A study by eating disorder group, The Butterfly Foundation, has found that nearly one million Australians are in the grips of an eating disorder.
Statistics point to a 40-fold increase in this condition since 2003. Binge eating disorder was among the most common of the eating disorders in both men and women.
The report also found that Anorexia, bulimia and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) were also more common than previously thought. More than half of those with EDNOS were morbidly obese.
Butterfly Foundation chief executive Christine Morgan said, "The numbers didn't surprise me, but it affirmed for me this is really serious and it affirmed for me (that) we can't be quiet about this.We've got to start pushing to have this properly understood as an illness in this country."