EDAW: Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015 starts tomorrow (23rd February) and runs until the 1st March.

A little bit of information:

Eating disorders can come in all shapes and sizes. The main eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified). People can be underweight, a healthy weight or overweight and be struggling with a severe eating disorder and be physically very unwell with it.

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses and over 1.6 million people in the UK are affected. They are not a phase, or a diet, they are serious psychiatric conditions. My psychiatrist describes them as both psychotic and delusional. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. One in five will die prematurely.

A little bit of hope:

Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. The sooner someone gets the help and support they need then the more likely they are to make a full recovery.

EATING DISORDERS WILL BE BEATEN

Every day of Eating Disorders Awareness Week I will be blogging about eating disorders starting each post with “ClimbED:” to tell the world the truth about them and to fight the stigma and stereotypes surrounding them along with a silly socks photo to say sock it to eating disorders. I will also be using the hashtag #climbED and would be so grateful if you could all get involved. Let’s get #climbED trending and tell the world the truth above these severe mental illness and give hope that they can be beaten.

On Sock It To Eating Disorders Day my best friend and I will be climbing a mountain to raise money for b-eat. We would appreciate any donation not matter how small, together we can fight eating disorders. To donate please go to http://www.justgiving.com/climbED

To find out more about eating disorders please visit http://www.b-eat.co.uk

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