Monday 23 February marks the start of the annual Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which challenges stereotypes and stigmas and raise funds for Beat, the international support charity for sufferers.
This year's week runs from Monday 23 February to Sunday 1 March 2015.
Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia affect over one and half million people nationwide, and there may be many more because many sufferers hide their condition.
“Here in Lincolnshire we have support groups which are dedicated to helping people combat their condition, and which include former sufferers, their family members and friends, so they have direct knowledge of the impact it can have on people’s lives.”
There is a network of support groups across England, supported by Beat, the national charity set up 25 years ago to combat eating disorders. Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Beat’s national campaign.
A highlight of the awareness week is the ‘Sock-it to eating disorders’ fundraising campaign day on Friday 27 February, when fundraisers and supporters will be wearing silly socks, raising awareness of eating disorders and funds to support Beat.
The inspiration for the Sock-it campaign was in 2010, when campaigner Kitty Weston, whose daughter Anna had died of her anorexia, addressed 900 delegates from across the world. Moments before she took to the stage, she heard that another dear friend had just lost her daughter too.
Australian advocate June Alexander reached into her pocket and pulled out a sock – a clean sports sock belonging to her own daughter back in Melbourne. Kitty took it, wiped her eyes, and with the sock tightly clenched in her hand, gave the speech of her life. She got a standing ovation and ‘Sock it to eating disorders’ was born.
On 27 February Beat encourage supporters to get silly with their socks, and wear colourful, wacky socks for the day and all donate £1 to Beat. Every year supporters take part in this fantastic fundraiser to show their support for Beat. Not only do our supporters wear their silly socks, but many hold Bake Sales – including sock shaped cookies, and cupcakes with sock decorations and toppers.
Thursday 26 February sees the launch of Beat’s new website. Online help and engagement has seen more than 500,000 visitors per year, and the site is funded by the Amy Winehouse Foundation. The website address will not change, and is www.b-eat.co.uk/
Last year NHS figures also showed an eight per cent rise in new patients being treated for eating disorders.
In Lincolnshire there are support groups and therapists dedicated to tackling eating disorders. They are:
A contract with NHS Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust has funded the delivery of online groups for anyone living in the county who is over 18 and has an eating disorder.
LINK:ED Lincolnshire Eating Disorder Self Help Group
Dean’s Building, Lincoln College (ask for Link-Ed Group at Reception), Monks Road, Lincoln, LN2 5HQ
Tel: 01476 584005
Type: Beat Self Help & Support Groups
Lincoln Emotional Overeating Support Group
The Shine Centre, 12 Mint Lane, Lincoln, LN1 1UD
Tel: Please Email
Type: Beat Emotional Overeating Support Groups