Eating Disorders Week 11 -17 February 2013 Print
Eating Disorders Awareness Week 11-17th February

This week is eating disorders week with the eating disorders charity – Beat - at the forefront. It has enlisted some well-known celebrities to raise awareness of their
national fundraising campaign

'Sock it to Eating Disorders'
Actors Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood, Celia Imrie, Michelle Collins, presenter Jake Humphrey and Towie actress Chloe Sims are amongst celebrities who are backing the campaign - former Norwich City footballer Darren Eadie (where Beat are based), Ironman Chrissie Wellington and regional BBC and ITV presenters are also getting involved. The celebrities are decorating their socks with supportive messages to kick start the campaign.

During this week people are being encouraged to wear silly socks and organise activities centred around this such as wearing silly socks to school for the day; decorating socks, knitting socks and selling them on Ebay for charity; sports teams are also being encouraged to wear silly socks for a training session or match.

Anyone interested in taking part can visit Beat's website to sign up for a free Sock it to Eating Disorders fundraising pack: www.b-eat.co.uk

Beat's Chief Executive, Susan Ringwood explains the sad story behind the inspiration for the campaign: -

In June 2010, I was in Austria speaking at an eating disorders conference. Campaigner Kitty Weston, whose daughter Anna had died of her anorexia 10 years ago was about to address the 900 delegates from across the world. Moments before she took the stage, we heard that another dear friend in the USA had just lost her daughter too.
Kitty was distraught and we all tried to comfort her. Australian advocate June Alexander reached into her pocket and pulled out a sock- a clean sports sock belonging to her own daughter back in Melbourne.
Kitty took the sock, wiped her eyes, blew her nose, and with the sock tightly clenched in her hand gave the speech of her life. She got a standing ovation and Sock it to Eating Disorders was born.
About eating disorders
Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses and include anorexia, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and compulsive overeating.
Over 1.6 million men and women of all ages and backgrounds in the UK are affected by eating disorders.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. One in five of the most seriously affected will die prematurely.
Eating disorders are treatable conditions and full recovery is possible.
The sooner someone gets the treatment they need, the more likely they are to make a full recovery.