Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2012
This week, from 20 - 26 February, is Eating Disorders Awareness Week in the UK. Eating disorders have a devastating impact upon the health and wellbeing of a number of women, and increasingly men, and they represent the highest mortality risk of all mental health problems.
The theme of the week is "Break the Silence", and Beat, a UK charity which supports and campaigns for those affected by eating disorders, had produced a number of resources to support those with eating disorders. These include top tips, including ones aimed at professionals.
Specialised occupational therapy provides an important contribution to the treatment of individuals suffering from eating disorders, with occupation-focused activities adapted to accommodate the clients’ presenting risk factors and readiness to change.
Within our Specialist Section for Mental Health is the Special Interest Group for Eating Disorders, who provide networking and professional development opportunities for those working in or interested in the speciality. They also work in the promotion of OTs professional contribution within multi-disciplinary settings, by providing expert advice from experienced practitioners and developing the evidence base for Occupational Therapy interventions in managing eating disorders. Find out more about the Special Interest Group for Eating Disorders.
We also have a hOT Topic on Eating Disorders, which provides a useful starting point of academic reading and useful websites for anyone interested in finding out more. Since that has been produced, a couple of articles have been published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy on the role for occupational therapy within a specialist child and adolescent mental health eating disorder service and the impact of binge eating on occupation.