Why ‘Pass the Baton’ for Eating Disorders?

Eating Disorders are serious, life-threatening brain-based illnesses and not choices. 

Anorexia Nervosa has the highest death rate of any mental illness, with up to 20% dying from suicide or physical complications caused by the illness

In fact, approximately 2,000 young people in Australia die each year from the effects of an eating disorder – sadly, many more deaths than the national road toll. 

Not a lifestyle choice

EDFA has created a baton concept to share key facts and help others understand that eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice. They take their toll on the entire family over the difficult, exhausting and lengthy battle of their loved one’s recovery. 

Families suffer emotionally and financially, often feeling isolated, alone and fearful about their loved one’s future.

Family integral to treatment team

Our relay batons are symbolic of the sharing of important information which must occur with all members of the treatment team. 

The team must stay on track, working together, passing the same message to one another, setting boundaries and keeping the individual safe.

Strength, resilience and determination

While it is a sprint to get early detection and diagnosis, we know that eating disorders can take a long time to recover from, both physically and mentally.

Caring for someone is like a marathon. Families need strength, understanding, resilience and determination to support someone with an eating disorder.


Why become a member?

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

We invite you to be part of a revolutionary peer support group making positive changes in the Eating Disorder space.  

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

Mum and teenager with eating disorder hug during recovery

Yearly membership is just $25, and members will receive a book on Eating Disorders, discounts to Eating Disorder conferences and events, free access to monthly statewide strive support groups, bi-monthly National education sessions & daily online peer support through the private strive FB groups.