Beat, the UK’s biggest eating disorder charity, claim that at least 1.25 million people in total are affected by such conditions in the UK.
The shock factor of this statistic is derived from the apparent misconception that the extent of an individuals eating disorder is based solely on their appearance.
Beat, who operate 365 days a year, say that even those who appear to be of a ‘normal’ physique still suffer from eating disorders.
Magazine and media exposure can result in health obsessions, predominantly within younger audiences.
The charity strive to promote a positive body image, and encourage the disposal of any material that affects the way you feel about your body.
Beat’s spokesperson, Daniele Fisichella, told us at #HelpUsEmbrace: “We welcome both the news about the new French law and the decision made by ASOS, as we believe they represent a step in the right direction to promote healthy body image.”
“We know the ideals presented within the fashion industry can exacerbate and prolong eating disorders, and we encourage the promotion of healthy body image and ideals in this area.”
“We also know that poor body image and low self-esteem can be key factors in the development of eating disorders which can have detrimental effects not only on the sufferers but also on their families, friends and partners.”
“On the whole, the fashion industry represents a narrow view of the ‘ideal’ body that may exacerbate eating disorders among those who are suffering. Furthermore, models should be viewed individually as people, and their physical and mental health and wellbeing should be of utmost concern to those who are responsible for them.”
“Equally it is important to remember, that eating disorders are mental illnesses and you cannot necessarily ‘see’ them – it would be dangerous to assume someone did or didn’t have an eating disorder based solely on whether they appear to be ‘underweight’, ‘overweight’, or ‘normal’.”
“At least 1.25 million people in total are affected by eating disorders in the UK.”
“It is a serious ongoing issue, but we believe the promotion of positive body image can only bring good things.”
Following a Freedom of Information request to the NHS, #HelpUsEmbrace received statistics on the number of people who suffer from eating disorders in England that have Finished Admission Episodes.
Beat commented on the data received: “We hope that the data does not signify an increase in those suffering, but an increase in those retaining help.”
“Many people who suffer from eating disorders, do so in silence and we want them to feel as though they can reach out and talk to someone.”