By Fiona Bromelow, long standing F.E.A.S.T. Volunteer and ATDT Moderator
As the mother of a now 34 year old, I wonder whether there will ever be enough resources to support and help everyone with eating disorders. My new country, Scotland, has a brand new review on eating disorders. It envisions “more equitable, accessible and supportive services for everyone with eating disorders & loved ones, regardless of age, diagnosis, severity or location.” Brilliant– but with emphasis, quite rightly, being put on early intervention, what happens to those who don’t receive early intervention, don’t respond to it, relapse, or develop/reveal an eating disorder later in life? FREED, the latest fashionable, sorry, evidence-based, treatment, is designed for 16-25 year olds with a duration of illness of less than 3 years. I’m sure it DOES work for many and WILL, if rolled out well with adequate resources, lead to full recovery for many, but my daughter has had an eating disorder for two decades. I don’t want to stop any initiatives to help people right at the beginning of their journeys with eating disorders. Early intervention is vital. I just question whether the resources are there for excellence and equity for all.