A considered approach should be taken when reporting on eating disorders. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that shouldn’t be trivialized. Reporting should also consider the use of descriptive language, behaviours and specifics, such as weights/numbers. Such reporting can be triggering for people at risk of or in recovery from an eating disorder.
Minframe have put together a fantastic resource to help journalists who are reporting on eating disorders. Please read the guidelines and follow the recommendations.
If you are reporting on eating disorders and using quotes and or material from EDV, please include the following information so that readers know where to access support.
“If you are concerned about yourself or someone you care about, please contact the EDV Hub on 1300 550 236 or visit www.eatingdisorders.org.au.”