Those weeks and months spent waiting for treatment over an eating disorder can be agonising.
After being referred by a GP, people battling conditions like anorexia or bulimia often face lengthy waits to access the care they need.
As part of the YEP’s series marking Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a Leeds student is today opening up about her own journey to recovery following her anorexia diagnosis.
Those suffering from eating disorders can encounter an average wait of up to three and a half years before they get access to specialist treatment, according to the national charity Beat.
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Seacroft-based Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders, became the only trust outside London to launch a pilot scheme in 2017 called FREED, which offers early intervention by fast-tracking young adults for eating disorder treatment.
“It has just completely and utterly changed my life,” says Anna, now 20.
And it really has.
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