EDAW 2019

Together we can be the difference

Stereotypes would have you believe that eating disorders are not serious illnesses and that they always take the same form. This is wrong. It has to change.

This Eating Disorders Awareness Week help us put the stories of how people are affected in the spotlight, standing together to demand that anyone affected by an eating disorder is supported, no matter what their diagnosis, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age or background. Together by raising funds and combating stigma we can change lives.

Anyone can be affected. No question.

"He's just got a problem with his sexuality"

A Clash of Two Cultures

New research shows eating disorder stereotypes prevent people finding help

Stereotypes about who gets an eating disorder are preventing BAME, LGBT+ and people from less affluent backgrounds from seeking and getting medical treatment, according to research published today for Eating Disorders Awareness Week by Beat.

Breaking down barriers

Read more about Beat’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week campaign to show eating disorders do not discriminate, and that everyone who gets one deserves fast, high-quality treatment.

Share your story

Every story is unique, and this EDAW, we want to highlight the ones we don’t usually hear. Get in touch to share yours. 

Feeling inspired? Here’s how you can get involved

This EDAW, we're putting your stories in the spotlight to show that eating disorders affect people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. We're also fundraising to ensure our support services can help as many people affected by eating disorders as possible. 

Sock It to Eating Disorders Target: £35,000

Hear about how others are making a difference this Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Your creative ideas inspire us every day. Hundreds of people across the country will come together 25 February to 3 March to stand together for eating disorders, read the stories of some of those incredible individuals.


Binge Eating Disorder is real, but recovery is possible!

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when I first experienced symptoms. It feels like I’d been living with binge eating disorder as long as I could remember.

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Evie's EDAW Knit-a-sock-a-thon

Knitting a mini sock every day in February for Beat because no one should fight eating disorders alone!

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Rose-Anne is making sock monkeys to raise awareness and tackle stigma

I created Socks On Tour to raise money and awareness of eating disorders. It’s been so nice to see people join in and show recovery is possible.

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EnDeavour: Anorexia

“It [an eating disorder] isn’t selective. It doesn’t matter what gender you are or what colour your skin is.”

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“I’m one of the lucky ones and I'm grateful every day that I had the support. I want to raise as much as I can to make sure as many people as possible have the chance to fully live their lives free from their eating disorder.”Katie, student fundraiser

There's more to BED than a lack of willpower

"There is SO MUCH more to binge eating disorder than a mere lack of willpower; it's a complete absence of control…"

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Danielle’s Pole Fitness class are going colourful for EDAW!

We'll be rocking all sorts of wacky hairstyles and colours in our Wednesday night pole class to raise money during Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Sock It to Eating Disorders!

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I’ve chosen to raise funds for Beat for a very special, personal reason. In the summer of 2013, I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. After four years of treatment, I finally managed to overcome the illness. However, I don’t believe I could have coped without being surrounded by such a strong support network provided by my family and Beat.
I thought I’d be judged because males are supposed to be ‘big, strong’ characters who can’t be seen as weak.
Ben, Beat Ambassador
I’m one of the lucky ones and I'm grateful every day that I had the support. I want to raise as much as I can to make sure as many people as possible have the chance to fully live their lives free from their eating disorder.Katie, student fundraiser