The 27th of February to the 8th of march is Eating disorder awareness week.
I’m Katie and I’m a survivor of anorexia and an advocate for support for people suffering with EDS.
1.25 million people in the UK alone are sufferers of eating disorders, it unfortunately has one of the highest mortality rates of mental health disorders and effects both males and females. I personally remember how alone I felt at the time I suffered the most, however this is not true. There are a myriad of support networks offering various types of relief. It is undeniably overwhelming to experience this type of illness. This illness does not define you and please do not struggle alone. No concern is too small, if you feel something is wrong, if you feel your eating is becoming disordered, please reach out. Although it is scary, it is a courageous thing to ask for help.
Beat eating disorders or BEAT is an amazing organization that offers 1-1 webchats, a national helpline that is open 9am-midnight on weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends. It offers support for both warriors of eating disorders and parents/carers that are affected by caring for someone with an ED. They have inspirational stories from survivors and educational resources all available for free. Beat is only 1 of many organisations to assist in improving the quality of life and offering support.