Eating disorders

Enabling women to know that they can overcome the power of an eating disorder and create a sense of worth, confidence and happiness

The inner voices of anorexia and bulimia whisper that you'll never be happy until you lose weight, that your worth is measured by how you look, that you can gain control over who you are by having control over eating or how much food stays in you. Your inner diet may tell you to be on constant diets or to exercise more than a healthy level - this might not be termed anorexia or bulimia but these are also signs of an unhealthy relationship with who you are.

Real happiness and self-esteem come from being comfortable with who you are-and that is only possible with having a healthy attitude to your body and how you nourish it. With treatment, support, and self-help strategies, you can overcome your eating disorder and gain true self-confidence.

Did you know that every day, women in the UK are struggling with life-controlling issues? The statistics below tell a horrifying tale:

  • The UK has the highest rate of eating disorders and self-harm in Europe
  • Recent figures suggest that 1% of women in the UK have had a clinically diagnosed eating disorder and over 50% have  ‘serious issues with food’ that are not clinically diagnosed but cause them significant trouble
  • 1 in 4 women will require treatment for depression at some time (National Institute For Clinical Excellence, 2003)
  • Women are twice as likely to experience anxiety as men. Of people with phobias or OCD, about 60% are female.  (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)

​Source - Mercy UK

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