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26th February – 3rd March 2024
Disorder Recovery and Beyond:
Respecting individuality and identity

It is important to understand that an eating disorder develops and functions differently for each person. Over time, it can become a part of a person's identity and can become intertwined with the person's sense of self and what it means to recover is unique to each person. A person-centred approach is crucial to validate and recognise these individual experiences and ensure that each person feels heard and supported.     

For a full list of FREE Online events, go to Bodywhys | Eating Disorders Awareness Week Events 2024

For more information about Eating Disorders, go to  Eating disorders -


Fingal Libraries is hosting a webinar titled.

'Supporting People with Eating Disorders'

with Harriet Parsons, Training and Development Manager with Bodywhys.'


Tuesday, 27th February, at 7 pm.


Book via Eventbrite here.

What is an Eating Disorder: 

Eating disorders manifest as disruptions in eating habits, often accompanied by both physical and emotional distress, posing significant threats to overall health and well-being, sometimes leading to fatal outcomes. To fully understand the essence of an eating disorder from the perspective of those affected, it's crucial to perceive it as a coping mechanism developed to navigate life's challenges and emotions.

As individuals increasingly rely on these disorders to cope, they unwittingly become trapped in a cycle where dependency grows, and survival seems contingent upon maintaining the disorder. Their identity becomes intertwined with their disorder, rendering the thought of relinquishing it daunting and distressing, and they rely on the eating disorder to cope.

While it is clear to everyone else that the person is harming themselves, individuals feel compelled to cling to their disorder for survival. This internal struggle highlights the complexity and difficulty of working through such a disorder to achieve recovery. 


Explore further insights into symptoms, causes, types, and treatment options at Bodywhys | FAQs

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