As an actress on Australia's longest-running soap, Eve Morey has faced her own challenges when it comes to food and her figure.
And now the Neighbours starlet is hoping to help promote positive messages to other young women with the introduction of two new storylines focusing on eating disorders and body image issues.
Inspired by her own past, Morey, who plays Sonya Rebecchi on the long-running soap which now airs on Eleven, told Access All Areas she approached the producers to discuss how they could improve the representation of women on the series.
"Body image and self worth are huge issues for women in general," the 30-year-old explained. "In the industry I work in it can be particularly bad because it's such a superficial medium.
"In my time in the industry I have found myself feeling like I need to conform to certain standards but in recent years I have had consistent work and I have been able to confront some of these feelings."
The result was two separate storylines showing the different facets of coping with an eating disorder, to be played out by major character Imogen (Ariel Kaplan) and an upcoming guest actress.
Morey said she was proud that the producers consulted The Butterfly Foundation to ensure key topics like bulimia and image obsession were presented in a sensitive manner.
"It's an issue that is very important but can also be very uncomfortable and confronting to people," she said.
"It's about finding a way to engage the audience and be true to life, and in that respect I think it's been handled very well."
Morey said she felt Neighbours could play a significant role in changing the attitudes of young viewers who feel pressured to look a certain way.
"If you're only bombarded with a certain type of image then you kind of have a perception that this is how you should be," she said.
"But if two girls watch this and it affects them then we are doing something right."