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At The Feel Happy [Eating] Fix on Tuesday 16th June 2015, young people with first-hand experience of eating disorders joined forces with leading experts in the field to come up with practical ways to improve life for others with similar conditions.

Throughout the day, 16 to 25-year-olds from across the UK took part in focus groups and sat on a panel, where they spoke openly about the challenges they’ve faced in six different areas of their lives - at home, work, school, in the media, in health services and at ‘play’.

They also shared their suggestions on how to make things better in the company of world-renowned and respected eating disorder experts including Professor Janet Treasure OBE and Dr Dasha Nicholls from Great Ormond Street Hospital, who hosted the afternoon session.

Contributors at the event, which was supported by the Wellcome Trust, included young people who have battled anorexia, bulimia and body dysmorphic disorder.

A report on the findings from the day will be presented to government and decision-makers.

What Happened?

 

Location: Ballet Rambert, South Bank, London

09:30-10:00: Introduction

10:00-11:30: Workshops. Young people took part in small group discussions to suggest what they felt went wrong for them in six different aspects of their life. Groups moved around the room to ensure they covered each topic.

11:30: Coffee break

12:00-13:30: Workshops. Young people took part in small group discussions to decide how to put things right in each of the six areas. Again, they moved around the room to ensure each topic was covered.

13:30-14:30: Lunch at BFI: Atrium, Green Room [and cafes]

Location: NFT2, BFI, South Bank, London [View Map Here]

14:30-17:00: A plenary session took place to discuss the outcomes of the workshops led by Dr Dasha Nicholls. This involved a panel of young people.
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Dr Dasha Nicholls 

Dr Dasha Nicholls is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Joint Head of the Feeding and Eating Disorders Service (FEDS) at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health. Her clinical work is concerned with feeding and eating disorders in children and adolescents, including avoidant restrictive food intake disorders, early onset eating disorders, and child and adolescent obesity. She has published over 60 research articles and book chapters and is actively engaged in lecturing and teaching. She is also Past President of the Academy of Eating Disorders, was Chair of the Junior MARSIPAN group, is a member of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Clinical Guideline Committee and Expert Reference Group, and is incoming chair of the Eating Disorders Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

 

'The stories that I heard were all familiar, but it was refreshing to see so many young people talking about the solutions.

 

'Not only do events like this help young people with their own recovery, but they also help to break down barriers such as isolation, which is very important.' 

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Professor Janet Treasure OBE

 

Professor Janet Treasure OBE is acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost specialists and a well-known author on the subject of eating disorders. She joined Fixers on the day to listen and participate in discussion.

 

'I think the Fixers films are absolutely fantastic. They have given a well-rounded, multi-perspective view of eating disorders.

 

'Let's hope we can all work together to bridge the problems between the community and healthcare sources, and let's get there quicker.'

“Real understanding of what it means to be a young person living with an eating disorder can only come through genuine engagement and in depth exploration of their experiences. We are delighted to be supporting this project, which does exactly that, and wholeheartedly commend the people involved, especially those Fixers who will be sharing their own stories in their own words.” Farrah Nazir, National Programmes Adviser at the Wellcome Trust.

 

Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.

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