Eating disorders are a very serious problem that affects people of all ages around the world and around 1 in 50 in the UK. Essentially, an eating disorder is a mental health issue involving using food to cope with feelings and other problems. There are many different types of eating disorders, such as bulimia, anorexia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
Health Issues Relating to Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are often misunderstood, which can be dangerous as they can be life-threatening and impact both physical and mental health. Eating disorders can damage the cardiovascular system as the body will break down its own tissue for fuel and blood pressure can drop. Eating disorders can also wreak havoc on the gastrointestinal system, especially from forced vomiting which is a common issue with eating disorders.
Further Health Problems
Neurological issues are also common as the brain will not be getting the energy that it needs, plus a lack of blood to the brain can cause fainting and dizziness. Important hormone levels can also fall when the body does not get important fats and calories, which can then cause all kinds of health problems including menstruation problems, bone loss and reduced resting metabolic rate. Other physical health issues include dry skin, losing hair and anaemia.
An Important Partnership
The severity of eating disorders is clear, but there are organisations doing fantastic work to raise awareness and improve lives. Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity with a mission to end the pain and suffering caused by various eating disorders. Schoen Clinic has recently partnered with Beat to improve education, guidance and fundraising while ensuring that those that need treatment get access to the right treatment.
Beat has been improving and saving lives since 1989 while Schoen Clinic was a leading contributor at the International Eating Disorder Conference 2022 and create peer-reviewed clinical research on eating disorders. This makes the partnership a powerful one with a shared vision to improve lives and educate.
Rachel Matthews, Schoen Clinic’s Director of Mental Health Services says, “As an independent provider, we work closely with mental health specialists and researchers to ensure our methods and care to bring quality clinical outcomes to sufferers. Education is intrinsic to this aim and an imperative part of the change we envision through our work. Our partnership with Beat will help to showcase the fundamental support and resources available not just to those admitted into hospital but also for the wider community such as teachers, carers, parents and GPs.”
Eating disorders are a very serious issue and the new partnership between Bear and Schoen Clinic will help to save and improve lives.
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