Monday, 27 February 2017

EDAW '17

It was only this weekend that I was saying that I don't talk about mental health or eating disorders on my blog because I don't have one. I have nothing to write about. I don't relate to that world any more really and I think churning up the same old eating disorder thoughts is actually bad for me. Writing about the time when I was ill bores me, so I no longer do it.

However, this week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2017 and the focus is on early intervention. And yes, I'm going to contribute my two pence because this is actually important.

For those who don't know, I went from being morbidly obese to having an anorexic BMI. An anorexic BMI, but I was only just. Obviously, this meant I wasn't sick enough and would have to wait 6 months before receiving any kind of help/treatment. I lost more weight but I moved away and decided to recover alone. I managed it. I was lucky.

But what if I'd have been given the treatment? Would I have recovered more quickly? Would I have actually addressed the issues more appropriately and less destructively? Would I have lost more weight? Who knows.

I get it though. Why would I be given treatment when someone else is about to die and needs a nasogastric tube? On paper, I wasn't at crisis point. With so many people 'sicker' than me (and I use that term loosely because really, it's not about weight), I get why I had to be put on a list. There isn't enough funding and there's a lack of resources.

But how much money would we save if we intervene earlier? How much time would we spare? The longer we spend with an eating disorder, the less chance we have at fully recovering so why does early intervention seem to difficult to find?

If you are struggling with your relationship with food, weight and your body (or know someone who is), please seek help sooner rather than later. Visit your GP or visit the B-eat website this week for all the information you could need on eating disorders.

Anyone who asks for help deserves it, so don't stop until you get it. Early intervention is key.

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