27 May 2024

Calls for carers of people with eating disorders to be paid

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 27 May 2024
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There are calls for those who look after family members with eating disorders to be recognised, and paid, as carers.

While various funding avenues are available for people looking after loved ones with some disabilities or illnesses in New Zealand, none extend to those with eating disorders. And those carers say it is a full-time role.

Several have anonymously shared their experiences of being a carer and the financial and emotional toll it takes.

Eating Disorder Carer Support's Sarah Rowland, and former Eating Disorder Association chair Nicki Wilson, speak with Kathryn Ryan.