As we observe Eating Disorders Awareness Week, it’s important to acknowledge the significant impact that eating disorders have on the lives of those affected and their loved ones. At Mediplacements, we are proud to provide Dietitians who specialise in treating patients with eating disorders to the NHS and private sectors, and we want to raise awareness about the importance of seeking professional help.
Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that can have serious physical and emotional consequences. They affect people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. According to recent research from the NHS information centre, up to 6.4% of adults in the UK display signs of an eating disorder, with approximately 1.25 million people being affected by this illness, and 25% of those are male.
It’s important to remember that eating disorders are not just about food, but rather, they are about feelings and the way individuals interact with food. People with eating disorders may use food to cope with stress, anxiety, or emotional pain. The way they eat, or don’t eat, can make them feel more in control or provide temporary relief from their emotional distress.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, it’s essential to seek professional help as soon as possible. Speak to your GP about medication and talking therapies. There is also support available to your loved ones who can ask for a carer’s assessment from your local social services.
Eating Disorders Awareness Week serves as a reminder that help is available, and recovery is possible. At Mediplacements, we are committed to supplying high-quality dietetics staff to help treat those affected by eating disorders, and we encourage anyone who needs help to reach out and seek the support they need to start their journey towards recovery.
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