THE NHS is promoting the help and support available to people with eating disorders as part of a national awareness week.
Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are a serious mental illness affecting 1.6m people in the UK. They can affect men and women of any age.
People commonly develop an eating disorder because of a combination of factors, events, feelings or pressures which leave them feeling unable to cope, and so they look for something they can control.
Louise Clifford, manager at the Hampshire Eating Disorder Service, said: ‘Often people with eating disorders say that the eating disorder is the only thing they feel they can control in their life, but as time goes on, it is the eating disorder which actually takes control,’
As part of eating disorder awareness week this week the Hampshire Eating Disorder Service is encouraging people to seek help for themselves or someone they are worried about.
The first thing to do is contact a GP who can assess and give advice.
They can then decide what to do next and can make a referral to specialist services to help the patient.