Every year Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity runs Eating Disorders Awareness Week with the purpose of ending 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 and equip family and friends with the skills and advice. This year the campaign is focusing on the impact of binge eating disorders.
Eating disorders are a serious mental illness, and it’s one many suffer with in silence due to a fear of being misunderstood. Binge eating disorders are the most common, but least understood and affects one in 50 people.
Binge eating disorders can affect anyone, of any age, gender, ethnicity or background and yet is surrounded by stigma.
This year the campaign is using #YouMightKnowMe to raise awareness on social media. Like the hashtag and video suggest we all probably know someone with an eating disorder. Which means getting involved this week is so important, especially if it means breaking down the stigma so more people will feel comfortable seeking help.
However, if you do know someone with an eating disorder – or in recovery – reach out to them this week and remind them they’re not alone.