EDAW: Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

Mental Illness Talk

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…

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