Today marks the start of Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating disorders are devastating mental illnesses that affect 1 in 50 people in the UK and this international awareness event aims to fight the myths and misunderstandings that surround conditions such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and EDNOS.
At least 1 in 4 people affected by eating disorders are men. Yet many struggle to ask for help and are often met with disbelief when they do. That's why as part of this week, Beat Eating Disorders have decided on the theme of #HelpMenGetHelp.
They want to bust the toxic stereotypes that prevent men from speaking up and will be using EDAW ‘23 to shine a light on the different experiences men face — and how we, as a community, can create a safe space for men to turn to for support towards recovery.
You can read more about the work that Beat are doing here.