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‘Eating disorders have no gender, anyone can be affected. So many men out there are oblivious because we’re accustomed to thinking it’s just a female, young people’s issue. That’s not the case.’

Fixer Sam Thomas founded the charity Men Get Eating Disorders Too in 2009, following his own battle with bulimia. He speaks about his experiences at conferences and in the media to raise awareness of male eating disorders and has received a number of awards for his work.


Click here to read more about Sam and watch him answer questions about eating disorders.

"One in 84 people in the UK has an eating disorder - that's quite a phenomenal number. 1 in 30 children in education has an eating disorder. In total, it's conservatively estimated that 725,000 people in the UK have an eating disorder."

Lorna Garner is Chief Operating Officer at Beat, the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders. Among its activities, the organisation provides guidance through helplines and its website, offers expert training, encourages research, and campaigns for better services and access to treatment.

Click here to read more about Lorna and watch her answer questions about eating disorders.

"Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates among psychiatric disorders and currently recovery rates are poor. This means that in addition to preventative guidance for young people, on-going support and care is essential for adults struggling long-term."

 

Jane Smith is Chief Executive Officer at Anorexia & Bulimia Care, a national organisation that has been supporting people with eating disorders, and their families, for more than 25 years. ABC provides support and care via its helplines and befriending service, advocates on behalf of those with eating disorders, trains people in supportive roles and commissions research on the subject.

 

Click here to find out more about ABC and visit their website.

 

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