Eating Disorders affect 1.6 million people in the UK.
Eating disorders are a pattern of unhealthy eating or dieting that can cause health problems and/or emotional and social distress. Anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of age, sex, cultural or racial background, although the people most likely to be affected tend to be young women, particularly between the ages of 12-25.
Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an annual event which runs this year from 21st-28th February 2011. beat, the national charity for eating disorders will be offering support sessions and advice to young people aged 16+ and their families.
The sessions will take place at ten sixth- form colleges across Greater Manchester and will be delivered by a group from the University of Manchester, made up of counsellors who have themselves beaten eating disorders. They offer a place to talk openly about their experiences of eating disorders. Information about where to access ongoing support will also be available.
Dates for the sessions are listed in the 'Whats Happening' section on the left of this page.
Each year, beat support over 110,000 adults and young people through thier helpline, website and support groups. beat know eating disorders can affect anyone. Thier main helpline number is 0845 634 1414
beat also have a dedicated website for young people, designed by young people. The site includes a mentoring service as well as live chat. The beat Youthline number is 0845 634 7650.