Grantham event to increase awareness of eating disorders

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An event to highlight awareness and better understanding of eating disorders will be held in Grantham.

The free public educational event is being held on Thursday, February 27, from 5pm to 8pm at Grantham Christian Fellowship Centre, to coincide with Eating Disorder Week (February 24 to March 2). It is called ‘Sock it to eating disorders’.

Specialist eating disorder clinicians from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be joined by individuals with personal experience of recovering from an eating disorder to share information and advice.

Nurse specialist for the anorexia nervosa service, Heather Killick, said: “Eating disorders affect 1.6 million people in the UK. That means one in 39 people have an eating disorder which is why raising awareness is so important in overcoming the misunderstanding and stigma still attached to what’s often considered to be an illness affecting young women, when in reality it can affect anyone at any stage in life and up to 20 per cent of those affected are male.

“We provide a range of treatments and therapies that are aimed at improving an individual’s motivation to engage in a healthy lifestyle, make and sustain meaningful relationships, and engage in education and leisure activities.”

The free event will feature people who have recovered from an eating disorder, their carers and healthcare specialists, who will be talking openly and honestly about eating disorders and the support and treatment available locally. Trust governors will also be present at the event to help with queries that relate to other local mental health service provision.

To book a place at the event, (doors open at 4.30pm), or for more information, contact the Trust on 01529 222 276 and