Unique opportunity to hear leading eating disorder specialist
According to Beat, a charity that supports people with eating disorders, more than 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder and sufferers can range in age from 6 to over 70. There are no simple solutions or rules for those supporting a child with an eating disorder and parents and carers can find themselves feeling isolated as they try to navigate their way through complex, and often emotionally draining situations.
We are therefore extremely grateful that Dr Dasha Nicholls, one of the countries foremost experts on eating disorders in children and adolescents, will give a Keystone talk on Tuesday 22nd March. This is an opportunity for parents to come together in a supportive environment to hear the latest thinking on eating disorders, but also to gain practical insights from a leading practitioner.
Dr Nicholls is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Joint Head of the Feeding and Eating Disorders service at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health. Dr Nicholls will cover a range of issues, including:
· What are eating disorders?
· What are disturbances of eating behavior, and how do they differ from eating disorders?
· What are the risks for developing eating disorders?
· What are the early signs to watch for?
· What is the latest research about what makes a child vulnerable to developing an eating disorder?
· What treatment can a young person expect?
· What support is available?
We would urge parents who would like to be more aware of this issue, those who are already affected and those who care for or work with children who may be affected by an eating disorder to attend. This is a unique opportunity for us all to learn more about these complex and challenging conditions.