Breaking stereotypes key to combating eating disorders
Eating Disorders Awareness Week
February 27nd – March 5th 2017
Bodywhys: The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland can report that in 2016:
- There was a 57% increase in email support requests.
- That 10% of those who attended face-to-face eating disorder support group were men.
- That 34% of callers to the Bodywhys helpline had experienced an eating disorder for over 10 years
Harriet Parsons, Training & Development Manager with Bodywhys said: “Looking at our statistics from 2016, in particular online support, email support has come into its own as a support service. Writing an email is often a starting point for thinking about getting help”.
Parsons added “Again, looking at male attendance at support groups, it’s clear that eating disorders are not unique to females.”
“There are many people who have been living with an eating disorder for a long time, but recovery is possible. We want to reach people, to ensure that they hear this message”, said Parsons.
People can and do recover from eating disorders
Notes for Editors
- The Department of Health & Children estimates that 200,000 people in Ireland are affected by eating disorders.
- For information about Eating Disorders Awareness Week, please see bodywhys.ie or contact 01-2834963.
- Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders
- Bodywhys Helpline Number: LoCall 1890 200 444
- Bodywhys Online Support Groups are available at bodywhys.ie
- Support and a listening ear can be accessed via firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, please contact:
Harriet Parsons, Training & Development Manager
Tel: 01 283 4963