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This page contains information about Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week (BIEDAW). BIEDAW is a national awareness week in Australia and is celebrated during the first week of September each year.

Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2023

BIEDAW 2023 will take place from September 4th – 10th, 2023. Eating Disorders Victoria, The Butterfly Foundation, Eating Disorders Queensland and Eating Disorders Families Australia invite you to join us for BIEDAW 2023: The Time is Now to Act on Eating Disorders and Body Image.

Why is the time now?

🚀 Because recovery from an eating disorder is achievable with the right supports, and individuals who receive early intervention are twice as likely to recover.

⌛ With the very recent release of the National Eating Disorder Strategy 2023-2033, and the upcoming release of the Victorian Eating Disorder Strategy, the time is now to apply pressure on politicians and key decision makers to implement strategy recommendations.

💬 It’s time for community awareness around eating disorders to improve, and for stigma and stereotypes to reduce so that more Australians feel safe to access the support they need.

Here at EDV, we know that the time is now to:

💜 Educate the wider community around body image & eating disorder
🧡 Advocate for an inclusive system of care, and against diet culture
❤️ Celebrate the strength of our community and inspire hope for a brighter future

This Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we’ll be taking a deep dive into how we can Educate, Advocate and Celebrate to help raise awareness and improve the lives of the millions of Australians affected by eating disorders.

How can you get involved?

If you believe the time is now to act on eating disorders, we encourage you to get involved this BIEDAW!

We are calling on the community to influence the hearts and minds of individuals, communities and politicians.

We’ll be sharing lots of resources, stories and advocacy messages through our comms during BIEDAW. Make sure you’re following us on socials and signed up to our newsletter to stay up-to-date!

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Media release: BIEDAW 2023

What is Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week (BIEDAW)?

BIEDAW is a national week of significance that shines a light on eating disorders.

Eating disorders are serious and debilitating mental illnesses that affect approximately 1 in 20 Australians. Just like any mental illness, eating disorders are not the fault of the individual. There is no single identifiable cause of eating disorders – they are believed to be the result of genetic, psychological, environmental and social risk factors.

While eating disorders are more likely to start in adolescence, they can affect anyone at any stage of life.

Eating disorders cause significant mental and physical distress, and require treatment with a range of health professionals. With support, full recovery from an eating disorder is possible for anyone, no matter their age or length of illness.  

Learn more about eating disorders

It’s never safe to watch and wait when it comes to eating disorders. Find out more about eating disorders on our Eating Disorders Explained page.

Eating Disorders Explained
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