Early Identification

Are you concerned someone you love may have an Eating Disorder?

If you have eating disorder symptoms you should take the early identification test

Eating disorder symptoms can vary from person to person, and be masked in many different ways.

They are serious and potentially life-threatening mental illnesses.

Eating disorders don’t discriminate. They affect all ages, cultural and socioeconomic groups and both genders. Take the Eating Disorder test here.

Eating Disorders include: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Otherwise Specified Feeding Eating Disorder (OSFED) and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).

Experience tells us it’s critical to identify eating disorders as early as possible. Families are often the first to notice early warning signs and eating disorder symptoms.

Online Eating Disorder tool

Feed Your Instinct (FYI) is an interactive tool designed to support parents of children and young people experiencing different types of eating and/or body image problems.

FYI aims to highlight common warning signs and eating disorder symptoms, and provide useful information about eating and/or body image problems. It will also provide you with guidance on how to help your child with these problems at home, and suggest options for further support.

Watch the videos below to learn more about disordered eating and what to look for.

Looking for an eating disorder clinician? A great place to look is the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) which has a search tool for finding a clinician local to you. 

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

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. 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 monthly state-based strive carer support groups, twice monthly education sessions, monthly sibling support, quarterly strive support groups for carers of people with ARFID and Bulimia as well as a group for male carers and access to the members-only National strive Australia page providing connection with & support from fellow parents and carers all over Australia. Members will also receive discounts to eating disorder events and conferences. Daily online support through our striveFacebook pages and the opportunity to connect, share, learn and ask questions is another benefit of being part of our EDFA community.

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 ED 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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