eating disorders

8 petitions

Started 1 month ago

Petition to Public Health England

Change Public Health England's new 100 calorie snack campaign

Look for 100 calorie snacks, 2 a day max - no thanks!  Public Health England has recently introduced a campaign encouraging parents to only allow their children two 100 calorie snacks per day (excluding fruit and vegetables). The campaign is aimed towards parents, however, the TV and radio advert appears to be aimed towards a younger audience. The catchy theme tune - 'look for 100 calorie snacks, 2 a day max!' can easily be remembered by young children and thus leads to my concern. Whilst one agrees with the promotion of healthy eating and reducing the amount of sugar in our children's diets, I disagree with using 100 calories as a mark of health. Many processed snacks are under 100 calories whereas many wholesome healthy snacks are over. Laura Thomas (PhD, RNutr) wrote that 'kids energy requirements fluctuate daily, depending on activity levels, illness, and growth spurts. Predetermining how much a child ‘should’ eat, cajoling them to finish their snack, or not allowing them to have more if they’re really hungry can undermine their ability to self-regulate feeding based on their innate hunger & fullness cues.' This emphasises that healthy and intuitive eating is not as simple as cutting out all snacks over 100 calories. All children have different nutritional needs! One fears that using 100 calories as a benchmark of health teaches the wrong message to children. We should be teaching them to nourish their bodies whilst having a healthy and balanced diet. Unfortunately, one feels that this campaign could trigger eating disorders for people with a predisposition at an earlier age. By focusing on calories rather than the health content of food, the promotion of 100 calorie snacks sends out the wrong message to young, impressionable children. This campaign could lead to children counting calories and restricting their diets at an younger age than many already do.  Rather than encouraging two 100 calorie snacks per day, one believes that PHE should give more examples of healthy and balanced lunch boxes to parents. They should be trying to educate parents and children about the sugar content of foods and how to create an overall healthy diet for their child whilst creating sustainable eating habits. One also agrees in giving parents vouchers to buy healthier snacks as this will help make healthy eating more accessible to many people. By changing this campaign we can try to teach children about balanced and healthy diets whilst moving away from calorie counting and restriction. Diet culture is a massive problem within today's society and one believes that if we teach children how to nourish their bodies without depriving themselves at an early age, we can try to combat the problem.  Healthy eating is important, but having a healthy relationship with food is more important. Children need healthy minds as well as bodies. We have a responsibility to teach children that individual needs differ and that there is no 'one size fits all' approach to nutrition. Also, we should teach children about intuitive eating rather than restriction and calorie counting. Food is fuel and is designed to be enjoyed by all - it is much more than numbers. Children need to be taught that calories are not an indicator of the health content of food.

Meg Ellison
5,874 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to UK Government

All models working in the UK must possess a medical certificate deeming them fit to work

There are over 1.6 million people in the UK suffering from eating disorders. As one of these people, I can strongly agree that the portrayal of “perfection” was a contributing factor to my eating disorder. Today, girls and boys of all ages are exposed to the idea of being “perfect.” This is particularly seen in pictures of celebrities & models, covers of magazines and even mannequins in stores. A study last year showed that over 37 female mannequins in 8 high street stores such as H&M and Topshop had a waist the equivalent to an underweight individual.  At just 13 years old I felt the need to be “thin”, because that was how to be “beautiful.” Having suffered with an eating disorder at the age of 15 & continuing to deal with the thought of not being “perfect”, I can say that I never want to see any child or adult going through that. We need to bring a stop to this madness. It’s clear to see that mannequins in stores aren’t that of a healthy person. And no, I’m not an expert, but the proof is right in front of our eyes. H&M female mannequins were proven to have a waist size the equivalent to a 7 year old boy.  We need to reduce the amount of people suffering with eating disorders and many other mental health issues caused by this, by taking action NOW.  In 2015, the French government passed a bill that required all working models to posses a health certificate deeming them safe and healthy to work, in other words, not underweight. In addition, all images that had been digitally edited to make actors, actresses and models look thinner and “better” be labelled “digitally edited.” The UK urgently need to follow suit, by also passing a bill that requires all working models to posses a health certificate and for digitally edited images to be labelled. I strongly believe that we can make a difference & significantly prevent the issues caused by this in future generations, by taking action right now. I urge you to sign this petition, because we need to put a stop to the significant impact that the fashion industry has on mental health. Thanks, Kiera  

Kiera Hammond
478 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to aejays , Amazon, Wicked Wicked

To request Amazon remove the hoodies that are glamourising eating disorders

Having lived with an eating disorder for 35 years, since I was12 years old I am compelled to set up this petition. Anorexia for example is an evil, insidious disease, one which is extremely hard to recover from. I myself have fought a hideous battle fighting and to this day live with an eating disorder.  This is the most utterly foolish idea for a company to even come up with. In my opinion this hoodie carries a potential damaging slogan, why on earth are these organisations and Amazon glamourising Eating Disorders. This hoodie is designed for children?? utterly nonsensical and dangerous. The hoodie carries the slogan "I have an Eating Disorder, I'm about to eat dis order of fries, dis order of nachos and dis order of wings". There is another hoodie available which carries the slogan "I Beat Anorexia". According to Beat, UKs largest charity for Eating Disorders, "Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses and their causes are complex. Anyone, regardless of their age, sex or cultural background, can develop an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. They are a range of conditions that can affect someone physically, psychologically and socially. Over 725,000 men and women in the UK are affected by eating disorders". As an adult I have witnessed first hand the devastating consequences Anorexia and other eating disorders have on young people, and adults alike. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health illness – one in five of the most seriously affected will die prematurely from the physical consequences or suicide. There is so much stigma surrounding eating disorders, which may prevent many people from seeking help. Trivialising them in this way only makes it harder for individuals to get help. To all those invovled PLEASE remove this item from sale immediately.

Vanessa Holbrow
798 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to UK Parliament, Facebook

BAN and REMOVE all "Pro Anorexia" content from social media

** credits to the artist who illustrated the photo ** Pro Anorexia is flooding social media and has a painful amount of problems attached to it. ANYONE of any age can access this material easily and it even comes up on their normal social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr & more.  As someone who is fighting a severe eating disorder, accounts & websites such as : (WARNING : these websites are displayed for the petition only and I do not advise ANYONE other than people in charge who are able to remove this content to click on the links below!) Pro Anorexia influences so many people. From tips on how to diet, to tips on how to get your BMI to a dangerously low figure. Especially on Instagram, I see a lot of accounts claiming they are NOT "Pro" yet they still post photos of extremely thin women & men. There is a block/report option on all social media platforms I have seen it on, but nothing is done about it. It frustrates and upsets me that since I was obsessed with "Pro Anorexia" websites, 6 years later there is still, if not more, disturbing and toxic content floating around the internet with very little said or done about it.  This affects people of all ages and not only is it promoting eating disorders, it is promoting death.  In this day and age, almost everyone uses some sort of social media platform. This means the whole population is at risk.  Please note that eating disorders do not discriminate. ANYONE can become ill. Weight, gender, height, sexuality, race, skin colour & disability do not change the equal possibility of that person developing a life threatening mental illness.  This needs to be dealt with for the sake of my own health, your health & EVERYONE'S health.  Please sign this and share it on every social media platform you use and together we can make a difference. Thank you, Sacha Justine Cuddy & Jodie Kirkman

Sacha Justine Cuddy
2,684 supporters