- Research suggests that the LGBTIQ+ community may be disproportionately affected by eating disorders.
- A new national survey explores issues related to body image, diet and exercise within the LGBTIQ+ community.
- The survey was launched in parallel with the EveryBODY Welcome Campaign at Sydney’s Mardi Gras Fair Day.
At the time, Anna didn’t know they were neurodiverse, queer, and non-binary.
“I didn’t get my period for the better part of a decade, but I didn’t worry about it until I needed to gain weight to have a baby.”
A ‘clear need’ for more comprehensive care
They attribute this in part to a lack of understanding combined with the need for eating disorder services to be more inclusive to adequately support the needs of queer and gender-diverse patients. I think
Anna Rose says the LGBTIQ+ community has specific needs when it comes to treating eating disorders. sauce: attached / Anna Rose
“There is a real need for more comprehensive eating disorder care that acknowledges the multiple roles that individual experiences of gender and sexuality can play in eating disorders and body image issues. it is clear.
“Certainly more work is needed in that area.”
‘They are neither welcomed nor understood’
“However, people often don’t present to the service because they don’t necessarily feel welcomed or understood, and the presentation may not be what we expect. ”
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/eating-disorder-treatment-is-letting-down-queer-and-gender-diverse-communities/710w48zy5 Calling for Eating Disorder Services to Better Support LGBTIQ+ Patients at World Pride 2023