Beating Eating Disorders

Consultant psychiatrist Stephen Anderson went on the run through Glencoe recently to raise money for the charity BEAT which puts eating disorders into the spotlight. The tough Glencoe Marathon is an off-road trail with a total climb of 1608 metres and it was cold, wet and windy for most of the race!

Stephen’s target was £1,500 which he has now exceeded with money still coming in.

Speaking about his challenge, Dr Anderson, who works in the eating disorders service, said: “Eating disorders are complex mental and physical disorders and can be very difficult to recover from. There is often a perception that these disorders are all about weight and that the person has somehow chosen to be like this, and that is not the case at all.

“It is a genuine privilege being able to work with people in their recovery from these horrible illnesses but they generally need more support than we can provide within our eating disorder service.

“I am keen to help increase awareness of the support offered by BEAT and to raise money to help BEAT continue to deliver this support locally.”

An estimated 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder, serious mental illnesses that include binge eating disorder, anorexia, bulimia and other types.