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Dr Richard Davies - health column

For many people it can be hard to admit that they need help with a condition and taking those first few steps towards recovery can be very tough.

The need to ensure that people are supported is highlighted later this month during Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 February - 5 March). This year the theme of the awareness week is early interventions, as the earlier someone gets treatment for an eating disorder, the greater the chance of recovery.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an international event which aims to raise awareness of eating disorders, so people feel more confident to offer help and support to those around them.

It can often be very difficult to identify that a loved one, friend or colleague has developed an eating disorder. There are a number of warning signs to look out for, these include:
  • Missing meals
  • Worried about looking overweight
  • Repeatedly weighing themselves or looking in the mirror
  • Claiming they’ve already eaten
  • Cooking big meals for others and having relatively little or nothing themselves
  • Refusing to eat in public areas
  • Using pro-anorexia websites

If you are worried about someone who you think has an eating disorder you can find information about supporting them and useful contacts on the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/Eating-disorders/Pages/Introduction.aspx
There’s also plenty of support available in Worcestershire, visit the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust website (www.hacw.nhs.uk/service-directory/adult-mental-health/eating-disorder-service-worcestershire/) for more information about accessing services.

Recovery can take a long time, so the support of friends, family and colleagues in invaluable.
For more information about eating disorders and the awareness week visit www.b-eat.co.uk

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