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders conference on the Gold Coast, we spoke to experts about new and groundbreaking insights into eating disorders. This episode is the second in a series of two.  

    Dr Simon Wilksch unpacks his work around the significant financial and emotional costs that families face when caring for children with eating disorders and, to improve outcomes, why he recommends that parents and caregivers receive support too. 

    Monash’s Courney McLean talks about the complex relationship between vegetarianism, veganism, and eating disorders, and the tool she’s developing to assess motivation for adopting to a plant-based diet. Her work points the way to improved diagnosis and care for vegetarians and vegans experiencing eating disorders.

    Belinda Chelius, CEO of Eating Disorders Queensland, explains her evidence-based rationale for including lived experience practitioners in eating disorder treatment, and why lived experience has always provided the infrastructure for EDQs work.

    Finally, Dr. Renee Denham, a child and adolescent psychiatrist based in Brisbane, describes the interplay between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and restrictive eating, and how we can identify and help those kids affected.  

    These conversations reveal the multifaceted nature of eating disorders and the innovative approaches being taken to address them. 

    Find out more about ANZAED

    Find out more about Simon Wilksch

    Find out more about Courtney McLean

    Find out more about Belinda Chelius

    Find out more about Renee Denham
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    • 32 min

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63 Ratings

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I am so grateful for this podcast. It helps me to understand the issues which are presented in a calm and sensible discussion with some professional but not too much,
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