Eating Disorder Awareness Week (22nd to 28th February)
This year, Eating Disorder Awareness Week falls between the 22nd and the 28th February and aims to fight the myths and stigmas attached to eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia, binge eating disorder and other specified feeding and eating disorders.
Beat, the eating disorder charity in the UK, found in a report they conducted in 2015 that eating disorders cost the UK economy £15.8 million per year, highlighting the importance of tackling them sooner rather than later and helping people to overcome them. The full report can be found here.
Around 1.6 million people are affected by an eating disorder in the UK, and findings show that they’re more prevalent amongst women than men. The NHS characterises an eating disorder as “an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour”.
Eating disorders often have underlying causes and can affect anyone of any age, but teenagers are more susceptible, as this stage is one of the biggest transitions faced in life. Hormone changes, lack of confidence, social media, and problems such as schoolwork or bullying, can all trigger them.
Eating disorders can be extremely dangerous as they can lead to people being dangerously underweight and severely lacking in the nutrients required for the body to function on a day to day basis. Therefore, it is extremely important that you can spot signs of an eating disorder, and you can find more information on this here.
There are a lot of effective treatments for eating disorders, however, which can be found by clicking here.