The Morrison government unveiled Australia’s first national strategy on Tuesday to improve early detection and treatment and help prevent eating disorders, as the country sees a worrying increase in disease as a result of long-term lockdowns.
The new Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Strategy, developed with a 4 4 million federal grant from the Inside Out Institute, will guide critical research and is expected to lead the country to eat bulimia, anorexia and binge eating in the next decade.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the strategy would improve the well-being of people with eating disorders and “most importantly, save lives.”
“Unfortunately, eating disorders are one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness, and anorexia is the most deadly of all mental health conditions,” Hunt said.
“Strengthening eating disorder research and translation in Australia will ensure that we find and deliver the latest and best possible assistance to victims and their families and carers.”
Despite the detrimental effects of serious eating disorders, the majority of people with eating disorders (per0 per cent) do not receive treatment and only 20 per cent receive evidence-based treatment, said Dr Sarah Sara Maguire, director of the Insideout Institute.
“Eating disorders are rarely understood by the general public and medical professionals,” he said.
“We know that early intervention can prevent serious illness; We know that with the right therapy at the right time, many people can recover completely.
“But unless we discover the right treatments through research and translate them into the right therapy at the right time, people will not recover.”
The 10-year national strategy outlines 10 priority areas that require additional research, including early identification, access, prevention, family support, treatment outcomes, early intervention, positive and negative treatment effects, individual medications, risks and protective factors, Stigma and health promotion.
During the Covid-1 lockdown lockdown, experts said the strategy was launched after a growing number of people were suffering from eating disorders and reports of mental health recovery.
Danny Rowlands, a manager at the Butterfly Foundation, is an Australian national charity that helps patients with eating disorders. 9news.com.au That long-term stress in August can cause eating disorders.
“Eating disorders often develop as a way to deal with intense and negative experiences and emotions, and for some people this time can trigger difficult feelings and emotions,” Rolands said.
A study by the European Eating Disorders Review in August found that eating 5 percent of people with eating disorders experienced further deterioration of symptoms during the Covid-1 lockdown lockdown.
Furthermore, the researchers further suggested that eating disorders may occur due to emotional distress experienced during the epidemic because of people’s fear of infection, excessive exposure to harmful eating habits on social media, increased emotional distress in obese individuals, and less access to treatment and care.
Canadian researchers also noted in June that children and adolescents are particularly at risk for increased isolation due to lockdowns, with more than half of Canadians reporting adolescent eating disorders and the return of excess exercise symptoms and fears of weight gain by 2020.
Internally, it is estimated that around one million Australians suffer from eating disorders, four per cent of the population, half a million currently living with dementia, 100,000 currently living with bulimia and 25,000 living with anorexia.
Bulimia is characterized by eating Benz episodes and following extreme procedures to avoid weight gain.
In contrast, anorexia is an emotional fear of being underweight and gaining weight by distorting body image.
The institute says that most people who live with an eating disorder do not experience significant changes in the body, so their struggles may disappear or even be dismissed by physicians.
One of the contributors to the strategy, Shannon Calvert, who has experienced severe and chronic anorexia, said the best treatment for eating disorders is “person-centered and empathetic.”
“We need to integrate research and clinical practice so that our experience can educate scientists and health professionals and inform them of the questions they follow,” Calvert said.
The Covid-1 pandemic epidemic has led to a significant increase in the Australian government’s health spending, which now stands at more than billion 1 billion, representing 1 per cent of total government spending.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times