[ Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) ]
[ 27th Feb – 5th March 2017 ]
This time, EDAW is looking more specifically about getting people the help they need and the role of GPs, specialists, friends and family.
Whether you have experienced or are experiencing an eating disorder, or know someone affected by one, one of the hardest parts can often be admitting, accepting and seeking help. What’s more, negative experiences in the past can really put people off sharing and talking, which is one of the biggest tragedies. There’s a fear or humiliation, of not being understood, of being fobbed off or belittled, of being pushed into saying or doing something you’re not comfortable with; the fear of change is also a big hurdle to overcome.
I’m not going to say that speaking to someone you trust or seeking GP advice will get anyone on the right track straight away. Far from it, as I think often the path towards help and change can sometimes (but not always) be a long and precarious one. The first time I told someone, when I was about 12/13 yrs old, that I was scared that I may be developing a problem, I ended up getting bullied in school and this newfound knowledge was used as blackmail. All I’m saying is to be prepared. Choose wisely who you speak to, making sure it’s someone you trust. If you see a GP, have a think about what type of help you may need (ie. would you want group or individual counselling of some sort perhaps?). Consider self-help too – whilst there are far too many dangerous sites out there promoting eating disorders, there are still far more sites dedicated to health and wellness and body acceptance, to overcoming eating disorders and mending your relationship with yourself.
You are not alone, and you don’t need to struggle alone. Reach out. Care about yourself and your future.
You can find more information about EDAW through Beat’s website .