Bodywhys shine  light on ‘hidden challenges’ during Eating Disorders Awareness Week

by Rachel Cunningham
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Over 188,000 people in Ireland are affected by eating disorders, according to data published by the Department of Health, writes Rachel Cunningham.

Bodywhys, the eating disorders association of Ireland, is using this year’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 28 – March 6) to highlight a lack of understanding and awareness around the challenges that face this cohort of people as they negotiate diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

The theme for Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2022 is ‘Hidden Challenges’, originating from issues raised by Bodywhys’ service users. Online events will bring lesser discussed topics to the foreground, with a special emphasis on stigma, body image, eating disorders in men and more.

Ellen Jennings, communications officer at Bodywhys, said: “One of the advantages of online events is the ability to connect with many expert speakers without geographic borders being a barrier to attendance. Equally, this means that people from all over the country can attend the informative webinars planned for Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2022.”

“Our most recent PiLaR family support programme was attended by parents, partners, siblings and friends from 22 counties in Ireland. In 2021, the PiLaR programme reached over 1,500 people, reflecting a 125 per cent increase on the 2020 figures.

“We invite anyone who wants to learn more, support someone or raise awareness get involved this Eating Disorders Awareness Week, you can find all the details on our website and social media platforms”, she added.

For anyone in need of the service, Bodywhys can be contacted through its email service via [email protected] or by phoning (01) 2107906.

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