Eating Disorders Awareness Week Posted on 2 March 2022 by Kent-Teach Louis Boreham in Wellbeing This week is eating disorders awareness week, which hopes to educate people about the realities of eating disorders. Beat is one of the eating disorder charities focusing on this year’s annual campaign. According to their website, this year they are “campaigning for all UK medical schools to introduce proper training on eating disorders.”Why Are They Doing This Campaign?An eating disorder is something off most people’s radar and how many people it affects. Here are some eating disorder facts Beat provide on their website;1 in 50 people in the UK suffer from the eating disorderRecovery is possible, but we rely on our GPs to spot early warning signs that may have nothing to do with a person’s weight or appearance.Less than two hours in a GPs medical degree is spent on training for the disorderA fifth of UK medical schools don’t provide any training on eating disorders at allAround 5% of the population will be affected at some point in lifetimeWhat You Can Do to HelpSign their open letter to UK Medical Schools, calling on them to provide comprehensive training on eating disorders for all future doctorsDonate online or fundraise for the cause or charityText 'BEAT' followed by your donation amount to 70085.*Spread awareness on social media#EatingdisorderawarenessweekSupport Groups and Charities in KentThere are some great support groups and charities who focus on eating disorders. Kent-Teaches Kent Support Services Directory provide 4 groups in Kent.Eating disorders-Kent and Medway Telephone: 0300 300 1980Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: https://www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-kent-medway-eating-disorders Addictive Eaters Anonymous - TonbridgeTelephone: 07903 729 106Email: email@example.comWebsite: https://www.addictiveeatersanonymous.org/contact-aeaAddictive Eaters Anonymous - DoverTelephone: 03301333615Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: https://www.addictiveeatersanonymous.org/contact-aeaAddictive Eaters Anonymous - CanterburyTelephone: 07903 729 106Email: email@example.comWebsite: https://www.addictiveeatersanonymous.org/contact-aeaIf you are suffering from another disorder or mental illness condition, please visit Kent-Teaches Wellbeing page for resources and help.