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“Any family, anybody, who is fighting an illness like this has to be treated with respect, because the courage that you need to get up every day is incredible” - Fiona

As part of this year's campaign, Butterfly spoke with families who have lost a loved one to an eating disorder. These brave families shared their story with us, in the hope to make change and create a positive future for so many experiencing eating disorders.

The series of videos below explore the challenging journey faced by families and their loved one, and their ongoing struggle to access appropriate support. 

These videos may be confronting as they touch on the reality of each family's experience. If after viewing, you wish to speak to someone for support, please call Butterfly's National Helpline ED HOPE 1800 33 4673.

Fiona, Este, Annette & Stuart - Families share together

Three incredibly brave families came together to share their experience and advocate for change. Butterfly has identified 5 priority areas to improve the management of eating disorders in Australia. 


Fiona's Story 


Annette & Stuart's Story


Este's Story

Alan & Barbara's Story


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