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Here we’ll keep you up to date with news from Beat, new developments in the field of eating disorders. Use the drop-down filter below to search our categories.

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18 June 2019

Adult eating disorder services postcode lottery puts lives at risk

A new report published today shows that adults with eating disorders in some parts of England have to wait, on average, more than ten times longer for treatment than in other areas and face a postcode lottery.

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8 February 2019

Harmful eating disorder content should be removed from social media

We welcome Instagram’s recent increases in its security measures to protect users from content that promotes eating disorders.

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24 September 2018

New safety review should regulate laxatives to protect eating disorder sufferers

The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is undertaking a review of the safety of over-the-counter stimulant laxatives, considering their overuse in people with eating disorders.

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16 August 2018

Men unable to access eating disorder treatment new survey shows

An evaluation of eating disorder services has found that inpatient wards have stopped accepting males because of the way single-sex rules for wards were interpreted.

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25 July 2018

Government plan for children’s mental health should ensure eating disorders are treated fast

We welcome the Government’s decision to focus on early support for mental health with these proposals, and their recognition of the key role that schools and colleges can play.

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5 June 2018

New research shows doctors’ lack of training on eating disorders puts lives at risk

A new study reveals today that medical students receive less than two hours of training on eating disorders over four to six years of undergraduate study, which experts and the UK’s eating disorder charity Beat warn is putting patients’ lives at risk.

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25 January 2018

Beat’s response to Change4Life’s 100 calorie snacks campaign

Read Beat's response to Change 4 Life’s 100 calorie snack campaign in light of the concerns raised by those affected by eating disorders.

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16 January 2018

Beat's view on the responsibility of the fashion industry

Raising awareness of eating disorders often means warning the public about potential triggers. Specific references to calorie intake, body weight or certain eating disorder behaviour, for example, can be potentially dangerous.

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13 December 2017

Government publishes green paper on children and young people’s mental health

Last week the government published a ‘green paper’ about improving mental health support for children and young people in England.

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15 November 2017

Delaying for years, denied for months

We found that on average, people were waiting for three-and-a-half years between their symptoms first emerging and treatment starting.

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15 November 2017

Three-and-a-half-year delay for eating disorder treatment worsens illness and cost to the NHS

People with eating disorders face a three-and-a-half-year delay between falling ill and starting treatment.

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24 October 2017

Beat delivers petition to Westminster calling for quick referrals from GP

The UK’s eating disorder charity, Beat, has presented a petition with 9,134 signatures to the Department of Health.

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