Each year, Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, runs Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Beat’s purpose is to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders which affect around 1.25 million people in the UK. Beat provides services to encourage and empower people to get help quickly, equips family and friends with essential skills and advice and campaigns to increase knowledge of eating disorders and for better funding for treatment.
Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a huge opportunity for us to highlight the impact of eating disorders. This year, Beat are focusing on binge eating disorder.
More people live with binge eating disorder than anorexia or bulimia. It is more common than most people think and can affect anyone of any age, gender, ethnicity or background. You might not think you know anyone affected by binge eating disorder, but you probably do. Binge eating disorder will affect one in fifty people in their lifetime.
Eating disorders can affect anyone, any week of the year, but Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a great opportunity to get involved and support Beat’s vital work. Coronavirus is impacting the way Eating Disorders Awareness Week is run this year, but there is still lots you can do! Please visit Beat’s website for more information and to find out how you can get involved: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/edaw