We know that treating people with eating disorders quickly gives the best possible chance of recovery. Unfortunately, on average over three years pass between the symptoms of an eating disorder emerging and treatment starting.*
Lives are put at risk by these long waiting times. The situation is so bad that we know some people are making themselves more ill in order to get treatment. This is unacceptable and we must change it.
We need to ensure that everyone knows how to spot the early symptoms, equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge to make a fast referral, and establish funding so that everyone can get the treatment they need as soon as possible.
*Beat (2017) - Delaying for years, denied for months