“We need to remove the stigma around eating disorders,” says local campaigner
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01 Mar 2019
local campaigner has said that we need to start talking about eating disorders
to remove the stigma around them that prevents so many people from seeking
Evans from Wirral is an ambassador for Beat – the UK’s eating disorder charity
– and has previously met with Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood to share her
own experiences with eating disorders and to ask her to help raise awareness
around the issues that sufferers face.
estimates that 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder
such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, and it is believed that 4%
of the total population will suffer with one in their lifetime. According to
the charity, it takes, on average, three years for people to recognise their
symptoms and seek help.
week, Margaret Greenwood met with representatives from Beat at a lobby in
Parliament, where she heard about the personal experiences of some of those who
have suffered, and are suffering from, eating disorders.
lobby coincided with Eating Disorders Awareness Week which runs from 25
February until 3 March 2019.
was pleased to be able to meet with campaigners from Beat in Parliament and
hear about the great work that they do to support people with eating disorders.
was also a real pleasure to learn more about Chloe’s work as a Beat ambassador
and how she uses her own experiences to help other people.
disorders can affect anyone of any age, gender and background and it is really
important that if anyone is suffering they seek help as early possible.
has a range of helplines which are open all year round and people there can
offer support completely confidentially, so anyone with any concerns can call
them in confidence.”
role as an ambassador has given me the confidence to reach out to others about
my own experience and show that it's ok to talk and recovery is possible.
disorders are largely mental health disorders. I used food and exercise as a
method of control, which essentially lead me on a path to self-destruct. I was
in denial about what I was doing to my body, and it led me to become severely
path into treatment only started when I opened up and asked for help. It's not
easy, but if you can recognise that there is a problem, then there are
is why Beat do an amazing job – they have helplines open 365 days a year, with
people who really understand. It's important to know that everyone is deserving
of treatment and Beat can advise on getting a quick referral.
is the time to start talking about eating disorders – we need to remove the
stigma that prevents so many people from seeking help and we need to make it
clear that treatment is available.”
you are a young person and think you need help or advice on an eating disorder,
you can contact Beat’s helpline on 0808 801 0711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
can call 0808 801 0677 or email email@example.com.
are separate contact details for students – 0808 801 0811 and firstname.lastname@example.org.