MP calls for faster help for eating disorder sufferers
MP has this week called for faster help to be available to sufferers
of eating disorders.
Munt and MPs Caroline Nokes and David Burrowes led a parliamentary
debate on the issue after calls from a Somerset eating disorder
charity for more to be done in Westminster to help sufferers.
the debate, Tessa stressed that there is a critical window of
opportunity to help sufferers. She said asking them to wait up
to nine months for help "is not good enough."
added: "The debate was the first ever of its kind and shows
that people are beginning to recognise the importance of the issue.
It was well attended by the public, so Im delighted."
convinced that when Parliament talks about a problem like eating
disorders it can cause a shift in attitude amongst the general
population. We begin to recognise that people who suffer are from
all walks of life and it helps us all to consider what we can
added: "One thing I believe is that we need to look at how
GPs react to these cases and where the system needs to be helping
and supporting sufferers more effectively - sufferers need first
class treatment to ensure recovery comes more quickly."
take my hat off to organisations like Somerset's Anorexia and
Bulimia Care, the Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association
(SWEDA) and others which not only help to support sufferers and
their families but also raise awareness in the media and the health
profession, which is vital."
and Bulimia Care (ABC) thanked Tessa and her colleagues for bringing
to the forefront some important issues surrounding the treatment
of sufferers. Its director Jane Smith said: "Its fantastic
that this debate has taken place and it marks a real step forward
for us in raising awareness of the severity of the issue. Eating
disorders have the highest fatality rate of all mental illnesses
and we are seeing a steep increase in people coming to us for