With an estimated 1.6 million people in the UK being affected by an eating disorder,it’s important that people know how to spot the signs and know where to go for help.
Staff at Lancashire Care’s Eating Disorder Services have been working to raise awareness of the different types of eating disorders and challenge stereotypes and stigmas.
Eating disorders are mental health conditions that all involve an unhealthy relationship with food and eating, and often an intense fear of being overweight.
The most common forms are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.
The service is supporting the national Eating Disorders Awareness campaign which runs from February 24 until March 2.
Sarah Geere, Team Manager for the East and Central Lancashire Eating Disorder Services said:“Anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of age, sex or cultural or racial background. It’s really important that people know that support is available and where they can go to get it.
“The sooner people get help the better chance they have of making a full recovery.” Charity B-eat will be raising vital funds by re running their ‘sock it to Eating Disorders’ campaignwhich invites people to wearsilly socks to fundraise.