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Eating Disorders

2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 02 March 2014

It's thought that 1.6 million people in the UK have an eating disorder.

One illness, anorexia, has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder.

This week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week and on Shrink Wrapped we'll meet people who have different eating disorders to hear their experiences. And we'll find out about the treatments available to help them.

  • Useful contacts

    BalancedMK -  a Community Interest Company (CIC) that supports people affected by eating disorders, through self-support groups, one to one counselling and education.- <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

    Telephone: 01908 231131 - Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm -Friday 9am – 4pm

    Phone or text: 07716 755804 - E-mail:


    Caraline – local charity providing a confidential counselling and support service for people living with eating disorders -

    01582 457474

    B-eat - Beat is the UK's only nationwide organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders, their family members and friends, and campaigning on their behalf.

    Adult Helpline - 0845 634 1414. - available to anyone over the age of 18 - Monday and Wednesday 10.30am – 7.30pm and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.30am – 6.30pm. Alternatively, you can email

    Youthline - 0845 634 7650. - available to anyone aged 25 or under, Monday and Wednesday 10.30am – 7.30pm and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.30am – 6.30pm . You can also text the Youthline on 07786 20 18 20 to send a message and they will get back to you within 24 hours. There is also a Youthline email service at

    Men Get Eating Disorders Too -


    NHS Information about eating disorders


    Royal College of Psychiatry information about eating disorders


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