Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a chance to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders and challenge stereotypes and stigmas. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses affecting 1.6 million people in the UK – they claim more lives than any other mental illness but are treatable and recovery is possible. The problem is awareness of eating disorders is too low (facts and figures on eating disorders taken from B-eat).
Last year we launched a local campaign to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders with GPs.
Over the last 12 months we have seen an increase in the number of referrals into the service proving that increasing awareness is leading to more people receiving help for their condition.
Our emphasis this year is to encourage GP practices to consider if a person displaying Binge Eating Disorder is actually an element of someone's obesity. We also want to urge healthcare staff, partner agencies and the public to challenge the stereotypes of eating disorders about age and gender.
Click here to find out more about our eating disorder service.