With an estimated 1.6 million people in the UK being affected by an eating disorder, it’s important that people know how to spot the signs and know where to go for help.
Staff at Lancashire Care’s Eating Disorder Services have been working to raise awareness of the different types of eating disorders and challenge stereotypes and stigmas. Eating disorders are mental health conditions that all involve an unhealthy relationship with food and eating, and often an intense fear of being overweight. The most common forms are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. The service is supporting the national Eating Disorders
Awareness campaign which runs from 24 February and 2 March and aims to support for people that have suffered themselves from an eating disorder, or have had friends or family members that have been affected.
Sarah Geere, Team Manager for the East and Central Lancashire Eating Disorder Services said:
“Anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of age, sex or cultural or racial background. It’s really important that people know that support is available and where they can go to get it.
“People who are suffering from an eating disorder may be experiencing low self-esteem, problems with friends or family relationships or problems at school or work. They can start to use food to help them cope with painful situations or feelings without even realising it.
“The sooner people get help the better chance they have of making a full recovery so if you have a worry, no matter how small, it’s always better to look into it or ask for help.”
If you think you may be suffering from an eating disorder or are concerned about the health of a family member or friend, the advice is to visit you GP in the first instance. There is also a lot of useful information on the Beat website including how to spot the signs and details of the different types of eating disorders. Please visit www.b-eat.co.uk/.
Eating Disorders Awareness Week is taking place from 24 February and 2 March. Charity B-eat will be raising vital funds by re running their ‘sock it to Eating Disorders’ campaign which invites people to get together wearing their silliest socks to fundraise.