Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018 took place from 26 February to 4 March. 

This year, during Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we asked the question ‘Why Wait?’

On average, 149 weeks pass before those experiencing eating disorder symptoms seek help. That’s almost three years, 37 months or 1,043 days. On top of this, in a YouGov survey conducted for EDAW, more than one in three adults (34%) in the UK, who gave an answer, could not name any signs or symptoms of eating disorders. Find out more about the signs of an eating disorder.

We know the sooner someone gets the treatment they need, the more likely they are to make a full and fast recovery. As well as campaigning to improve the services available, we recognise that we must raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder and encourage and empower people to take action now – no matter how long their symptoms have been present.

I’m in a hurry

Follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook and share our messages with your friends and followers. 

Share our poster online and on social media to help spread the #WhyWait message.

I've got some time

Order Beat literature and display it in your local communities: at work, school, GP surgery or the corner shop!

Download our A3 poster and display it at school, university, work, or anywhere you think it can make a difference!

Use our quick and simple form to email your MP, encouraging them to support and champion better awareness and treatment for eating disorders.

Take action


We’re calling on the Government to extend the current waiting times targets that exist for CAMHS in England, to ensure people of all ages are able to access eating disorder treatment as soon as they need it. Petition them now.


Research by Beat shows that in Wales, on average, three years pass between the symptoms of an eating disorder emerging and treatment starting. The sooner someone gets the treatment they need, the more likely they are to make a full and sustained recovery. Contact your AM now.