Around 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from these illnesses, many in secret. They are of all ages, genders and backgrounds – eating disorders do not discriminate. Eating disorders include bulimia, binge eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED), and anorexia, which tragically has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, though all eating disorders can be deadly. While this is the worst-case scenario, there are many ways in which eating disorders severely affect the quality of life of both those suffering and those who care about them. They steal childhoods, devastate relationships and pull families apart. But, with the right treatment and support, recovery is possible.
You can get further information and support from the UK charity, Beat Eating Disorders The UK's Eating Disorder Charity.
Young people in Kirklees can also get support from Thriving Kirklees by texting a Thriving Kirklees nurse on 07520 618866.
If you, or someone you know is affected by eating disorders, please contact The Safeguarding Team at the Academy, on 01484 222230.