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Inishowen teens seek help for anorexia 02.09.08

Bodywhys support group starting up

TEENAGERS in Inishowen as young as 14 are seeking help for eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, according to a local mental health organisation.
Moville and District Mental Health Association is in the process of setting up a support group at Serenity House to help them.
Association chairperson Maura Cannon said the support group is being formed in association with Bodywhys, the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland.

"As far as we know, we will be first Bodywhys support group in Donegal and it will be open to everyone in Inishowen as well as the wider county," said Maura.
"We had been contacted by quite a number of parents of young teenagers displaying the symptoms of either anorexia or bulimia. The youngest person was just 14 and while all were female, we have no doubt that there are young males out there too with eating disorders."
A representative from Bodywhys will host a public information evening later this month
Maura Cannon
in Moville to explain what eating disorders are and to discuss the role that a support group can play in recovery. The information evening will also tackle the stigma that can leave people with anorexia and bulimia suffering in silence.
"Because an eating disorder is a psychological condition, many people are afraid to talk about it or to seek help.
"All we need is a couple of people to come forward and join the support group and more will follow. Everyone will be treated with the utmost confidentiality," added Maura. An information night will be held in Moville this month and a representative from Bodywhys, Dublin will attend. The exact date is still being confirmed so for further information, please contact Serenity House on 9382945.
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