National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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This week marks National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and is being branded as a chance to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders, and challenge stereotypes and stigmas.

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses affecting more people than you might think. 1.6 million people in the UK are affected, that means one in ten people in the UK will experience partial or full symptoms of an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime – eating disorders claim more lives than any other mental illness but are treatable and recovery is possible.

This year the National Eating Disorders Association is stressing the need to address eating disorder misconceptions - as many individuals, families, and communities are not aware of the often devastating mental and physical consequences.

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