26th February – 4th March 2018
By Jane Imrie
26th February marks the start of the annual Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and with eating disorder-related admissions to hospital doubling in the last six years there is clearly lots of work to be done in understanding, supporting and overcoming this issue that affects around 1.25 million people in the UK alone. Throughout Eating Disorders Awareness Week various organisations will help to establish an open dialogue around eating disorders, and help people get the support they need before their condition escalating to the point of hospitalisation.
Leading UK eating disorder charity Beat will asking ‘Why Wait?’ – focusing on encouraging sufferers and friends/family to seek treatment as soon as issues arise in order to have the best chance of recovery. They have begun a petition to introduce waiting time targets for adults with eating disorders as well as encouraging Sock It To Eating Disorders fundraising activities. In addition @beatED will also be hosting a Twitter Q&A on Monday 26th February at 5pm with Hollyoaks actress Nadine Mulkerrin, looking at character Cleo McQueen’s battle with bulimia on the show.
Other charities getting involved include Anorexia & Bulimia Care and MGEDT (Men Get Easting Disorders Too). A spokesperson for the charity Anorexia & Bulimia Care said they will be using Eating Disorders Awareness Week to promote their recovery and education services including their national helpline, email support, befriending services and professional training workshops. MGEDT will be focusing on highlighting the issue of eating disorders in men and the importance of tackling gender assumptions. They will be using social media to start conversations and are encouraging their supporters to do the same by using the hashtag #EDAW and sharing their documentary Millstone.
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