Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious and potentially life threatening mental illnesses. They don’t discriminate and affect all ages, cultural and socioeconomic groups, as well as all genders.

Anorexia Nervosa

People with anorexia cut down on their food intake drastically, which causes dramatic weight loss. 

Binge Eating Disorder

BED is characterised by episodes of extreme overeating in a short amount of time and is usually marked by a lack of control

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia is characterised by binge eating, followed by compensatory behaviour to get rid of the calories.


OSFED and UFED describe other specified and unspecified eating disorders


ARFID (Avoidance Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) is not simply ‘picky eating’. It is a very serious eating disorder.       

Long Term Eating Disorders

Eating disorders experience over many years may be considered long-term.

FYI - Eating Disorder Early Identification Tool

Feed Your Instinct (FYI) is an interactive tool designed to help parents recognise the signs of eating disorders/body image problems in their children.

Become a member of EDFA for $25 per year (Australian Carers Only)

EDFA is a proud not-for-profit, predominantly volunteer-run organisation. 

We invite you to be part of a revolutionary peer support group making positive changes in the eating disorder space. Strength in numbers means we are able to affect change and have the collective voice of the carers recognised.

We provide opportunities to connect with other parents and carers who share your experiences, helping you to feel less alone and isolated.

Yearly membership is just $25.

Membership gives access to:

A range of resources in our Member Only section of the website including Educational Recordings, Member Recommended Clinicians and Services, and more.

Over 70 support groups and education sessions per year. including:

Twice monthly education sessions

strive Carer Support Groups for carers of loved ones with any type of eating disorder (run three times each month)

strive ARFID Carer Support Group (run monthly)

strive bulimia nervosa Carer Support Group (run quarterly)

strive binge eating disorder Carer Support Group (run quarterly) 

strive4Men Carer Support Group (run quarterly) – a group for male carers 

siblings Support Group (run monthly) – a group for siblings of those with an eating disorder

daily online support through our private strive Australia Facebook Group and the opportunity to connect, share, learn and ask questions is another benefit of being part of our EDFA community.

discounts to eating disorder events and conferences

Your membership helps EDFA with ongoing costs of running a not-for-profit organisation, and importantly, shows Government that families value, need and believe in this type of lived experience support. Strength in numbers helps EDFA lobby as the collective voice of carers for  better services, treatments, access to expert clinicians and specialised eating disorder units, to help our loved ones in their recovery journey and to acknowledge the impact of an eating disorder diagnosis on the entire family unit.

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