B-eat – Beating Eating Disorders

This issue of Evolve is dedicated to Health, Fitness and overall body confidence. So it saddens me to report that according to B-eat (Beating Eating Disorders) the latest figures from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence suggest that approximately ‘1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder, of which around 11% are male. However, more recent research from the NHS information centre showed that up to 6.4% of adults displayed signs of an eating disorder (Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, 2007). This survey also showed that a quarter of those showing signs of an eating disorder were male, a figure much higher than previous studies had suggested. It is estimated that of those with eating disorders:

  • 10% of sufferers are anorexic
  • 40% are bulimic, and
  • the rest fall into the EDNOS category, including those with binge eating disorder’

For those of you that are suffering from any of the above eating disorders including binge eating, help is definitely at hand. B-eat (Beating Eating Disorders) is dedicated to helping those affected by eating disorders. B-eat provides helplines, online support and a network of UK wide support groups to help adults and young people overcome their eating disorders and go on to lead happy, confident and fulfilling lives. You can and will B-eat this thing!

B-eat’s vision is that eating disorders WILL be beaten!

B-eats aims are:

  • To change the way everyone thinks and talks about eating disorders
  • To improve the way services and treatment are provided
  • And to help anyone believe that their eating disorder can be beaten

B-eat does this by:

  • Challenging the stereotypes and stigma that people with eating disorders face
  • Campaigning for better services and treatment
  • Providing information, support and encouragement to seek treatment and recovery

Helplines
For help and support, you can call B-eat’s helpline.

For the Adult Helpline, please call 0845 634 1414. This helpline is available to anyone over the age of 18, and is open Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 8.30pm and Saturdays 1.00 pm – 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can email help@b-eat.co.uk.

For the Youthline, please call 0845 634 7650. The Youthline is available to anyone aged 25 or under, and is open Monday to Friday evenings from 4.30pm to 8.30pm and Saturdays 1.00pm – 4.30pm. The Youthline also offers a Text service on 07786 20 18 20 – send us a message and we will get back to you within 24 hours. There is also a Youthline email service at fyp@b-eat.co.uk.

Unfortunately for our America friends, B-EAT is not available, but there are a huge number of organisations that can help out should you feel the need to seek help and take back your health. Only one third of individuals struggling with anorexia nervosa in the United States obtain treatment. It is estimated that up to 4% of females in the United States will have bulimia during their lifetime and 2.8 % of American adults will struggle with BED during their lifetime. Close to 43% of individuals suffering from Binge Eating Disorder will obtain treatment. There is certainly no shortage of help for eating disorders in Phoenix should you be close enough to get there.