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Butterfly Asks Australians To Share The Cost Of Eating Disorders

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8 February, 2017  - Butterfly Research Institute (BRI) launches 'The Cost Of Eating Disorders' survey to better understand the financial impact on an individual and family when treating an eating disorder in Australia.

"In 2012, Butterfly commissioned a report  from Deloitte Access Economics to examine the socioeconomic cost of eating disorders in Australia. The report found that the total socioeconomic cost for eating disorders in 2012 was $69.7 billion.This survey will revisit these findings, with a strong focus on the financial costs related to treating an eating disorder and hearing the voices of the lived experience in order to give a realistic narrative around the statistics and findings."


This consultation is part of the work of the Butterfly Research Institute (BRI) on the cost of treating an eating disorder.

It aims to find out about Australians’ experiences when it comes to the cost of treatment for an eating disorder. The survey offers an opportunity for Australians to:

Share their experience of the financial costs related to the treatment of an eating disorder
Help us to understand the impact of this cost on their daily lives
Contribute to commentary for government, both Federal and State, for advocacy and change to current health policy

Getting a wide range of experiences from the community, will allow us to better understand the financial impact on an individual and family when treating an eating disorder. 


Anyone living in Australia who is 18 years or over and has themselves received treatment for an eating disorder, or accessed treatment for a family member. 


You can participate by completing our online survey. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes. Participation is voluntary and anonymous.



Share the survey with your networks so we can reach as many Australians as possible.
Please include our National Helpline 1800 33 4673 on all information shared, for those who wish to seek support.


This survey delves into your personal experience. You might find some of the questions uncomfortable, personal or upsetting. If this survey brings up questions or concerns for you, please contact:

Butterfly’s National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 or email

For urgent support call Lifeline 13 11 14

Principal Investigator: Frances Cook
Media Contact: Danielle Cuthbert 

Worried about a friend or someone you care about?

It can be extremely difficult raising the subject of eating disorders with a friend or loved one. To be supportive one needs to learn what to say and what not to say.  


We can help you with knowing when to talk to your friend and what to say. ›

Concerned parents & carers

Communicating your concern with your child about eating and dieting behaviour can be extremely difficult. Butterfly offers a range of services that can provide you with skills and information related to communicating with your child.  


We can help you with recognising issues and what to do. ›

Teachers & Professionals Working with Young People

Teachers and those working with young people are often the first to become aware of dis-ordered eating behaviours.  Butterfly Education provides early intervention and prevention skills for professionals working with young people. 

We have a range of advice & resources ›