Local Women Call For Support To Fight Eating Disorders

#SMASHEATINGDISORDERS will see them smashing their weighing scales

Twenty year old Alice Forward from Wandsworth and her friend, twenty-one year old Lily Wakefield from Kingston, are calling Eating Disorder sufferers and supporters alike to smash their scales on 22nd February to raise funds for the charity B-eat. Both Alice and Lily have been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa and are being treated in South West London. They are fighting back against today's number-focused diet culture, and promoting awareness about Eating Disorders.

Alice says: “I'm smashing my scales for B-eat because for so many years, my life has been ruled by an obsession with numbers, calories, weights and measurements, as a way of not having to think about things which cause me deep pain. I am on the road to recovery and although it's the hardest thing I've ever had to do, now is the time for me to finally let go of being haunted by numbers and start living again."

On Monday 22nd February, they will film themselves smashing their weighing scales and post it on YouTube. They are asking for others to join them and take a picture or video of their own scale smash and share it on social media using #SMASHEATINGDISORDERS or to submit them to smasheatingdisorders@hotmail.com. All submissions will be included in a compilation video at the end of Eating Disorders Awareness Week (22/02/16 - 28/02/16).

Lily commented: "I have been battling Anorexia Nervosa for six years. I have been through multiple treatment programmes and I finally feel like I have reached a point at which I am able to work towards recovery and build a life for myself. By smashing my scales, I am letting go of something which has held too much power for too long, and showing myself that this time there is no going back."

If you wish to make a donation go to their Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/smasheatingdisorders

February 10, 2016