Scotland politics

MSP backs eating disorder awareness campaign

Dennis Robertson and his daughter Caroline Image copyright bbc
Image caption Mr Robertson's daughter Caroline died in 2011 after a five-year battle with anorexia

An MSP, whose daughter died as a result of anorexia, hopes to raise awareness of the struggle eating disorders sufferers face.

Dennis Robertson's 18-year-old daughter Caroline died in 2011 after suffering from the condition for five years.

The Aberdeenshire West MSP is speaking at a conference at Holyrood, coinciding with Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

The event will look at the impact the media and other industries can have on such disorders.

Public health minister Michael Matheson and Dr Jane Morris, chairwoman of the Scottish Eating Disorders Interest Group (Sedig), are also due to speak at the conference.

'Act on issues'

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Robertson said: "The eating disorder conference is the pinnacle of the events that I am delighted to have organised for colleagues, clinicians, professionals and people affected by eating disorders.

"It is about ensuring that people across Scottish society understand what people with eating disorders are going through and looking at what else we can all do to support them."

Mr Robertson said First Minister Alex Salmond had already expressed "the willingness of the Scottish government to listen and act on issues that affect people with eating disorders."

He added he was "heartened to hear such words", saying such support would be "important to the many people across Scotland" affected by such conditions.

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