Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is backing Hope Virgo’s campaign to ‘dump the scales’ this Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Every 62 minutes someone dies from an eating disorder, and over the last year there has been a 46% increase in the number of people struggling and being referred to services.

The Dump the Scales Campaign is aiming to ensure that there is an end to the post code lottery around eating disorder diagnosis and access to treatment and support.

The specific NICE guideline for eating disorder diagnosis that should be implemented across the country is: “1.2.8 Do not use single measures such as BMI or duration of illness to determine whether to offer treatment for an eating disorder.” But this is currently not happening, and in fact some services are introducing these barriers to accessing treatment due to severe mismatch between demand and capacity in chronically underfunded services.

A focus on the mental health of a person and not the weight side, could ensure sure people are getting the right support before things get worse.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Too many people with eating disorders are only receiving treatment when they hit crisis point. This just isn’t good enough.

 

“Early diagnosis, fighting stigma and raising general awareness are all really important steps that need to be taken and that’s why I support the ‘Dump the Scales’ campaign.”

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