A local NHS trust has produced a short animation which offers support to anyone who might be suffering with an eating disorder.
The animation has been produced by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness around spotting the warning signs to identify if you, a loved one or friend has developed an eating disorder.
Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a national campaign run by the charity Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity. This year the awareness week takes place from 25 February to 3 March, and will show that eating disorders do not discriminate, and that everyone who suffers with an eating disorder deserves fast, high-quality treatment.
Eating disorders can develop for a number of complex reasons. People have an eating disorder when they have a difficult relationship with food and their bodies, which has a significant, negative impact on their lives.
Professor Sandeep Ranote, Medical Director and Eating Disorder lead at North West Boroughs Healthcare said:
“Eating disorders are serious and real illnesses that can involve a number of concerning eating behaviours such as eating too much, too little or sometimes both accompanied by excessive exercise and a range of other methods to try and lose weight. For individuals who suffer with an eating disorder, these behaviours can take over their life and cause significant distress.
People of all genders, ages, ethnicities and sexualities from any community can develop an eating disorder. These illnesses do not discriminate and fortunately, our services do not discriminate either.
There is hope, help and treatment available so it is important that you or anyone you may be concerned about can access advice, support and information on further treatment by contacting Beat and / or your local GP. Remember, you can recover from an eating disorder, but it may take time and it may involve treatment with a specialist team. Recovery will be different for everyone but recovery is possible for everyone and the earlier help is sought the better.”
Cllr Sean Donnelly, cabinet member for Health and Social Care said: “There’s a huge number of reasons why someone might suffer from an eating disorder. If you’re concerned about someone you know, this short animation from Northwest Boroughs NHS will help you to spot the signs and take action to get them the help they need.”
To find out more about North West Boroughs Healthcare eating disorder service visit www.nwbh.nhs.uk/Eating-Disorders.
Anyone who is concerned that they or someone they know may have an eating disorder can also contact Beat’s helpline for support, advice and information on 0345 634 1414 or visit www.b-eat.co.uk.