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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

05 Mar 21

This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week and the focus this year is on binge eating disorder. Binge eating disorder will affect 1 in 50 people in their lifetime and more people live with binge eating disorder than anorexia or bulimia. It’s more common than people think and can affect anyone of any age, gender, ethnicity or background.

Below is a story from a young person who has used our services to treat binge eating disorder.

“When I first started treatment for my eating disorder, I didn’t particularly want to get better. But I slowly started to think less of food as a number and more as something I look forward to. I noticed my confidence spark up and I had more energy to do things I couldn’t do before. I used to feel so guilty for eating something that wasn’t considered “healthy” but I’ve learnt now that if I am hungry, and want to eat a take-away or ice cream, I can without the guilty thoughts creeping in. Recovery wasn’t linear or easy but although it took effort and very long days, it was definitely worth it.”

What would you have liked to know prior to treatment?
I would have liked to know how hard it might be, that it won’t be click and instantly get better, it’s a process that takes time.

What would you say to another young person who was starting treatment?
It gets better and it’s so worth doing. I feel like my life is back in order and I have control over myself again

What would our CAMHS Eating Disorders team say to anyone seeking treatment for binge eating disorder?
We are here for you and have successfully treated many young people who present to us with binge eating disorder. You are not on your own and help is available. If you are struggling, please reach out for help; you don’t have to do this on your own – Kerry O’Brien CAMHS Eating Disorder Support Worker.

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