Paying the Price: economic and social impact of eating disorders report, compiled by Deloitte Access Economics, found that the total social and economic impact of the estimated 913,986 Australians who have an eating disorder this year is $69.7 billion.
The report is the first of its kind for eating disorders in Australia, identifying prevalence, financial costs, and the productivity and societal impact of the many Australians suffering these mental illnesses.
CEO of The Butterfly Foundation, Christine Morgan, said it is important to keep in mind that the figures presented in this report are a conservative assessment, based on the limited data currently available in Australia.
The report also estimated that the mortality rates are almost twice as high for people with eating disorders than in the general population – with up to 1,828 deaths from eating disorders in 2012 (515 males and 1,313 females).
The full report can be downloaded here.
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