End workplace discrimination against eating disorders, says B-EAT

According to a survey published by eating disorder charity B-EAT, one third of people with an eating disorder face discrimination at work. To coincide with Eating Disorders Awareness Week (22nd-28th Feb), B-EAT has produced a best practice guide to help employers provide better support to staff.

It is estimated that around 725,000 people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder of some kind. Those who are affected can feel as if the eating disorder is taking over their entire life, and it can have a serious impact on relationships with colleagues, friends and family. Fortunately, help is at hand: There is strong evidence that CBT  through organisations such as Oasis-Talk can be effective in treating various types of eating disorder; Self-help resources, peer support groups and helplines can also be helpful, and information on all of these is  available via the B-EAT website. A new website set up by eating disorder specialists in the North West, www.CreatingHopeTogether.com  offers useful ideas on overcoming anxiety about food preparation, with simple, healthy recipes, and suggestions for relaxation and activities to get your life back on track.