Tom Brake is supporting Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse who led a Westminster Hall debate last week on the role stigma plays in preventing people with eating disorders from accessing early treatment.
Eating disorders affect 1.25 million people in the UK and despite evidence showing early intervention is critical to recovery, people wait an average of three-and-a-half years between the onset of symptoms and starting treatment.
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"By creating and maintaining the stigma surrounding eating disorders, we are not only failing to listen to those suffering from these disorders, but we are showing them that we do not view their struggles as valid. This can turn eating disorders into a silent killer.
"It is a moral failure on our part to create a society with impossible beauty standards, and then turn our backs on people whose mental and physical health suffers because of it. To help those in need of assistance, we must make it easier to speak out about eating disorders and seek treatment."
Tom is contacting the local Clinical Commissioning Group and South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust to press them on their plans to cut waiting times for accessing treatment.