Effective communication serves to influence social norms, beliefs and behaviours, and is key to bringing about change.
Do No Harm
Care must be taken in promoting information about eating disorders in order to ensure positive outcomes, rather than accidental harm. Research indicates that without due caution, highlighting the symptoms or effects of eating disorders may increase the prevalence of the disorder.
Eating disorders are often misunderstood and underestimated in the community, resulting in inaccurate reporting, stereotyping, and the use of language with a potentially harmful impact.