A group of students from Somerset are raising awareness of eating disorders in young people and helping educate others on how to support someone who might be suffering.
The group of 13 Fixers, led by Fixers Kathryn Manners and Sophie Skelding (both 17), all have experience of eating disorders, whether first-hand or through a friend.
They are constructing an interactive website which offers support, advice, and information for young people suffering from eating disorders and to young people who may know others struggling with a disorder.
“Many people feel isolated by an eating disorder,” said Kathryn. “We feel there are many young people who need educating about eating disorders, friends who need help understanding how to approach a friend, and many taboos about eating disorders that need to be changed.
“What we hope we can do is provide a useful resource for young people – from children through to University students – about eating disorders.”
Government statistics last gathered in 2007 estimate over one-million people in the UK are affected be eating disorders.
“People develop them for a range of different reasons, and a lot of the time sufferers may feel like they are the only ones affected,” Kathryn said.
“But eating disorders to affect so many people in so many different ways, and you do not have to be the sufferer yourself to feel the effects of an eating disorder.
“That is why this website will also contain information for friends, parents, and even teachers on how to best support someone with an eating disorder.”
Kathryn, Sophie, and the team – who are classmates at The Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar - are currently working on the website which is expected to be completed shortly.
For further information on eating disorders, click the links below, including a link to Sam Thomas' profile for support for men with eating disorders