Crisis calls double in lockdown for those with eating disorders

There are concerns for those trying to recover from eating disorders during the coronavirus pandemic after one charity reported a doubling in the number of crisis calls.

BEAT, a national charity which runs a helpline from Warrington, warns lockdown pressures could be triggering both new cases and relapses. with the whole nation now more focused on food and exercise.

Hayley Pearse from Chorley was diagnosed with anorexia in 2012. She is weight stabilised and says she considered herself to be recovered - but that the pressures of lockdown have brought back bad habits.

Caroline Price, Director of Services, BEAT says eating disorders thrive on isolation. The charity has moved as many support services online as possible.

The message is despite social distancing, you don't need to struggle with this illness alone.

BEAT relies on fundraising and needs to fill a million pound hole in its budget with the cancellation of fundraising events across the North West

You can find out more about their work and support here.

Charities are now warning that between current cases, relapses, and new illnesses triggered by lockdown, the North West could be facing a real epidemic of eating disorders.

And if demand rises while charities have reduced means to fundraise - vital and life-saving services could disappear.

In Lancashire, S.E.E.D supports those waiting for NHS treatment.