Welcome to EDAW 2018!
This year we are focusing on the time between the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder emerging, and people finding help, which is, on average, three years.
We know the sooner someone finds treatment for their eating disorder the more likely they are to make a full recovery, so this is why we’ll be asking the question ‘Why Wait?’ across social media this week.
This week we have also revealed some new statistics from a survey conducted by YouGov about UK adults’ knowledge when it comes to spotting the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder:
34% were unable to name a correct sign or symptom
‘Weight loss’ or ‘Being thin’ was twice as likely to be listed as any other
23% listed physical signs only
79% couldn’t list a psychological symptom
Out of the 68 signs and symptoms we identified, on average, respondents to the survey gave 3 correct answers.
As a result, we will be calling on the Government and NHS to promote the importance of spotting the early signs and symptoms of eating disorders, asking that they invest in measures to increase awareness.
Here are some of the things we will be doing this week, and details of how you can help:
- Social media: we will be using the hashtag ‘#WhyWait’ on social media channels. Why not share our messages, or encourage others to seek help today?
- Read our new content on having conversations with people about eating disorders – share them with your contacts and add your top tips too!
- Order a literature pack to distribute in your local area to make more people aware of Beat, and how we can help.
- Order our ‘#WhyWait’ stickers, stick them in your local community (don’t forget to ask permission first), take a photo and share on social media
- We are delighted to announce that there will be two Parliamentary debates taking place during Eating Disorders Awareness Week, on eating disorders and early intervention. On Tuesday 27th February, a debate will be taking place in Westminster, and on Wednesday 28th February, there will be a debate in the Scottish Parliament. For those in England you can message your MP here. For those in Scotland, contact your MSP here.
- Have you thought about getting in touch with your local politician? In Wales, you can drop your Assembly Member a message to tell them about the importance of early intervention in eating disorders. Want to learn more about campaigning?
- There are still some spaces on our brand new Campaigner Day on Saturday 3rd March in Canary Wharf, London. Find out more and register here.
- Join our fundraising campaign, Sock It to Eating Disorders. Wear your boldest, brightest socks to raise funds, combat stigma and change lives.
Live Twitter chat with Nadine Mulkerrin, who plays Cleo Mcqueen in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks 3-4pm. Use #WhyWait and #AskNadine to take part.
Live Chat on Facebook by the NICE team.
Launch of KCL’s animation for clinicians working with eating disorder during pregnancy and motherhood.
Event in Scottish Parliament in support of awareness week.
6-7pm Twitter live chat with the team at NICE using #EDchat.
Learn how to influence politicians and make change happen at Beat’s Campaigner Day.