Research has shown that, on average, UK undergraduate medical students receive less than two hours of teaching on eating disorders, throughout their entire medical degree. Even more concerningly, 20% of medical schools do not include eating disorders at all in their teaching. Given that 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder, and around 5% of the population will be affected at some point in lifetime, this is something that needs to change.
Eating disorders are highly complex mental illnesses, but they are treatable. Just two hours of training is not enough time to equip medical students with the knowledge to identify the physiological and psychological signs and symptoms and provide the necessary interventions to help sufferers access the most appropriate treatment at the earliest opportunity.
We know there are some fantastic medical practitioners out there and we want every person who presents with an eating disorder to experience this high-quality care. We are campaigning to ensure that every new doctor completes their training with the knowledge and skills to best support someone with an eating disorder, whatever area of medicine they work in.
What you can do
If you would like to support the work on this campaign, just fill in the form and we’ll be in touch. You may have had a good or bad experience with a doctor that you can share with us. If you are a medical student or doctor, you may have some specific good or bad experiences of training on eating disorders that you can share with us. The power of the campaign depends on the voices of those who have lived experience of the issue, so we’d love to hear from you.