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eating disorders

12 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Jeremy Hunt, David bradley, Rosena Allin-Khan

NHS Adult Eating Disorder Psychotherapy cuts: Patients at Springfield affected SW London

I urge you to support me in appealing the current service review at Springfield Hospital, Tooting, that heavily affects the support available to Eating Disorder patients by prompting a response from Jeremy Hunt (Secretary for Health and Social Care), Rosena Allin-Khan (MP for Tooting) and David Bradley (Chief Executive of SW London and St. Georges Trust) to the suggestions initially made by patients that counter the decisions.    After a service review announced today at Springfield Hospital (South West London and St. Georges Mental Health Trust) it has been decided that significant changes are to be made to the psychotherapy provisions to adults within the care of the Adult Eating Disorders Service. This includes the reduction of psychotherapy from inpatient and day patient services where it is already accepting very few patients for individual therapy. Eating Disorders form as a maladaptive coping strategy to a deeper psychological tension, for which psychotherapy has been the tried and tested solution for over a decade in the service and other services across London. Changes to the type of therapy to many Eating Disorder services have come about as a result of the changes in the NICE guidelines in 2017, outlining vague suggestions.  After a patient feedback meeting with (and subsequent letters addressed to)  the review board it seems the opinions of the patients do not matter. Having had access to the professionals being removed from their posts for nearly 2 years, I am saddened and frustrated that mental health continues to be demoted in the hierarchy of NHS budgeting and the opinions of patients continue to be ignored. It is estimated by the charity BEAT that 1.25 million people in the UK over the age of 18 suffer from an Eating Disorder with this number set to rise.  

Gabriella Rutzler
3,263 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Meegan Fitzharris, Andrew Barr, Meegan Fitzharris, Yvette Berry

FUND A SPECIALIST EATING DISORDER IN-PATIENT TREATMENT CENTRE IN CANBERRA.

This petition has been sponsored by Mr Michael Pettersson, Member for Yerrabi, A.C.T. This means that it will be tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly as early as May! To have your signature counted when the petition is tabled in the ACT legislative you must sign at this link: https://epetitions.act.gov.au/CurrentEPetition.aspx?PetId=81&lIndex=-1 If you have signed the petition on change.org, you will now need to go and re-sign the petition at https://epetitions.act.gov.au/CurrentEPetition.aspx?PetId=81&lIndex=-1 In 2014, I spent 6 months in hosptial in Sydney away from my friends and family to get the life-saving treatment that I needed, and my experience is not uncommon! Currently, the number of people in Australia with an eating disorder at any given time is estimated to be approximately nine percent of the population;[1] of this, 64% are estimated to be female. Approximately 15% of women will experience an eating disorder at some point during their lifetime. As of March 2017, Canberra’s population was 409,100.[2] Using the above statistics, it can be estimated that, at any given time, 36,819 people in Canberra are suffering from an eating disorder. 23,564 of these people are female. 7364 people are likely to die. This shouldn’t be surprising considering eating disorders are the 3rd most common chronic illness, and the second most common cause of mental illness, in young women in Australia. “The mortality rate for people with eating disorders is the highest of all psychiatric illnesses and over 12 times that seen in people without eating disorders.”[3] This is due to both medical complications and increased risk of suicide; Anorexia Nervosa has the highest associated rate of suicide of any mental illness, including depression.[4] Under the current health care system, less than half (46%) of people diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa in Australia fully recover. It should be noted that these statistics do not account for the frequent under-reporting and under-treatment of eating disorders. Despite this, both the public and private health care systems for eating disorders in the ACT are considerably lacking. Currently there are no inpatient services for eating disorder treatment in Canberra,[5] and while there is a public outpatient support program, the wait to be seen by this team was an estimated 8 weeks/2 months (May 2017).  Consequently, many young people, disproportionately young women, around Canberra are not receiving necessary and life-saving health care treatment. The ACT Government expressed a commitment to promoting the recovery of people with a mental disorder or mental illness, in the Mental Health Care Act 2015 (ACT). If they are truly committed to this, it must include ALL people with a mental illness, including the young women of Canberra. As such, we urge the ACT Government to create a specialist eating disorder in-patient treatment centre in Canberra. [1] http://www.nedc.com.au/eating-disorders-in-australia[2] Census[3] http://www.nedc.com.au/eating-disorders-in-australia[4] http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/expanding-medicaresupported-treatment-for-eating-disorder-patients-20170507-gvzz0r.html[5] Current list of inpatient services around Australia: http://www.nedc.com.au/inpatient?tagid=&servicetype=inpatient&population=Adult

Molly Saunders
2,881 supporters
Update posted 4 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
517 supporters