- An estimated 188,895 Irish people will experience an eating disorder at some point in their lives.
- Over 85% of those experiencing eating disorders find it hard to access treatment.
To mark Eating Disorder Awareness week, today Thursday 5 March, the HSE have launched the first Self Care App which provides valuable information for those with or people caring for someone with an eating disorder. Early intervention is associated with better outcomes and faster recovery but research shows that over 85% of those experiencing eating disorders find it hard to access treatment.
The app provides accurate information and advice for anyone worried about developing an eating disorder or for those who have been diagnosed or are recovering from an eating disorder.
The app was developed by HSE Clinical Programme for Eating Disorders ,Bodywhys, and the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland and it contains helpful information for family and friends including:
- Advice about what to say and do
- Guidance to get help at the right time and place
- Help on the road to recovery
It is important to note that this Eating Disorders Self Care and Information App is not a treatment programme or a replacement for medical advice.
For advice on how to access health care support for eating disorders please contact your local GP.