Eating Disorder Awareness Week (27th February to 5th March) is raising awareness for this serious mental illness across the globe.
An eating disorder is ‘any range of psychological disorders characterised by abnormal or disturbed eating habits’.
Every 62 minutes at least one person dies directly of an eating disorder. Eating disorders have affected the lives of 725,000 people in the UK according to the report ‘The Costs of Eating Disorders- Social, Health and Economic Impacts” commissioned by Beat and produced by PwC in February 2015.
Eating disorders tend to have a stereotype; where people have the unpopular opinion of thinking ‘because that person is fat, they must not be able to control their eating’ or ‘because she is skinny, she must not eat, she must be anorexic’. The ins and outs to eating disorders are vast and people nowadays do not know enough about the topics to pass a judgment on someone.
Dorset was rated one of the worst in the country for eating disorders and sufferers are currently being asked to seek help. One individual said: “eating disorders need to be better monitored”.
Another individual said: “you don’t just wake up one morning and decide to stop eating, which is what most people do not understand.”
Dorset has multiple services to help deal with eating disorders, some of them being: Restored, Where’s your head at? and Dorset Mental Health Forum. Their aims are to support and restore the lives of people living with eating disorders and aid them in all aspects of recovery.
It is said that around 46% of anorexia patients fully recover, while that figure is 45% for bulimia patients. The first port of call for recovery according to Beat is to make an appointment with the GP.
As well as this, the Beat helpline is also recommended, 0808 801 0677 for adults and 0808 801 0711 for youths.
Do not suffer in silence.