There are at least 1.1million people in the UK directly affected by an eating disorder. Young people between 14 and 25 years old are at greatest risk but eating disorders can affect children as young as 8. Initially people with eating disorders may not realise they have a serious problem and even then can find it difficult to locate good quality, useful information. It is a sad fact that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Any delay in seeking treatment can lead to serious long term consequences to physical health and mental wellbeing.
However, there is help available if you suspect that you or someone you knows is affected by an eating disorder. Help lines, self help groups, books and networks and the internet can be sources of useful information.
If you want to learn more about eating disorders and how they can be beaten visit www.b-eat.co.uk.