The All Party Parliamentary group on eating disorders was formed in 2019 and since then it has been bringing together MPs from across Parliament to improve policy, in particular improving access and treatment for people affected by eating disorders and measures that support prevention and early intervention.
Beat’s Chief Executive Andrew Radford said:
“Beat is delighted to continue to provide the Secretariat for the All-party Parliamentary group on eating disorders. It is very encouraging to see politicians from all parties coming together to ensure more people can access specialist, effective treatment for eating disorders.
“More people than ever are in treatment for these serious mental illnesses, but there is still an need for improvements in policy. On average it takes nearly three and a half years for someone to get treatment after first falling ill. We would not accept such a long delay for other conditions, and we need to ensure people can get the help they need quickly. The sooner someone gets treatment, the better their chance of a rapid and sustained recovery.
“The causes of eating disorders are still little understood, and if we are to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders, we need more research into how these devastating illnesses could be prevented or cured.
“We look forward to working with MPs and other stakeholders to help make that vision a reality.”
Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Eating Disorders, Wera Hobhouse MP said:
“I am delighted to have taken over as Chair of the APPG following the 2019 election. Eating disorders are an issue which I am extremely passionate about and have been campaigning on since I arrived in Parliament in 2017.
"The APPG has brought together MPs from across the House who wish to better understand eating disorders and the complicated issues that surround the treatment of individual sufferers. Eating disorders affect over 1.25 million people in the UK and many MPs will have encountered eating disorder sufferers in their constituencies.
“The group will be working to recommend improvements to service provision across the United Kingdom, including reducing waiting times and ensuring everyone has access to good quality treatment across the UK.
“We will be engaging with service users, providers, third sector organisations and Government to improve service provision and increase awareness of eating disorders.”
Co-Chair of the group Scott Benton MP added:
“This is an incredibly important cause and I am proud to be a part of the group and to have taken on the role of Co-Chair. Eating disorder are a serious mental illness and too many individuals and families are struggling because of them. As an APPG we will be highlighting the need for more essential research into understanding eating disorders and how best to treat them.”