Bodywhys, the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland, can today report that in 2014:
- That 70% of calls to the organisation’s helpline were first time callers
- The majority of helpline calls (27%) concerned individuals affected by eating disorders aged between 25-35 years.
- The majority of calls (30%) concerned a person who has had an eating disorder for over 10 years.
- There was an 84% increase in attendance at YouthConnect, the facilitated online support groups for teenagers affected by eating disorders. 20% of users were new to the service.
- 58% of those who contacted the Bodywhys email service were not in any form of treatment.
Parsons continued “The rise in usage on our online support group for teenagers is also echoed in the feedback from this service. Having a safe space to talk and hear from others in a similar situation is both vital and valued”.
Persons added “That 58% of those who contacted our email support service are not currently in treatment is of particular concern. An eating disorder is often an incredibly isolating experience. Not having support can intensify negative feelings and distress.”
“Although there is stigma attached to eating disorders, our latest figures suggest that talking things through can help a person to feel less hesitant about opening up to their GP or a family member.” said Jacinta Hastings, CEO, Bodywhys.
People can and do recover from eating disorders
Notes for Editors
200,000 people in Ireland are affected by eating disorders. In real terms, that number means that each of us is likely to know someone who has been affected, yet eating disorders remain an issue that many of us know little about.
Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders
The Department of Health & Children estimates that 200,000 people in Ireland are affected by eating disorders
Bodywhys Helpline Number: LoCall 1890 200 444
Bodywhys Online Support Groups are available at www.bodywhys.ie
Support and a listening ear can be accessed via firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, please contact:
Harriet Parsons, Services Co-ordinator
Tel: 01 283 4963