Emily Seebohm, Lynne McGranger and more Aussie celebs prove that we’re not done talking about eating disorders

Help is always available, you just have to reach out.

By Maddison Leach
If you or someone you know has been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, help is always available. Call The Butterfly Foundation's national helpline on 1800 33 4673 or visit their website
Emily Seebohm is the latest in a string of Australian stars to open up about her experiences living with an eating disorder.
Speaking candidly on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, the Olympian revealed that her position as an elite athlete made it difficult for her to seek help.
"I was diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia… it's not something that I'm really proud of. It took a really big toll on me," she told her fellow contestants.
"At points it got so bad that, I'd cry going to training because I didn't want to put my togs on in front of people."
Emily poses with her I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! co-star Davina Rankin. (Image: Instagram)
She revealed that being weighed during training and told to "eat less" had a massive impact on her as she dealt with the illnesses over a period of two years.
Emily added: "I tried to reach out to people and ask for help. But it's really hard when you're an athlete because you don't want to show weakness."
Sadly, the 29-year-old isn't alone in her struggle, nor are the illnesses she experienced the only kinds of eating disorders that affect Aussies.
An estimated one million Aussies battle eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder every year, and nine per cent of Aussies will experience an eating disorder in their lifetime.
"There's a common misconception in Australia and around the world that eating disorders have a specific look," Melissa Wilton, Head of Communications & Engagement at the Butterfly Foundation tells Now To Love.
"But the reality is eating disorders don't discriminate – they can affect people of any gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or body shape."
That's why Emily – and a number of other Aussie stars – are using their voices to spread awareness and push for more support for the one million of us living with eating disorders.
From sharing their stories of recovery, to destigmatising the conversation around eating disorders, they're taking steps to end the silence around these illnesses.
"Awareness and open conversations are critical in breaking this stigma and demonstrating that there are many types of eating disorders and disordered eating behaviour," Melissa adds.
"High profile Australians with lived experience who can use their platform and influence to drive open conversations will only help to breakdown stereotypes that exist in the community and hopefully encourage help-seeking."
In the spirit of ending the stigma around seeking help for eating disorders, we've rounded up some of the inspiring messages from stars who have lived experience.
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