Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020
2nd – 8th March
Eating disorders are real illnesses that involve an unhealthy attitude to food, whether it is eating too much (bulimia), too little (anorexia), or losing control of eating (binge eating). Surveys show that eating disorders have the highest mortality rates among mental health disorders, while anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness among adolescents.
In the UK, eating disorders are most common in people 16 to 40 years old. Eating disorders affect between 1.25 to 3.4 million people in the UK, 25 percent of whom are males.
An open conversation about eating disorders sheds light upon the causes of these disorders and helps break the stigma and stereotypes around them.