Trigger Warning – Eating Disorders/anorexia
This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDA week) and together let’s educate ourselves and others about what exactly eating disorders are and how can we help support those around us who may be experiencing one.
An eating disorder is something that can cause people to have a difficult relationship with food, whether that be eating too little or too much, as well as also becoming fixated with your weight or shape. In some certain circumstances food can be used as a coping mechanism when going through a hard time.
There can be many reasons as to why someone could develop an eating disorder.
Eating disorder charity Beat have said there are approximately 1.25 million people in the UK who have an eating disorder. Eating disorders can start both early and later in life, with some cases of anorexia being found in children as young as six.
Beat are the UK’s eating disorder charity who aim to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. If you may be experiencing an eating disorder or would like to learn more about how you can help those around you who are, they have lots of resources available.
You can find them here.
Additionally, if you are suffering from an eating disorder it is also suggested you seek help from your local doctor.
For this National Eating Disorder Awareness Week let’s make sure everyone who is experiencing an eating disorder feels both heard and supported.