Eating disorders and body image concerns are serious and complex issues highly prevalent in today’s society. In an environment where so much focus is on body shape and size, we are seeing an increase in high risk behaviours in people, and increased rates of eating disorders. Approximately a million Australians experience an eating disorder, often with little support within the community to adequately address this.
Butterfly Foundation was founded by Claire Vickery in 2002, who became acutely aware of the lack of resources available after her two daughters suffered from anorexia nervosa and found it very difficult to find help. Since then, Butterfly has established the National Helpline 1800 ED HOPE, programs for schools and teachers on body image, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adults and youth, Butterfly Research Institute (BRI), and community recovery and support services. Our mission is to raise awareness about the reality of eating disorders and to support anyone affected by eating disorders and negative body image. We strive to be a catalyst for change and to value people for who they are, rather than what they look like. We represent all people affected by eating disorders and negative body image – a person with the illness, their family and their friends.