23 March 2017
Simon danczuk, Rochdale's MP, supported the launch of Beat's Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Parliament. The event was an opportunity for MPs to learn more about the charity's vital work in raising awareness of eating disorders. It focused on the importance of early intervention to make sure everyone who suffers from these serious mental illnesses gets the treatment they need as quickly as possible.
Simon said: "I am delighted to support Beat in their Eating Disorder Awareness Week. It is vital that we raise awareness of eating disorders and ensure that adequate treatment is available for everyone who needs it. Beat carries out crucial wok, especially by continually highlighting the importance of spotting the first signs of eating disorders to ensure people access the help they need very early on".
Beat's survey of nearly 1,700 respondents revealed some key findings. One of these was that three out of ten eating disorder sufferers do not receive a referral from their GP to a mental health service for treatment, despite medical guidance that stresses the need for immediate referral. In addition, while half of those suffering from eating disorders have received good or very good care from their GP, half rated it poor or very poor.
The charity is calling for increased training of medical students specialising in general practise, so that all GP can properly diagnose the psychological and behavioural symptoms of eating disorders and so refer immediately. Beat is also calling for more funds to be made available nationwide so that everyone can get the treatment they need once they have been referred to mental health services.