Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2024

Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2024

This Eating Disorder Awareness Week (27 February - 5 March), our award-winning Specialist Eating Disorders Service (SEDS) is sharing self-help resources for each day of the week, all around the theme "Let Freedom from Eating Disorders "CHIME".

All of our resources were put together by our Assistant Psychologists and Peer Support Workers (PSW). Our PSWs have lived experience of eating disorders and support young people in our service.

Click below to view each resource. You'll also find links to Beat Eating Disorder Charity - which is sharing resources all around eating disorders in men for Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2024.

Click here to learn more about the CHIME recovery process.

Day One: Neurodiversity & Eating Disorders

Neurodiversity and Eating Disorders


Day Two: Eating Disorders Do No Discriminate

Eating Disorders don't Discriminate

Day Three: Carers & Supporters

Carers & Supporters

Day Four: Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake (ARFID)

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake (ARFID)

Day Five: Hope and Recovery

Hope and Recovery

Eating Disorders in Men

This week, our focus is on ARFID (Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder), a condition that Joe has bravely lived with for over a decade. Watch the video below as Joe shares his journey and sheds light on the impact ARFID has had on his life. From 26 February to 3 March, we're amplifying awareness that ARFID is not mere pickiness—it's a health concern with potentially severe implications. Let's spread the word together. #WeAreNotBeingFussy’

Visit the Beat website to view resources and read stories from real people.

Click the video below to find out more.

What should I know about Eating Disorders?

  • Anyone can develop an ED regardless of age, gender, or background.
  • An ED is a life-changing illness. Yes, recovery is possible, but the illness can have lifelong effects on your physical and mental health.
  • No one chooses to have an ED. It cannot be helped.
  • Someone with an ED may be seen as "completely normal" but inside is experiencing something very different.
  • You can't always see an ED. Changes in mood or behaviour may be visible. 

Symptoms of an Eating Disorder:

  • Tiredness, lack of energy and weakness
  • Shame, guilt, and anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Mood swings and social withdrawal
  • Self-conscious and low self-esteem
  • Preoccupation with food 

How to talk about an ED:

  • Feel informed - give yourself more confidence by researching trusted sites like BEAT, First Steps ED, Mind, and Young Minds . There are also resources for parents at  and
  • Choose a place where you both feel safe. Remember your mental health matters too.
  • EDs thrive on secrecy - breaking the silence is a good thing even if it is challenging.
  • Pick a good time to talk - avoid just before, after or during a meal.
  • Food is often a symptom - their feelings hold the key to the underlying cause so don’t forget to ask about them.
  • Express how you are concerned but do not list things you have "watched" as it may lead to them isolating further.
  • Denial is common - if you are worried or concerned there is likely a reason for it.
  • If you are concerned but struggle to have a conversation, is there someone else you could raise the concern to?

Beth, YPAG member.